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Take Five With Christiana Drapkin

By Published: February 2, 2007
CDs you are listening to now: Demos from fresh new local vocalists for the performance series "Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings," which I've been curating now for three years. I'm really excited by Melissa Stylianou, Fay Victor and Shayna Steele. Where are the hot male vocalists? Yes, there is Howard Fishman. And then there is the amazing Andy Fite, who writes tons of songs and lyrics, all the time.

Desert Island picks Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (Legacy); Everything by Charlie Parker; Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Everybody's Boppin' (Columbia); Billie Holiday, Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (Legacy); Red Mitchell/Warne Marsh, Big Two (Storyville).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? It's a disgrace to have to sing for the tip jar. Just like the stand- up comedians got themselves organized a couple of years ago, we need to come together and demand some respect and pay. My dentist doesn't do root canals "for the exposure" either.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Keep affordable performance venues open for all ages. Get kids involved often and early

What is in the near future? More Shakespeare & Jazz, more Thelonious Monk, more Eric Satie, Winterreise and Youkali.

By Day (if you have a day job) Back to a day job, now with two kids in college. One sings coloratura soprano, the other has a punk band. Still keep my hand in one-on-one teaching, promoting my music and getting more gigs.


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