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Caterina Valente

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"Caterina Valente is more a jazz singer than many artists so identified in the U.S. Her conception, phrasing, and timbre are exceptional." -Leonard Feather: The Encyclopedia of Jazz “A VOCAL SUPERSTAR IN ANY LANGUAGE!” The Los Angeles Times said it, and who are we to argue? In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of “Istanbul” and “I love Paris”. In 1955 Gordon MacRea presented her on the “Colgate Comedy Hour” as the “Malaguena” Girl. This was followed by the worldwide hit “The Breeze and I”. Las Vegas critics raved about the extraordinary talent of the young European vocalist who could sing in 12 languages and she soon found the spotlight on TV, at the Hollywood Palace and Dean Martin was so impressed he invited her on his TV show at least a dozen times

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News: Recording

Chet Baker + Caterina Valente

Chet Baker + Caterina Valente

As the summer of 1955 began to dissolve into pre-autumn, Chet Baker made plans to head off to Europe to perform with a new rhythm section: Dick Twardzik (p), Jimmy Bond (b) and Peter Littman (d). Their first stop was in the Netherlands in mid-September followed by Germany and France. But a month into the tour, ...

Album

I'll Remember April

Label: Blue Moon
Released: 2014

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Article: Extended Analysis

Orchester Kurt Edelhagen: Big Bands Live

Read "Orchester Kurt Edelhagen: Big Bands Live" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Maestro Kurt Edelhagen's Orchestra was a band for its time, deftly blending elements of swing, pop and jazz to help move Germany--at least the Western part of it--away from Nazi strictures and toward a more open-handed environment that not only tolerated but nourished the country's alliance to big-band music that spawned a wide array of world-class ...

Album

Valente In Swingtime • Love

Label: Pye Records
Released: 2004

Album

Greatest Hits / The Intimate Valente

Label: Pye Records
Released: 2004

Album

In New York

Label: Pye Records
Released: 2002

Album

"Girltalk"

Label:
Released: 2001
Track listing: Chiquilin de Bachin; Martina (Les Enfants qui Pleurent); And So It Goes; Gigi; Prelude No. 3; With a Song in My Heart; Andantino (Sonata in C Minor) The Most Beautiful Sea; The Way We Were; All of a Sudden My Heart Sings; Tout

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Article: Album Review

Caterina Valente/Catherine Michel: "Girltalk"

Read ""Girltalk"" reviewed by Dave Nathan


This isn't a jazz album and even though it was released by a top jazz label and Nagel-Heyer doesn't claim that it is. Remember Caterina Valente who more than 45 years ago swept America with such pop hits as “I Love Paris" and one of the most exciting vocal versions of “Maleguena" ever. In the year ...


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