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Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf (December 19, 1915 - October 11, 1963) was one of France's most beloved singers, with much success shortly before and during World War II. Her music reflected her tragic life, with her specialty being the poignant ballad presented with a heartbreaking voice. The most famous songs performed by Piaf were La Vie en Rose (1946), Milord (1959), and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (1960). She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Paris, France; her mother worked as a cafe singer and her father was a well-known travelling acrobat. Abandoned by her mother, she was raised by her paternal grandmother, who ran a brothel in Normandy

Alexis Tantau

With extensive training as classical singer and having sung with various opera companies locally and abroad, it came as something of a surprise when the door to the world of jazz swung wide open for Miss Tantau less than two years ago. Planning to specialize in French art song and opera, she took several trips to study in France, including a year to study Occitan, the endangered language of her ancestors. Over the years, she took her teachers’ suggestions to sing Edith Piaf songs lightheartedly—until she began landing more gigs singing Piaf than Bizet! Her highly-sought renditions of famous French songs by the likes of Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, and Charles Trenet wonderfully compliment the WWII era vibe of the Hot Club, showing off her lustrous vocal timbre, and delicious French diction.

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Christmas In My Soul

Read "Christmas In My Soul" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Includes more Christmas songs penned by women, with holiday recordings by Dave Stryker, Laila Biali, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Angel, plus new releases by Youn Sun Nah, Chloe Perrier, Fostina Dixon, and Elena Gilliam, with birthday shout outs to Bob Dorough, Sue Maskaleris, Diane Schuur, Sean Harkness, Edith Piaf, Camille Thurman ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sara Correia: Sara Correia

Read "Sara Correia" reviewed by Chris May

The late, great bandoneon player Ástor Piazzolla famously said: “There is not one note of happiness in the tango." That is also true of fado, tango's Portugese cousin. Both are the Latin equivalents of African American blues: intense, cathartic expressions of anguish with, in their traditional forms, precious little light at the end of the tunnel. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations

Read "Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This Christmas Eve's broadcast included new releases by Allison Au, Camille Thurman and John Daversa Big Band, with a first look at some Grammy nominees, plus birthday shout outs to Edith Piaf, Bob Brookmeyer and Lil Green , among others. Playlist Geri Allen “Joy and Wonder" from The Gathering (Verve) 00:00 Champian Fulton “Merry ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shinya Fukumori: For 2 Akis

Read "For 2 Akis" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Una bella sorpresa questo trio multinazionale (ma con sede a Monaco) al debutto per ECM, guidato dal trentaquattrenne giapponese Shinya Fukumori e completato dal trentacinquenne tenorsassofonista francese Matthieu Bordenave e dal cinquantasettenne pianista tedesco Walter Lang. Fukumori, che prima di dedicarsi alla batteria aveva suonato il violino e il pianoforte, è giunto alcuni anni ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Giovanni Mirabassi: Live In Germany

Read "Live In Germany" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrazione dal vivo effettuata ai Bauer Studios di Ludwigsburg, questo disco documenta un triplo omaggio tributato da Giovanni Mirabassi ad altrettante grandi cantanti: Edith Piaf, Mercedes Sosa ed Ella Fitzgerald. Si tratta senza dubbio di un progetto pienamente nelle corde del pianista, perugino ma francese d'adozione, che può lanciarsi in calde e raffinate rivisitazioni di alcuni ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

ALA.NI: You & I

Read "You & I" reviewed by James Nadal

Romantic poetry set to music can never go out of style, for it describes fundamental human emotions in a creative fashion. With the conceptual collection You & I, vocalist and composer ALA.NI presents a beautiful blend of chanson inspired lyrical rhythm, laced with vintage American jazz. Able to capture the essence of love in song, she ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bibi Ferreira at Symphony Space

Read "Bibi Ferreira at Symphony Space" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Bibi Ferreira Symphony Space New York, NY September 23, 2016 On the second of her two-night residence at The Upper West Side's Symphony Space, Bibi Ferreira took to the stage with her “Four Times Bibi" show, which brings together four of her previous shows in which she paid ...

1915-2015

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 2015
Track listing: La Vie En Rose; Les Trois Cloches; Hymne À L'Amour; Padam, Padam; Autumn Leaves; L'Accordéoniste; L'Homme À La Moto; Mon Manège À Moi; Milord; Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.


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