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NEWS: OBITUARY

Keely Smith (1929-2017)

Keely Smith (1929-2017)

Keely Smith, a vocalist best known in the 1950s at nightclubs and on TV as the stone-faced half of a husband-and-wife comic duo in which she impatiently waited out and mocked the rubbery crooning style of mate Louis Prima before delivering a sincere pop rendition of her own, died on December 16. She was 89. After their ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Ralph Hepola

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About Ralph Hepola
Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Intimate Keely Smith

The Intimate Keely Smith

Keely Smith spent the 1950s in the shadow of her husband, Louis Prima. Both Smith and Prima were superbly talented for different reasons. Prima was a natural showman, a terrific musician and a high-energy R&B crooner. But Smith was the better vocalist. As Prima's straight-faced sidekick, Smith occasionally joined him in a comedic duet. When she ...

Jane Monheit and her Muses...

Read "Jane Monheit and her Muses..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When vocalist Jane Monheit blew the music community's hair back with her debut recording Never Never Land (N-Coded Music) in 2000, she was 22-years old, beautiful, sensual, soon-to-be-married and talented with chops to spare. By 2016, Monheit had released nine additional studio recordings, including the well-received Come Dream With Me (N-Coded Music, 2001) and Surrender (Concord, ...

Thisbe Vos: Under Your Spell

Read "Under Your Spell" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A Southern California Girl with a love of standards and romantic music, Thisbe Vos is not your typical female vocalist performing Louis Prima/ Keely Smith duets in a jazz band. Born in the Netherlands, Vos began exploring music by playing the harp and doing musical theatre and only after joining the British swing band, The Jive ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Collector’s Edition Box Set

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Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings Collector's Edition Box Set

Proper American

2011

From all accounts, founding member Bill Wyman resigned from the Rolling Stones in 1992 because he was weary of the frantic pace of life as bassist for “The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band."

Wyman's bass ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: An Unconventional Backstory

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Giacomo Gates brings a rich, full-bodied timbre to the vocal jazz table. His pure vocalese approach has earned him lauds among critics, who hail him a champion artist in the modern jazz genre. He's been performing alongside the most recognized artists in the industry, using only his voice to produce a broad range of spectral color. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Read "2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" reviewed by Gary Firstenberg

The city of New Orleans is riding high these days. With the beloved football team winning the Super Bowl, a new mayor promising a brighter future, a rebuilding of structures and economy, and a new HBO television show, Treme, extolling the virtues of the unique culture of this musical mecca, times could not be better for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz Fest: 2010 Lineup/Dates

PEARL JAM, MMJ, CROWES, WSP, ARETHA AND MORE!

Jazz Fest '09 by Adam McCullough The usual dizzying assortment of musical talent will descend on New Orleans for the 41st New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The first weekend takes place April 23-25, 2010, and the second week is April 29-May 2, 2010. The lineups thus far ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Keely Smith: The Essential Capitol Collection

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Keely Smith
The Essential Capitol Collection
Capitol/EMI
2007



Of all the great American female singers, Keely Smith may be the most naturally gifted. The instrument, the technique, the sense of melodic line all invite the closest analysis and emulation--simply exemplary, textbook examples of the art of singing. How ...