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Helen Merrill: 60 Years of Warm Sweet Songs

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Helen MerrillAAJ: Do you still go out to clubs and jazz shows?

HM: Yes, I go to jazz clubs when there is something interesting. I just returned from a concert tour of Japan with George Mraz, [pianist] Ted Rosenthal, [trumpeter] Bryan Lynch and [drummer] Terry Clarke. We had a great tour and lots of fun.

AAJ: Talking about the Big Apple, how is it living in a post -9/11 New York?

HM: New Yorkers are very resilient people... We are doing fine and hoping that the tomorrow holds peace for our future generations. The terrible vision of two young people holding hands and jumping from a burning building remains forever in my mind.

AAJ: The human side of Helen Merrill in not so known as the artistic one. At the height of your age and experience what have you to say to the world?

HM: My life has been very rich filled with curiosity and love of humanity. I have always been a traveler in my mind and continue to be that. The best way to remain young is to continue to work. Never give up your dreams.

Selected Discography

Helen Merrill, Lilac Wine (Sunnyside, 2004)
Helen Merrill, Jelena Ana Milcetic aka Helen Merrill (Polygram, 2000)
Helen Merrill, Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown (Polygram, 1994)
Helen Merrill, Clear Out of This World (Antilles, 1991)
Helen Merrill, Alone Together (Emarcy, 1989)
Helen Merrill with Stan Getz, Just Friends (Emarcy, 1989)
Helen Merrill with Ron Carter, Duets (Emarcy, 1988)
Helen Merrill with Gil Evans, Collaboration (Emarcy, 1987)
Helen Merrill, Music Makers (Owl, 1986)
Helen Merrill, Casa Forte (Inner City, 1980)
Helen Merrill, Chasin' the Bird (Inner City, 1979)
Helen Merrill, Sposin' (Storyville, 1971)
Helen Merrill, A Shade of Difference (Landmark, 1968)
Helen Merrill, The Feeling is Mutual (Milestone, 1967)
Helen Merrill, You've Got a Date With the Blues (Verve, 1959)
Helen Merrill, Dream of You (Emarcy, 1956)
Helen Merrill, Helen Merrill With Clifford Brown (Emarcy, 1954)

Photo Credit
Courtesy of Helen Merrill


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