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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 ...


Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

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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 ...


Go Slow: The Life of Julie London

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Go Slow. The Life of Julie London
Michael Owen
296 Pages
ISBN: 9781613738573
Chicago Review Press

“Vinyl Viagra"

“Mainly I'm a lyric reader."

“Mickey Mouse...she can even make that sexy."

“I'm not a singer.

If ...


Anat Cohen at Davidson College

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Anat Cohen/Davidson College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo
Davidson College / Duke Family Performance Hall
Davidson, 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 holiday ...


Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kassé Mady Diabaté, George Coleman & Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Music Hall Of Williamsburg
September 30, 2015

On the ground level, there was a tendency to simply watch the flickering images, glimmering out from old school projectors, rattlingly housed within the mixing desk corral. As most of the players in this Montréal collective, particularly ...


Melissa Stylianou: No Regrets

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Canadese di nascita e formazione, la cantante Melissa Stylianou ormai da un decennio vive a New York, dove s'è fatta conoscere e apprezzare per le pregevoli collaborazioni (Ben Monder, Chris Lightcap, Matt Wilson, Rodney Green) ed i concerti in prestigiosi club come il Blue Note, l'Iridium, il Jazz Standard o il Birdland.
Se nei quattro ...


Who Was Jane Fielding?

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Back in 2012, I posted on Jane Fielding, a husky-voiced vocalist who recorded just two albums—Introducing Jane Fielding (1955) and Embers Glow (1956)—along with two songs performed on Bobby Troup's Stars of Jazz in 1957. Then she disappeared. At the end of the post, I originally asked Ms. Fielding to reach out to me. In February ...