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Connie Evingson & the John Jorgenson Quintet: All the Cats Join In

Read "All the Cats Join In" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Minneapolis-native Connie Evingson is one of the most durable and reliable jazz singers performing. She has had a spate of fine recordings in the last decade, including: Let it Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings the Beatles (Minnehaha, 2003), Gypsy in My Soul (Minnehaha, 2005), Stockholm Sweetnin'(Minnehaha, 2006), Little Did I Dream: Songs By Dave Frishberg (Minnehaha, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Connie Evingson: All The Cats Join In

Read "All The Cats Join In" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Were it not for her decision to remain in Minnesota, Connie Evingson would surely be a better-known jazz vocalist. Over the course of her previous releases she's proven herself to be a prepossessing singer capable of getting to the marrow of a lyric without pretense or posturing. And she's remarkably good at putting together programs, be ...

NEWS: EVENT

JazzMN Orchestra At The Dakota

JazzMN Orchestra At The Dakota

A rare club performance comes to the Dakota to benefit JazzMN’s educational outreach program. JazzMN patrons have long desired to hear the band outside the concert hall. The Dakota’s intimate setting, the searing band let loose, and Connie Evingson’s fabulous vocal stylings will sate that desire. This atmosphere offers more room for soloists such as Dave Karr, ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Big Band Retrospective at The Allen Room

Read "Big Band Retrospective at The Allen Room" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Emceed by scholar/ vocalist Michael Feinstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center continued its 25th anniversary season in a celebration of the big band era. With music supplied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, an ideal orchestra for such a program, Feinstein succeeded in deepening an understanding of the relationship between the bands, their vocalists, and the songwriter/arrangers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Connie Evingson: Sweet Happy Life

Read "Sweet Happy Life" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There are surprises galore and much to be enjoyed in Sweet Happy Life, from fine Minneapolis-based vocalist, Connie Evingson. Perhaps the most immediate of those discoveries, even before a listen, is the canon of work from Grammy and Academy Award-winning lyricist, Norman Gimbel, to whose oeuvre this CD is a tribute.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Connie Evingson: Sweet Happy Life

Read "Sweet Happy Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Norman Gimbel's name may not register with a lot of educated jazz fans, yet he's linked to some of the most important songs and artists in the music. Gimbel wrote the lyrics attached to harmonica ace Toots Thielemans' best known number, “Bluesette," captured Michel Legrand's musical moods in words on “I Will Wait For You" and ...

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Connie Evingson & The Hot Club of Sweden: Stockholm Sweetnin’

Read "Stockholm Sweetnin’" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After the release of the top-drawer Sweet Happy Life (Minnehhaha Music, 2012), it was worth pursuing the All About Jazz review archives to see if there were any recent Connie Evingson releases we neglected to consider. Imagine our luck that a significant recording has been overlooked, one that appeals directly to Evingson's Scandinavian heritage: 2006's Stockholm ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Connie Evingson: Sweet Happy Life

Read "Sweet Happy Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Singer Connie Evingson is a master of thematic programming. Her last several recordings have all been predicated on specific themes that showed great consideration in their concepts. Recordings released since the new millennium include: Little Did I Dream: Songs by Dave Frishberg (Minnehaha Music, 2008); Stockholm Sweetnin' (Minnehaha Music, 2006); Gypsy in my Soul (Minnehaha Music, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Connie Evingson's "Sweet Happy Life," A Tribute To Songwriter Norman Gimbel

Vocalist Connie Evingson's "Sweet Happy Life," A Tribute To Songwriter Norman Gimbel

For her ninth album, SWEET HAPPY LIFE (Minnehaha Music, July 10, 2012 Release), vocalist Connie Evingson (pronounced EE-ving-sen) samples the songbook of Grammy and Oscar winning lyricist Norman Gimbel. “With a healthy dose of bossa nova and samba from Gimbel’s frequent collaborations with Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Marcos Valle and others (“Girl from ...

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Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz: Episode 15, "Sultry Sirens, Part 3"

SoulandJazz.com presents: Continuum--A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 15: “Sultry Sirens 3" Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, 'The Jazz Evangelist' As always, the show is free, absolutely legal, fun for the whole family, and available for listening right now, right here. This week we continue our journey through Jazz with the third installment of 'Sultry Sirens' - but with a ...