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Libby York

LIBBY YORK is not the kind of jazz singer that needs vocal pyrotechnics to engage an audience. Whether she is singing a ballad or swinging hard on a standard, her deep connection to the lyrics and subtle improvisations on the melody convey an intimacy that makes each song feel like she is telling a story about her own life. On DREAMLAND, York’s newest recording, she once again plies her rich, expressive voice to a set of mostly lesser-done standards that highlight her ability to cut to the emotional core of a song.

DREAMLAND is York’s fifth CD as a leader and producer. The album follows Memoir (2014), Here with You (2008), Sunday in New York (2003), and Blue Gardenia (1999). Her performances and recordings have garnered raves from the international jazz press. DownBeat Magazine gave Sunday in New York four stars and said, “Stylish and cosmopolitan with a broad streak of lush life urbanity, Libby York has a sound that recalls, without any condescension or gratuitous nostalgia, the slightly world weary, been around the block ennui of post war Anita O’Day, Chris Connor and Sarah Vaughan.”

York has enchanted audiences at venues such as Mezzrow, Jazz Forum The Kitano, Waldorf Astoria and Metropolitan Room New York City, Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club Chicago, venues in Los Angeles, the Netherlands, Vancouver BC and Cafe Laurent, Paris.

It’s rare for Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker contributor and author (Paris to The Moon, Through he Children’s Gate), to write liner notes. But he was so taken by York’s voice and style that he offered to write them for York’s Here with You. Gopnik enthuses: “…the miracle of jazz singing as good as this, is that a voice’s encounter with words manages not only to produce the emotion the songwriters put in but add another new emotion of the singer’s own. Cool jazz singers Anita O’Day, Chris Connor, June Christy and Julie London are subtle influences on York, but her voice is unique, with a rich, warm tone not often found. She mentions Rosemary Clooney’s comment “I’m a singer of fine songs who works with jazz musicians” as resonating with her approach. In live performance she is a true jazz singer who improvises with her phrasing and swings hard. “The in-the-moment interaction with my band members is such joy!

York is also an astute record producer and a favorite with many top jazz musicians. Over a 40-year career, she has recorded and performed around the country and around the world with jazz luminaries like John Di Martino, Warren Vaché, Russell Malone, Frank Wess, Billy Drummond, Howard Alden and many more. 

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“A jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety” New York Times

“Her wit and easy swing” The New Yorker

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


OA2 Records


Here With You

Self Produced


Blue Gardenia

Southport Records


Hit the Road to Dreamland

From: DreamLand
By Libby York


Roberta Gambarini
voice / vocals
June Christy
voice / vocals
Greta Matassa
voice / vocals
Jackie Ryan
voice / vocals
Judy Wexler
voice / vocals
Diane Marino
piano and vocals
Jo Lawry
voice / vocals
Sue Oatts Tucker
voice / vocals
Marcus Goldhaber
voice / vocals
Denise Donatelli
voice / vocals
Susan Krebs
voice / vocals
Ray Brown Jr.
voice / vocals
Julian Yeo
voice / vocals
Amandah Jantzen
voice / vocals

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