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Louise Van Aarsen

Louise Alexandra (fka Van Aarsen) Koopman, holds a PhD in cancer Biology and spends much of her days researching & developing novel cancer immunotherapies, but is equally passionate about music and singing. ​ While living and working in Boston for 15 years, Louise's musical 'side-career' took off under the wings of the late and great jazz vocalist and mentor Rebecca Parris, who embraced Louise as her musical protegee. ​ Besides interpreting the great American songbook standards, Louise started writing her own songs; poignant stories and catchy compositions with a unique flavor in a mix of jazz, latin, pop, and singer/songwriter fusion

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Susan Elliott: This Strange Season

Read "This Strange Season" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


There are artists like Louise Van Aarsen who, with her 2012 Destiny (Self Produced), champion “grownup music," that is, music with traditional adult themes presented in a mainstream fashion. Add Susan Elliott to this group with her This Strange Season. Elliott is a member of the Houston Jazz Mafia, in spite of her decidedly non-jazz recording. ...

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Alberto Pibiri & Miriam Waks: So Many Stars

Read "So Many Stars" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


PIanist Alberto Pibiri and vocalist Miriam Waks' recording So Many Stars is a lesson in intimacy. They are an international couple, with Pibiri coming from Italy and Waks from the other side of the world, Australia. The two, married, make New York City their home. They obviously enjoy one another and performing together. They bring an ...

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Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day And the month will be May for a while... I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

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Sue Sheriff: Better Than Anything

Read "Better Than Anything" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


It was in one of those art pieces often used to close an hour out on National Public Radio where a jazz vocalist was being interviewed about the durability and longevity of the “Great American Songbook." The singer remarked that as long as listeners age and have life experience, the standards composed between 1920 and 1960 ...

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Lisa Thorson: Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live

Read "Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Lisa Thorson is a Boston-based vocalist and educator (she is a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music). She has release three recordings: From This Moment On (Brownstone, 1994), Resonance (GM Recordings, 1999) and Out to Sea (Self Produced, 2002). Even a dedicated teacher must spread her creative wings from time to time, and Thorson ...

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Milton Suggs: Lyrical, Volume 1

Read "Lyrical, Volume 1" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist/composer Milton Suggs released Things To Come to certain positive acclaim. In an arid male jazz vocals landscape, Suggs recalls a simpler time ruled by the likes of Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. His voice is deep and rich, with Betty Carter's pliability and Jon Hendricks' smokiness. On Lyrical, Volume 1 he fronts a larger-than-average band ...

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Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part I: Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecka Larsdotter

Read "Jazz Singer/Songwriters Part I: Louise Van Aarsen and Rebecka Larsdotter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


We can only hear “My Funny Valentine" so many times presented in so many manners. Writer Scott Yanow, in his book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide (Backbeat Books, 2008), called for a moratorium on singers recording this and several other songs because, like “Stairway to Heaven" and “Freebird" (for those from behind the Cotton Curtain), ...

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Destiny

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