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At the Cantab Lounge recently, Phil Rosenthal found himself singing into a gale-force head wind of loud conversation. It wasn’t unfriendly. Just oblivious. No cover, no minimum, hockey and soccer on the multiple TVs. But there was a crowd of 30 or so attentive listeners on folding chairs in front of the stage as Phil, his son Daniel, and their band sailed on into the clamor. “I’ll fly away,” sang Phil in his relaxed deep baritone. “When I die/ Hallelujah by and by/ I’ll fly away.” The father-son team plays a double-bill with Daniel’s jazz quintet at the Lily Pad on July 7.
Phil laughs when I mention the Cantab’s loud factor the day after that show as I sit down with him and Daniel at Ula Café in Jamaica Plain.