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Connie Evingson

Minnesota born-and-raised, Connie Evingson has a catalog of acclaimed albums that run a wide spectrum of genres. From jazz to Broadway standards, to covering Peggy Lee or The Beatles, the Twin Cities-based singer has an adventurous spirit that, like her music, knows no boundaries. Her ten albums released through Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the United States and Canada, and can be heard on radio stations around the globe. Evingson has toured worldwide, with appearances at concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Memorable performances include being a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, and Vince Giordano; multiple performances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion; collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen; performances with the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence, and a standing invitation at the renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Singing Their Praises

Read "Singing Their Praises" reviewed by H William Stine


Don't you love it when Nat Cole sings one of his signature songs, for instance, "Smile?" Someone else sang that this week. What about any recordings of Sinatra singing “Angel Eyes?" Someone else sang that too, because this week great singers and musicians paid tribute to other great singers and musicians in a two-hour love fest of ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Will Power Versus Won't Power

Read "Will Power Versus Won't Power" reviewed by H William Stine


What does it take to lose weight? Willpower. Stop biting your nails? Willpower. What does it take to stop watching America's Got Talent? Half a brain—but that's a different issue. Getting back on topic: what does it take to give up smoking? Again, Willpower. So let me get this straight: Willpower is forcing yourself not to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Love Being Here With You - Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Peggy Lee

Read "I Love Being Here With You - Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Peggy Lee" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of the month included new releases from Sherrie Maricle and the 3D Jazz Trio, Kari van der Kloot, Shelly Rudolph and Tania Grubbs, with birthday shout-outs to Peggy Lee (100 !), saxophonist Adison Evans, pianist Yoko Miwa, trumpeters Clora Bryant, Miles Davis and Samantha Boshnack. Thanks for listening and please continue supporting all ...

Album

All The Cats Join In

Label: Minnehaha Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Love Me Or Leave Me; I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me; Dream A Little Dream; Jardin D'hiver; All The Cats Join In/Tickle Toe; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea; Black Orpheus; I'll Follow The Sun; Solitude; Jersey Bounce; You're Driving Me Crazy; Moonlight; World Without Love; The Lamp Is Low.

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Article: Album Review

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, ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Album

Stockholm Sweetnin’

Label: Minnehaha Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Stockholm Sweetnin’; It’s Alright with Me/Bebop; Lover Man; Come Love; Swingin’ The Blues; Besame Mucho; If I Had You; Windmills of Your Mind; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; In A Sentimental Mood; Throw It Away; Out of Nowhere; Si Tu Savais; After You’ve Gone; Autumn in Kokkola.


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