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Cat Conner

After singing for many years with some of the hottest West Coast jazz musicians, Cat Conner released her first CD, called “Cat Tales,” on Rhombus Records in June 2012. Featuring the great George Mesterhazy on piano, Gene Cipriano on woodwinds, and Jim Hughart on bass, the CD has made critics take notice. All About Jazz called Cat’s voice “radiant” and said, “This is an impressive debut for a singer who should be much better known.” Cat is a multi-talented performer who has also studied acting, musical theater and improv, and has even written and recorded an album of children’s songs

ARTICLE: RADIO

Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie

Read "Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Winding up Jazz Appreciation Month with special birthday shout outs to the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, pianist Dorothy Donegan, vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand and Blossom Dearie, among others, with new concept recordings from Nancy Kelly (a tribute to Mark Murphy) , Christina Morrison (duets with five other women vocalists) and Ellynne Rey (a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day And the month will be May for a while... I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

Cat House

Label: Cat Tales Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Everything I Love/Everything I Desire; Handsome Man (Pretty Girl); Sans Souci; Giant Steps; Throw Me Away; Remind Me; Baltimore Oriole; Heart’s Desire; Wishing on the Moon; You’re Driving Me Crazy; Come on Strong; What a Little Moonlight Can Do; People Say.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me. Beat Kaestli Collage (B&B Productions)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Cat House, the follow-up to her superb debut album, Cat Tales, California-based vocalist Cat Conner shows again that she has the astuteness and chops to leave many other contemporary jazz vocalists floundering in her wake and gasping for air. This time around, Conner has chosen a baker's dozen of what she calls her “lucky tunes," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast Vocalist Cat Conner's debut recording, Cat Tales (Rhombus Records, 2012) was a critical highlight vocal recording of the year. Conner's grace and sophistication come from the same school that produced Shirley Horn, Rebecca Parris and Patti Wicks. She is a master of the slow ballad and that may be the least of her considerable ...

Cat Tales

Label: Cat Tales Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Hello Ma Baby; I Want to Talk About You; Them There Eyes; If You Could See Me Now; In a Mellow Tone; Some Other Time; Caravan; Embraceable You; I Hear a Rhapsody.

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

Read "Cat Conner: Cat Tales" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cat ConnerCat TailesSelf Produced2011 One of the greatest jazz performance challenges is playing and singing ballads slow...sometimes called “calendar slow." The trick is playing slowly without dragging or stalling. It is simple physics, the difference between velocity and momentum. Simple tempo may be understood in terms of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

Read "Cat Tales" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After thirty years as a jazz singer, California-based Cat Conner has recorded her first album, Cat Tales, an endeavor that is long overdue but no less welcome. For those who haven't heard Conner and may be curious as to what she and her compatriots have to offer, here's a brief summary. Lustrous, pleasing voice, crystal-clear articulation: ...


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