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Marlene VerPlanck Loves Johnny Mercer

Read "Marlene VerPlanck Loves Johnny Mercer" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. Capsule An outstanding sampler of Mercer's lyrics, served up by a first-class singer who deserved to be better known. Background How many song lyrics did this man write? Are you ready? ...


For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

Read "For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...


In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to NEA Jazz Masters Bob Dorough, Nancy Wilson and Cecil Taylor as well as trumpeters Hugh Masekela, Tomasz Stanko, Jerry González and Roy Hargrove.


Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018)

Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018)

Marlene VerPlanck, a polished jazz vocalist who began her recording career in 1955, had a strong second career in the 1960s and '70s as a prolific jingle singer, sang backup on Frank Sinatra's Trilogy album and had a third career recently as she toured and performed to critical praise, died January 14. She was 84. Despite ...


Marlene VerPlanck: The Mood I'm In

Read "The Mood I'm In" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi si ricorda di Marlene VerPlanck? La storia del jazz è una miniera di artisti dimenticati o sottovalutati che hanno brillato una sola, breve, stagione o sono rimasti a lungo in ombra. Marlene è una di questi e l'ascolto di The Mood I'm In (inciso a 82 anni, ultimo di una serie d'incisioni pubblicate in tarda ...


Marlene VerPlanck: The Mood I’m In

Read "The Mood I’m In" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Marlene VerPlanck has been recording since 1955. In round numbers, that is 60 years. She is a natural singer in the same way that Frank Sinatra, Roseanna Vitro, and Lyn Stanley are natural singers... they open their respective mouths and music just comes out. And, at the far end of this career, VerPlanck sounds very good. ...


Marlene VerPlanck: 'I'm in Love'

Marlene VerPlanck: 'I'm in Love'

Vocalist Marlene VerPlanck came up in the business in the late '50s when pop and jazz lived together. She began singing in 1952 and recorded her first album for Savoy in '55 with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Jones and drummer Kenny Clarke. A year later came a tour with Charlie Spivak's Orchestra, where she met ...


Interview: Marlene VerPlanck

Interview: Marlene VerPlanck

Singer Marelen VerPlanck has a new album—Ballads, Mostly. It's a delicious collection of moody songs with an upbeat feel. Seven of the 15 track were arranged by Marlene's late husband, Billy VerPlanck, who died in 2009. Though Marlene spent three decades starting in the '60s recording demos and jingles, she began her professional career in the ...


Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was A Moon

Read "Once There Was A Moon" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Marlene VerPlanck is a singing canary of the old- fashioned sort--one who consistently picks great songs and then sings them in a brightly chirping soprano so that every single lyric is quite intelligible. The songs come out radiating an aura of a singer in love with what she's doing. Maybe that all ought to be commonplace ...


Marlene Verplanck Celebrates Her 20th CD at a Free Concert at Manhasset Public Library

Marlene Verplanck Celebrates Her 20th CD at a Free Concert at Manhasset Public Library

Vocalist Marlene VerPlanck celebrates her 20th CD, Once There Was a Moon, at a free concert at Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Road, on Sunday, February 22, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and at The Baha'i Center, The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, 53 West 11th Street, on Tuesday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ...


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