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NEWS: OBITUARY

Annie Ross: 1930-2020

Annie Ross: 1930-2020

Annie Ross, a pioneering vocalese singer and songwriter, and the last surviving member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross—arguably the best-known and most successful vocal group in jazz—died on July 21. She was 89. Writing lyrics to jazz standards and modern jazz solos and singing them was a mark of subterranean hipness in the late 1940s and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alyssa Allgood: Lady Bird

Read "Lady Bird" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Today scat is, literally, a dirty word. In a more polite age it was what Louis Armstrong did when he forgot the words to “Heebie-Jeebies." Such was Pops' influence that, even though it was a mistake, soon everyone was doing it. After bebop kicked in, King Pleasure took things further when he first ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit: Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2012

Read "Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit: Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2012" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz BenefitCatalina Jazz ClubHollywood, CAAugust 11, 2012After kicking off Saturday night's festivities with a hard-charging version of Cole Porter's “It's Alright With Me," a beaming Cheryl Bentyne welcomed Catalina Jazz Club's capacity audience by effusing over the wide array of talent that had assembled ...

Take Five With Erin Dickins

Read "Take Five With Erin Dickins" reviewed by Erin Dickins

Meet Erin Dickins: I am a jazz singer and a founding member of the Manhattan Transfer. I have performed and recorded with everyone from Jaco Pastorius and The Talking Heads to Leonard Cohen and Dr. John. After taking a hiatus, I have returned to jazz with a new solo CD, Nice Girls. I am ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Denise Donatelli: Songbird With A Grammy Nomination

Read "Denise Donatelli:  Songbird With A Grammy Nomination" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Los Angeles-based vocalist Denise Donatelli won a Grammy nomination with her third CD, When Lights Are Low (Savant Records, 2010). An East Coast native and a recipient of classical piano training, she turned to singing jazz, wound up relocating to the West Coast and has since pursued her performance and recording career. This interview was conducted ...

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Take Five With Beat Kaestli

Read "Take Five With Beat Kaestli" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Beat Kaestli: Beat Kaestli is a Swiss vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. When faced with the choice of a promising singing career in his homeland or broadening his musical horizon in the US, he decided to make New York City his new home. While honing his craft alongside noteworthy jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

My Best Jazz Experiences Through the Decades

Read "My Best Jazz Experiences Through the Decades" reviewed by Larry Taylor

I've been a jazz fan since I was a teenager in the late forties, growing up in Southern California. From grammar school on, I listened to pop tunes of the day--the hit parade songs and big band music that were in the air on the radio. As I entered junior high, I became ...


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