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E. J. Decker

E. J. Decker grew up the youngest in a musical household: his mother played piano; his father was a big band singer who sang briefly with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. His dad often played Big Band records at home, teaching E. J. the unique qualities of the various bands, and how they swung. He also taught his number-three son how to sing at an early age. At the same time, E. J.'s older brothers were playing '50s and '60s rock, R&B and jazz without stop. In his teens, E. J. caught many of the great artists playing live in New York area clubs and concerts: Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Brown, Jr., Jimmy Smith, Alberta Hunter, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, Tom Rush, the original Dave Brubeck Qrt., Genya Ravan, Tom Paxton, the Jefferson Airplane and Sammy Davis, Jr

Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project

Label: Candela Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: You Had Better Change Your Ways; Autumn in New York; What a Difference a Day Made; Blue Velvet; Why Can't You Behave?; Since I Fell for You; It's Too Late (Baby Too Late); When You Walked In the Room; He Loves and She Loves; When I Fall in Love; On the Street Where You Live; I Could Write a Book; (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance; September in the Rain.

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E. J. Decker: Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project

Read "Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project" reviewed by Geno Thackara

E.J. Decker probably could write a book if they asked him--his shaping influences and history of musical collaborations (not to mention social activism) would make it a fascinating one indeed--but it would be so much nicer to hear him sing it. A voice smooth as, well, velvet (pardon the obvious simile) lets him put a rich ...

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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 ...

A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession)

Label: Candela Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: A Job Of Work; Street Of Dreams; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Cottage For Sale; I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Lush Life; Much As I Love You; Born To Lose; Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out); Everything I Have Is Yours; I'm Just A Lucky So And So; Where Is Love

While The City Sleeps...

Label: Candela Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: While The City Sleeps; Magnet; Tenderly; It's Just A Matter Of Time; (We're) Strangers Now; Since I Met You Baby; How To Handle A Woman; Anything You Wanna Do (I Wanna Do With You); Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?; I Could Have Told You; Sea Cruise; You Don't Know Me


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