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Julie London

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Julie London told Life Magazine in 1957 that she had "only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate." Her vocal style has been described as being sultry, sexy, "come-hither", intimate, breathy, warm, smoky, haunting, husky, sullen, sad, suggestive and seductive. The majority of her album covers were graced by sultry, yet sophisticated pictures of Julie - the cover of her first album, Julie is Her Name, being, at the time, thought of as so sexy that it was described as "...generating enough voltage to light up a theater marquee"

Article: Album Review

Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

Read "This Bitter Earth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ad appena 26 anni Veronica Swift firma il suo album più avvincente e maturo, imponendosi come la vocalist stilisticamente più completa emersa nel nuovo millennio. Dotata di un talento prodigioso, s'è imposta nell'affollato panorama odierno delle cantanti per inventiva e virtuosismo, rinnovando l'eredità di grandi interpreti degli anni cinquanta come Anita O'Day e Dinah Washington.

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Article: Album Review

Melody Gardot: Sunset in the Blue

Read "Sunset in the Blue" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Melody Gardot emerged from her own smoky shadows of the mid-2000s as if she were some femme fatale emanating from a film noir movie. The plot twist was that she was the good girl, but it was her body that had been damaged in an auto accident. An extensive recovery followed. Her long, lean cane only ...

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Article: Interview

Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution

Read "Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some artists are blessed to be born into situations where opportunities are at the ready. Education and training are easily obtainable. Maybe they have connections to the professional world, via their lineage or other friends. Even so, it's still up to them to produce and deal with the inevitable vagaries of their choice to pursue music ...

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News: Recording

Recent Listening: Lyn Stanley Revisits Julie London

Recent Listening: Lyn Stanley Revisits Julie London

Los Angeles singer Lyn Stanley frequently appears in L.A. with a big band of Swing Era veterans. However, in the recording we are sampling today, her accompanists are six of Southern California’s busiest veteran players of modern jazz. Called for this album, the Jazz Mavericks, they are guitarist John Chiodoni, pianists Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang, ...

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Emi Takada

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Born in Sapporo, Japan, Emi Takada began singing at age of 10 in the local renowned Boys and Girls Choral Group. She was moved by being able to communicate with others through music, which transcends all borders. Living overseas for a long time, she continued singing classical music, chanson and a variety of different genres. In 2010, she encountered jazz in New York City where she studied with vocalist Marion Cowings and started her career as a jazz vocalist. After that, she was based on Houston, performing with pianist Bob Henschen, and having live shows in NYC, Tokyo and Sapporo. Her singing has been praised for her transparent, gentle voice quality and overflowing emotion. In November 2014, released her first CD album “I’m All Smiles” (recorded in Houston). In 2017, she moved back in Tokyo. In May 2018, released her second CD album “Why Did I Choose You?” (recorded in NYC)

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Article: Album Review

Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon

Read "Looking at the Moon" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'hanno già fatto Frank Sinatra e Mel Tormè ma non è vietato riprovarci, deve aver pensato Allegra Levy. Giunta al terzo disco, la giovane cantante statunitense esplora un repertorio di canzoni che si riferiscono alla luna, nel titolo e/o nel testo. Sono trascorsi più di cinquant'anni da Moonlingt Sinatra e Swingin' On The Moon (quest'ultimo ne ...

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Article: Album Review

Lucinda Belle: Think Big: Like Me

Read "Think Big: Like Me" reviewed by Paul Naser


Oscar nominated singer-songwriter Lucinda Belle isn't the first to do what she does, but she may be among the most eclectic; the vocalist/harpist keeps tradition alive by feeding it with myriad influences. Though her vocal style and choice of instrumentation often suggest jazz, she reaches well beyond the idiom while staying true to its roots. Her ...

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News: Video / DVD

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Recently over a weekend, I posted a few video clips of Julie London singing and appearing on the TV game show What's My Line? Many of you unfamiliar with London wrote to me fully understanding why I would write that she's my favorite female vocalist of the 1950s and '60s. As I noted, London's voice is the ...

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Article: Interview

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch


My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...


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