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Ilona Knopfler

On “Live the Life,” her new release for Mack Avenue, French chanteuse Ilona Knopfler makes a strong musical statement that further defines her place in the jazz world. The CD features twelve timeless songs from the pens of such legendary and diverse songwriters as Ivan Lins, Charles Aznavour, Thelonius Monk, Claude Nougaro, Abbey Lincoln, and Thomas A. Dorsey �" whose “I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song” kicks off the session and inspired the CD’s title. “Live the Life” highlights the purity of Ilona’s voice, emphasizes her eclectic stylistic abilities and pairs her with a world panoply of supporting players

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Live The Life

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About, Comment Allez-Vous, But For Now, Ask Me Now, Throw It Away, Dansez Sur Moi, Le Jazz Et La Java, This Is Always, Parce Que, Alaone Together, Les Moulins De Mon Couer, No Tomorrow.

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Ilona Knopfler: Live The Life

Read "Live The Life" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Beaucoup plaisir awaits on this English and French jazz vocal new release. Ilona Knopfler, born in Paris but a pre-school world traveler, made her stage debut at the age of fifteen in Hong Kong and later became the house favorite at the Jazz Club in Hong Kong. Moving to New York, Knopfler studied for five years ...

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Some Kind of Wonderful

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Some Kind Of Wonderful; It

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Ilona Knopfler: Some Kind Of Wonderful

Read "Some Kind Of Wonderful" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Ilona Knopfler, who comes from France via Hong Kong with a soulful, belting voice, is being billed as a “jazz singer.” This album doesn’t permit her to confirm that statement. I would say instead that she has taken non-traditional jazz tunes and sung them tastefully, in a classic traditional pop style with jazz inflections, reminiscent of ...

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Ilona Knopfler: Some Kind of Wonderful

Read "Some Kind of Wonderful" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Parisienne Ilona Knopfler breezes through an eclectic collection of contemporary classics with a jazz flair. The music is vintage mid-‘60s to mid-‘70s AM radio fare. Ms. Knopfler’s band delivers a "Some Kind of Wonderful" with a Funk Brothers precision and a Tower of Power horn section sensibility. Rod Argent’s "It’s the time of the Season" and ...


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