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Album Review

Perez: It's Happenin'

Read "It's Happenin'" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Jazz vocalist Perez (first name Diana) offers a sampling on her third album, It's Happenin' . The instrumental portion of this album is really topflight jazz, but vocally the first half is pleasant at best, finding some inspiration about halfway through the session.

Perez is a child of Cuban Irish and Puerto Rican heritage and claims musical expertise going back to age four. She graduated from New York's High School of Art and Design, leaving for Los Angeles ...

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Diana Perez: It's Happenin'

Read "It's Happenin'" reviewed by Marcia Hillman


Harlem-born vocalist Diana Perez offers her talents as a storyteller with this, her third CD, a collection of well-chosen standards and jazz classics that show off fine vocal abilities. Backing her up is David Hazeltine (piano), Steve Davis (trombone), Ron Horton (trumpet), Jed Levy (tenor sax, flute), Nat Reeves (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums), Hazeltine also responsible for several of the arrangements. Perez possesses a rich, full-bodied voice with capable intonation and shading and a gift for ...

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Diana Perez: Sunday Sketches

Read "Sunday Sketches" reviewed by Elliott Simon


In an era with an overabundance of female vocalists who keep the band in the background, trading more on image than voice, Diana Perez is a refreshing change, keeping her voice honest and involving her band as an integral part of the music. In the quintet of Bill Gerhardt (piano), Masa Kamaguchi (bass), Tony Moreno (drums), Ron Horton (trumpet) and Jed Levy (trumpet and flute), Perez has chosen musicians who are keenly able to perceive her moods. They take their ...


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