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by Jack Bowers
Vocalist Marieke Koopman grew up in a musical family in The Netherlands. Although the music was baroque (her father is a percussionist, her mother a harpsichordist), Koopman was somehow drawn toward jazz, especially swinging jazz. The first time I saw a big band perform live, I was mesmerized," she writes. And she made a promise to herself: One day, that will be me, singing with a swing band." On Chapter One, Koopman's debut recording, that promise is kept. Koopman does ...read more