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Emi Takada

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Emi Takada began singing at age of 10 in the local renowned Boys and Girls Choral Group. She was moved by being able to communicate with others through music, which transcends all borders. Living overseas for a long time, she continued singing classical music, chanson and a variety of different genres. In 2010, she encountered jazz in New York City where she studied with vocalist Marion Cowings and started her career as a jazz vocalist. After that, she was based on Houston, performing with pianist Bob Henschen, and having live shows in NYC, Tokyo and Sapporo. Her singing has been praised for her transparent, gentle voice quality and overflowing emotion. In November 2014, released her first CD album “I’m All Smiles” (recorded in Houston). In 2017, she moved back in Tokyo. In May 2018, released her second CD album “Why Did I Choose You?” (recorded in NYC)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon

Read "Looking at the Moon" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'hanno già fatto Frank Sinatra e Mel Tormè ma non è vietato riprovarci, deve aver pensato Allegra Levy. Giunta al terzo disco, la giovane cantante statunitense esplora un repertorio di canzoni che si riferiscono alla luna, nel titolo e/o nel testo. Sono trascorsi più di cinquant'anni da Moonlingt Sinatra e Swingin' On The Moon (quest'ultimo ne ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lucinda Belle: Think Big: Like Me

Read "Think Big: Like Me" reviewed by Paul Naser

Oscar nominated singer-songwriter Lucinda Belle isn't the first to do what she does, but she may be among the most eclectic; the vocalist/harpist keeps tradition alive by feeding it with myriad influences. Though her vocal style and choice of instrumentation often suggest jazz, she reaches well beyond the idiom while staying true to its roots. Her ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Recently over a weekend, I posted a few video clips of Julie London singing and appearing on the TV game show What's My Line? Many of you unfamiliar with London wrote to me fully understanding why I would write that she's my favorite female vocalist of the 1950s and '60s. As I noted, London's voice is the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Go Slow: The Life of Julie London

Read "Go Slow: The Life of Julie London" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Go Slow. The Life of Julie London Michael Owen 296 Pages ISBN: 9781613738573 Chicago Review Press 2017 “Vinyl Viagra" “Mainly I'm a lyric reader." “Mickey Mouse...she can even make that sexy." “I'm not a singer. If ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Anat Cohen at Davidson College

Read "Anat Cohen at Davidson College" reviewed by Perry Tannenbaum

Anat Cohen/Davidson College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Davidson College / Duke Family Performance HallDavidson, NC April 21, 2017 We've known for a long time that Anat Cohen can electrify audiences whenever she picks up her clarinet and plays. After her recent residency at Davidson College, we can now proclaim that ...

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Early Chris Connor: 1953

Early Chris Connor: 1953

It's no secret that three of my favorite female vocalists are Julie London, Sarah Vaughan and Chris Connor. Yesterday, I was listening to Chris with Stan Kenton in the spring of 1953 and Sy Oliver in December of that year. Prior to Kenton, Chris in 1952 recorded as a solo singer with Jerry Wald and then ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Julie London: A Good Cry

Julie London: A Good Cry

Julie London sang Cry Me A River several times on TV over the years after she made the song her own in 1956. Written by Arthur Hamilton in 1953 for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the film Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), the song was dropped in 1954 during production. Cry Me a River was then offered ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Julie London's Holiday Album

Julie London's Holiday Album

As most readers know, Julie London is one of my favorite female vocalists. She had a captivating, cool singing style. Her satiny delivery was nocturnal and relaxed, and she took on tough songs and aced them with a proud, detached strength and maturity. You may recall that last year, I wondered why London only released one ...


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