Dani Elliott and Young Pandas play 33 in New London

Dani Elliot performs Friday in New London.
Dani Elliot performs Friday in New London.

That's some curriculum vitae, Young Lady! New York singer-songwriter Dani Elliot, who performs at New London's 33 on Friday, is a graduate of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music and counts Minnie Ripperton, Jill Scott and Stevie Wonder as heroes. Original tunes such as "Can't Make Up My Mind" and "Take It Back" reveal a rich ore of jazz-pop melodies.

A seasonal good cause: At the 33 show, Elliott urges fans to help out New London's Covenant House Shelter. A rep will be at the gig collecting scarves and hats for men, women and children.

Don't forget the Pandas! Also headlining is a terrific new band called Young Pandas. Featuring members of Mike Maven, Bad Rabbits, Shai Hulud and Brown Bag Allstars, Young Pandas formed after working on a project with The Roots' Grammy-winning engineer, Jason Goldstein. Delicious antecedants range from Bill Withers and Prince to Bon Iver and Miike Snow.

- RICK KOSTER

Dani Elliot and Young Pandas, 9 p.m. Friday, 33, 33 Golden St., New London; $5; (860) 443-1193.

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