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Helle Henning: Nordic Sounds

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If you're watching the latest Disney film in jny: Copenhagen, you're most likely listening to singer Helle Henning. Helle not only sings the character overdubs for big animated film imports in her native Denmark, but she conducts the ensemble singers on these sessions. She also teaches jazz at one of Denmark's foremost music conservatories and recently ...


The Dazzling Alexis Cole

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Jazz singer Alexis Cole's career has been anything but conventional. She's done residencies in far-flung places like Ecuador, India, and Japan. She fronted the Army's big band for several years as a soldier herself. And now she's a faculty member in the jazz program at SUNY Purchase. With a dozen critically acclaimed albums under her belt, ...


Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine

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Rising jazz star Dara Tucker has added three new trophies to a rapidly growing lineup of awards. At this year's Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMAs) she won Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Jazz Album, and Song of the Year for her April release, Oklahoma Rain (Watchman Music). These three awards follow closely on the heels of her ...

The Oster Welker Jazz Alliance: Shining Hour

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San-Francisco-based Jeff Oster has one of those happy-sounding voices that make you feel happy, too. Even a depressing kind of song like “Sophisticated Lady" leaves the impression that, after all of that “smoking-drinking-never-thinking-of-tomorrow" stuff, everything will turn out okay. But it isn't until Oster scats that you really submit to his affable sound and just want ...


Mark Murphy: Inside the Mystery

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Beyond its stylistic differentiators, jazz contains what vocalist Mark Murphy calls “a wonderful mystery," a mystery that was fostered in small, regional clubs around the US during the '30s-40s, when Murphy was developing the distinctive vocal style that launched his decades-long career.

"I've seen this mysterious quality of jazz set rooms on fire," Murphy attests. ...

Tessa Souter: Nights of Key Largo

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Tessa Souter excels at creating mood and on her new CD, Nights of Key Largo, that mood is one of a relaxed intimacy: She never strains to emote, never pushes a note, never rushes a phrase. Her material--13 songs about moonlight, sand and romance--lends itself to this kind of laid-back treatment, reminding the listener that there ...


Max Raabe: Heute Nacht Oder Nie

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In November 2007 German singer Max Raabe performed at Carnegie Hall with the Palast Orchester, presenting a half-English, half-German program of songs from the golden years of Weimar Germany. The resulting recording--Heute Nacht Oder Nie (Tonight Or Never)--has spurred a flurry of activity both in the States and abroad, and Raabe has been on the road ...


The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide

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The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide
Scott Yanow
Paperback; 264 pages
ISBN: 0879308257
Backbeat Books

Gosh, there are a heck of a lot of jazz singers out there. More than 700 at least, according to Scott Yanow, who takes on the daunting task ...


Deborah Latz: Lifeline

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Deborah Latz is a bold singer with a strong sense of her own musical identity. So sure-footed is she that it's hard to imagine her needing a lifeline--she's more the type to throw one to the sinking. Lifeline does just that--the 14 tunes pull the listener into Latz's fast-moving ship as it skims across her repertoire ...


Litchfield Jazz Fest 2008

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Litchfield Jazz Festival
Goshen Fairgrounds
Goshen, Connecticut
August 1-3, 2008

No doubt that Litchfield Hills in northwest Connecticut is some of the prettiest terrain within a two- hour drive of Manhattan. The region attracts all sorts of visitors--antique buyers, wine tasters, history buffs and, for more than a decade, ...