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Anne Phillips

Growing up near Reading, Pennsylvania, Phillips ‘played piano by ear non-stop as a child’, later studying piano and voice. She attended Oberlin College, singing in her freshman year with the college big band. She had her own radio show, singing and playing on the college station, and sang with a college trio that was the supporting act on the occasion of Dave Brubeck’s famous Brubeck At Oberlin concert. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she relocated to New York City. There, she performed on a number of live television shows as a member of two of the best known choirs, the Ray Charles Singers and the Norman Luboff Choir

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

Read "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening: “New” Ones By Anne Phillips And Roger Kellaway

Recent Listening: “New” Ones By Anne Phillips And Roger Kellaway

Until recently, it may have seemed that the singer and songwriter Anne Phillips had resigned as a performer. She had not. Those who remember her 1959 debut album, Born To Be Blue, may be delighted to know that her years below the radar as a writer, arranger, conductor and studio musician did nothing to dilute her ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart

Read "Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final August broadcast included new releases from saxophonists Houston Person and Roxy Coss, pianist Eliane Elias, and The Time Flies featuring Monika Herzig, with birthday shout outs to Dorothy Parker, Carolyn Leigh (pictured), Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter, Mimi Fox and Linda May Han Oh, among others. Also a preview of who was playing in NYC ...

NEWS: EVENT

The September Concert: The Heart Of Jazz For 9/11- Now In Its 10th Year

The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11- now in its 10th Year. On Thursday, September 11, 40 of NYC’s top jazz artists will meet at Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St. NYC from 7pm - 1am, to play their take on various facets of that wretched day & its aftermath. They’ll be playing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Anne Phillips: 'I Remember Birdland'

Anne Phillips: 'I Remember Birdland'

In 1959, Anne Phillips recorded Born to Be Blue (Roulette)—one of the finest female vocal albums of the year. I posted about it here in 2011 along with my conversation with Anne. A few days ago, Anne and I exchanged emails and she shared with me new lyrics she wrote to the melody of Lullaby of ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Anne Phillips

Interview: Anne Phillips

Back in August, I poked fun at vocalist Anne Phillips. Well, not atAnne, personally, but at the cover of her 1959 album for Roulette, Born to Be Blue. Having her pose down at the rat-infested Brooklyn piers made the LP cover a natural target for my weekly “Oddball Album Cover" feature. Well, it turns out Anne ...

Born to be Blue

Label: Roulette Jazz
Released: 2000
Track listing: Born To Be Blue; Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night; Easy Street; For Heaven Sake; It Could Happen To You; You Don't Know What Love Is; Lonelyville; I've got to Pass your house; A Stranger in Town; I Don't Want To Walk Without You; There Will Never Be Another You; When Sunny Gets Blue.


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