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Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery & Naama Gheber

Read "Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery & Naama Gheber" reviewed by Joe Dimino

On this new 791st Episode of Neon Jazz we celebrate the new, the young and the champions. We kick off the show with a New York City singer Naama with the title track off her 2023 album Where Flamingos Fly. From there, we celebrate the local team in Super Bowl 57 by way of the Kansas City Chiefs with the song “Chiefs Kingdom" from Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski. We then take a look a another crop of new albums in ...


Album Review

Naama Gheber: If I Knew Then

Read "If I Knew Then" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City-based vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut recording, Dearly Beloved (Cellar Music) in 2020, just before the global COVID-19 pandemic. With live entertainment brought to a halt, Gheber found herself with time on her hands and no way to promote her considerable talent in live performance. Israeli by birth, Gheber was an enfant terrible who ascended quickly professionally. After being trained at the Center for Jazz Studies in Tel Aviv, Gheber was accepted into the jazz program at ...


Album Review

Naama Gheber: The Very Thought of You

Read "The Very Thought of You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Naama Gheber closes her 2022 summer season of singles releases with Ray Noble's 1934 composition, “The Very Thought Of You." The song was first recorded by Ray Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly on vocals for HMV in England in April, closely followed by Bing Crosby's performance that same year and enjoying many revivals since then. The spring and summer of 2022 saw Gheber releasing, “Old Mother Hubbard," “I'm A Fool To Want You," “You're Driving Me Crazy," and ...


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Naama Gheber: Dream Dancing

Read "Dream Dancing" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut recording Dearly Beloved (Cellar Live, 2020) immediately before the pandemic. In spite of this interruption in the traditional marketing of music, the recording received much positive attention within the All About Jazz community and other outlets. Since the easing of restrictions, Gheber has turned things upside down by releasing as singles her entire upcoming EP If I Knew Then, slated for the street in November. Gheber has already released, “Old Mother Hubbard" ...


Album Review

Naama Gheber: You're Driving Me Crazy

Read "You're Driving Me Crazy" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Naama Gheber continues to release singles from her upcoming recording, If I Knew Then, presently due to drop in November 2022. She has previously released the singles “Old Mother Hubbard" and I'm A Fool To Want You. Staying in the same orbit with The Great American Songbook, Gheber affords us the 1930 Walter Donaldson composition, “You're Driving Me Crazy." This song has been a popular feature in film, finding its way into cartoons featuring Betty Boop, Silly ...


Album Review

Naama Gheber: I’m A Fool To Want You

Read "I’m A Fool To Want You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Naama Gheber is applying a different paradigm to the release of her second recording, the EP If I Knew Then, presently due for release in November 2022. She previously released the single “Old Mother Hubbard" and now follows it with a starkly fashioned “I'm A Fool To Want You." Gheber released her debut recording Dearly Beloved (Cellar Live) in early 2020. It received considerable attention within All About Jazz and other outlets. The talent revealed rivals that of Veronica ...


Catching Up With

Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career

Read "Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser

There is no “normal" journey to becoming an established, professional musician. Every path is different; each story one of a kind. But some are perhaps more different than most. Naama Gheber's surely ranks among those in the “more different" category: not many jazz singers began their adult years by serving as an intelligence analyst in the Israeli air force. Both born and raised in Be'er Sheva, Israel, she fell in love with jazz not ...


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