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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

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You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day
And the month will be May for a while...

I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens

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“Horn did ballads and cool, understated ruminations better than anyone except her first champion, mentor and lifelong friend, trumpeter Miles Davis. Both were masters of silence and anticipation, but even Davis teased Horn about her pacing. 'You do 'em awful slow!' he once said.'"

Richard Harrington, Washington Post.

The incandescence that was ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Vocalist/Pianist Patty Wicks: 1945-2014

Vocalist/Pianist Patty Wicks: 1945-2014

Vocalist and pianist Patti Wicks, who divided her jazz life between New York and Florida for the past 40 years, recording several well-considered albums since the turn of the new century, died from heart failure March 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 69-years old. Wicks belonged to that rarefied group of performers that include Shirley Horn, Nina Simone ...

Kate Reid: The Love I’m In

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Dr. Kate Reid is a faculty member of the Fine Arts department of Cypress College in Southern California. However, Reid is no stuffed shirt, ivory tower type. No, she is a living, breathing, practicing jazz singer, one who holds on to tradition loosely, having fun with the music she performs. She belongs to that treasured group ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

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Cat Conner

Cat Tailes

Self Produced

2011

One of the greatest jazz performance challenges is playing and singing ballads slow...sometimes called “calendar slow." The trick is playing slowly without dragging or stalling. It is simple physics, the difference between velocity and momentum. Simple tempo may be understood in terms of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard

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Nich Anderson is a Northwest coast jazz vocalist and jazz vocals champion who has been bringing jazz vocal talent to his “house concerts" in Washington State for the past 10 years. Anderson and Origin Records' house presence Bill Anschell have produced a recording documenting some of this talent. The result is a collection of duets and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Patti Wicks's Jazzy Turn at the Metropolitan Room

Patti Wicks's Jazzy Turn at the Metropolitan Room

The jazz singer and pianist Patti Wicks is all about rhythmic deconstruction. Like the much-missed Carmen McRae, Ms. Wicks, who appeared at the Metropolitan Room on Monday evening with the bassist Linc Milliman, scrutinizes songs with a raised eyebrow. Words and phrases are dismantled with a wry deliberation and an improvisatory boldness that put a question ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Jazz Session #106: Patti Wicks

The Jazz Session #106: Patti Wicks

Pianist and vocalist Patti Wicks teams up with her Italian trio bassist Giovanni Sanguinetti and drummer Giovanni Gulino and guest saxophonist Scott Hamilton for Dedicated To (Geco Records, 2009). In this interview, Wicks talks about how she dealt with her childhood visual impairment and learned to play by ear; her college days at the Crane School ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The State of Piano Playin' Jazz Singers 2009: Brenda Earle and John Proulx

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There exists in jazz vocals a sub-specialty, those artists who regularly double on an instrument, most often the piano. There are many notable pianist/singers recording, including Patricia Barber, Dena DeRose, Patti Wicks, Harry Connick Jr., Peter Cincotti and Tony DeSare. That is a heady bunch, to be sure. Brenda Earle and John Proulx can now be ...

Patti Wicks Trio: Dedicated To...

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Pianist/singer Patti Wicks started out in New York City, moved to Florida and then each year or so since 2004 has rendezvoused with her Italian rhythm section of bassist Giovanni Sanguineti and drummer Giovanni Guillino in Italy to record successful trio sessions supplemented with a horn, typically a saxophone. For 2005's Basic Feeling (Studiottanta-Fortuna), Wicks was ...