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Blossom Dearie

Blossom Dearie was a remarkable American jazz vocalist, pianist and composer from the bebop era known for her unique voice, definitive arranging style and continent spanning career. From recordings and radio to Calvin Klein ads, the Gilmore Girls television show, and many other film and TV soundtracks, her career swung into the 21st Century. Christina Aguilera and Carly Rae Jepsen are fans, and her friend Tony Bennett honored her as a jazz influence. Elton John recently named the piano he uses in his Las Vegas shows after Blossom. Blossom Dearie was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and was given her name by three proud brothers who brought pear blossoms into the house upon her arrival

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Once Upon a Summertime

Once Upon a Summertime

One of the most difficult songs to sing well is Once Upon Summertime. Written in 1954 by Michel Legrand, French music producer Eddie Barclay and French songwriter Eddy Marnay, the slow waltz originally was entitled La Valse des Lilas (or The Lilac Waltz). In the late 1950s, the song was given English lyrics by Johnny Mercer ...

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Blossom Dearie on Dusty

Blossom Dearie on Dusty

One of my favorite Blossom Dearie albums is That's Just The Way I Want to Be. Recorded in London in early 1970 for the European Fontana label, the album features all hip, pop originals, most of which you've never heard before. Blossom is impossibly vulnerable and delicate on the record. Nestled among the album's gems is ...

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Meet Mary Foster Conklin

Read "Meet Mary Foster Conklin" reviewed by AAJ Staff

About Mary Foster Conklin Mary Foster Conklin is a jazz vocalist based in jny: New York City. She hosts A Broad Spectrum, a weekly broadcast celebrating women composers and lyricists on Sunday afternoons on the HD2 channel at WFDU FM based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The campus closed down in March due ...

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Drinking Again and Them There Eyes - Happy Birthday Doris Tauber

Read "Drinking Again and Them There Eyes - Happy Birthday Doris Tauber" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from Fahir Atakoglu with Luciana Souza and other guest vocalists who contribute lyrics to his latest project of love songs, Carol Albert, Ran Blake with vocalist Christine Correa, plus birthday shoutouts to Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), vocalists Maria Muldaur, Tom Wopat, Nancy Harms, Mel ...

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Leslie Beukelman: Golden Daffodil

Read "Golden Daffodil" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Leslie Beukelman is a singer from Chicago with an endearingly small and youthful lilt to her voice that sets the tone for the gentle, heartfelt feel of her music. On this release she performs a mixture of standards and original songs that shows how well she can handle both jazz and soft rock singing.

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How Sweet it Is

Read "How Sweet it Is" reviewed by H William Stine

Sweet. It's a word you don't hear much, especially now. Home Sweet Home? After four months of sheltering in place, what's so sweet about being home? Sweet Dreams? It's been months since I had one. Sweet Spot? I know what it used to mean, but now it means keeping six feet away from people. Sweet Nothings? ...

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Randy Porter Trio: Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung

Read "Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist/composer/lyricist Dave Frishberg may not be a household name in the world of jazz, but those in the know, musicians and listeners alike, appreciate the often whimsical artist. His works are associated with an “A" list of vocalists, including Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn and Diana Krall. The 87-year old Frishberg now resides ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Riverside Records: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

From 1953, when it was set up, to 1964, when it was acquired by ABC, Riverside Records rivalled Blue Note and Prestige as one of the leading independent jazz labels based in New York City. The founders of all three labels were jazz fans who operated on slim margins and became producers partly because they enjoyed ...


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