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Nancy King: Overdue Accolades

Read "Nancy King: Overdue Accolades" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Before her October 23, 2004 gig at the Jazz Standard, singer Nancy King hadn't played a major New York club in several years. She's never been signed to a major jazz label, although she's come close. By 2004 King had been touring regionally and internationally for four decades and jazz insiders knew who she was, even if the top labels and major festival promoters didn't.Pianist Fred Hersch was one of those insiders. When he invited King to perform ...


Live Review

Nancy King at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch

Read "Nancy King at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Nancy King with Fred Hersch Jazz Standard New York, NY May 9, 2006

A definite anticipatory buzz was in the air around Nancy King and Fred Hersch at Jazz Standard last month. It was much like the happy sound a Broadway audience makes upon arriving for the performance of a newly minted hit musical. In this instance King (a vocalist who until now has mainly been a cult jazz figure on the West Coast) ...


Album Review

Nancy King: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jim Santella

Nancy King's duo performance with pianist Fred Hersch on Live at Jazz Standard allows her to share emotional warmth--which she's portrayed naturally throughout a career that spans over forty years--with her audience in an intimate setting. King's personal interpretations of standards and other popular songs have always worked well in the duo format. Her recorded collaborations with Glen Moore and Steve Christofferson stand out as exceptional vocal jazz albums.

Her performances continue to exemplify the best in jazz ...


Album Review

Nancy King with Fred Hersch: Live At Jazz Standard

Read "Live At Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nancy King is a jazz vocalist who swings for the fences. An all-out scat master, King possesses all of the elasticity of Betty Carter and all of the panache and control of Ella Fitzgerald. Fred Hersch is a pianist's pianist, the finest ballad-oriented player to emerge from the long shadow of Bill Evans. It's a bit of a mystery why these bright lights had not collaborated before Live at Jazz Standard. The result is East Coast meets West Coast; left ...


Album Review

Nancy King: Moon Ray

Read "Moon Ray" reviewed by Dave Nathan

With the passing of Betty Carter, a case can be made that the mantle as preeminent bop and post bop vocalist should be draped across the shoulders of Portland, Oregon denizen, Nancy King. And if there were any lingering doubts about her potential beatification, her performance on this album should eliminate them entirely. For more than 78 minutes, King and her very capable quartet regale the listener with vocal/instrumental art of the highest caliber. From the first track to the ...


Album Review

Nancy King and Steve Christofferson: Dream Lands

Read "Dream Lands" reviewed by Dave Nathan

On Dream Lands, Nancy King continues her journey through American popular music, exploring not only classic standards, but other bits and pieces that have been hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the caverns of jazz vocal music. Previous journeys found her accompanied by guitarist Glen Moore. This time her traveling companion is pianist Steve Christofferson. These two are no strangers to each other having performed together at jazz venues and concerts in their home, the Pacific Northwest for ...


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