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Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia – 1961

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Dizzy Gillespie's “A Night in Tunisia" has been done almost to death. Wikipedia says it has been recorded at least 500 times and it is the title track to at least 30 albums. It might be the most recorded bop tune of all time.

Who did it best? Take your pick.

Dizzy ...

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Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: 1963

Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: 1963

In 1962, Annie Ross had to take a health break from the wildly successful vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. In her place, Yolande Bavan (above) was hired. When I interviewed Yolande in 2007 three months after starting this blog, she told me the story of how she came to join the group (you can read ...

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Take Five With Janis Siegel

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Meet Janis Siegel:
Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned ...

Pete McGuinness: Voice Like A Horn

Read "Voice Like A Horn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Did you hear the one about the singing trombonist?." It's not even a joke because there have been many a fine trombonist that also sing, to wit: beginning with the inestimable Jack Teagarden. Then there's Billy Eckstine, Wycliffe Gordon, Henry Darragh, Natalie Cressman, and one Pete McGuinness who releases his third recording as leader, Voice Like ...

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Al Jarreau: Les Double Six, Les Double Six

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Double Six--when I was in college in my first year, I formed a singing group patterned along the lines of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross--and Double Six.

Double Six changed my life; I listened to them instead of going to class--I think they almost sent me home!

Very important music to me, I ...

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New York Voices: Keeping the Vocal Jazz Flame Burning

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Kim Nazarian went to college in upstate New York for acting, with dreams of the Broadway stage. Some 25 years later, she's enjoying a career that has taken her to stages around the globe--but as a singer. Not just a singer, but one of four that makes up New York Voices, a group that has won ...

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New York Voices: Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne

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New York Voices celebrates its Silver Anniversary with the release of the jazz vocal quartet's first completely live recording, Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne, recorded at the Kölner Philharmonie in May, 2008. Sharing a jazz ensemble field with Manhattan Transfer and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has in no way dampened the group's efforts ...

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Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Hustlin’ For A Gig

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The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet performs in the same stylistic arena of the Manhattan Transfer and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. There. It has been said; and now we have that out of the way. The UVJQ has been active for the past two decades under the direction of Ginny Carr. They are based in the Washington ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Marion Cowings: Hey There

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Marion Cowings, is often known as Dave Lambert's replacement in vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, andhas graced many stages internationally and nationally, including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard and a myriad more. He can be heard on recordings, radio and television broadcasts, is a winner of the Clio ...

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Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice

Read "Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It was a long time coming, but for singer Erin Dickins, recording her debut solo album Nice Girls (Champagne Records, 2010) proved well worth the wait.

Several musical lifetimes ago, Dickins was a founding member of Manhattan Transfer and appears on their first album, Jukin' (Capitol, 1971). While she has remained close with Tim Hauser, ...