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Anthony Strong: Stepping Out

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Not too many years ago it seemed that the art of the male jazz vocalist was heading in the same direction as black and white televisions and 8-track cartridges. One or two notable voices kept the flame alive, but new, young, vocal talent wasn't emerging. Then it started: a slow process, but new male singers began to appear. In the UK the most obvious example of the new breed is the million-selling Jamie Cullum. Anthony Strong's performance on Stepping Out suggests that there's a contender for Cullum's crown.Singer, songwriter and pianist Strong already had a wealth of experience ...

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Anthony Strong: Delovely

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From beat one of this genuinely swinging recording, London-based singer-pianist Anthony Strong and his band nail just the right groove to grab the attention and get heads nodding and toes tapping. Delovely--his second recording, following 2009's self-released Guaranteed!--is a five-song mini-album of mainstream standards, distinguished by Strong's warm and romantic vocal and some fine musicianship from his fellow players. Strong's background includes study at the Guildhall School of Music, work with a diverse array of artists including Michael Bolton, and playing the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the West End cast of Million Dollar Quartet. He ...



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