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Peggy Lee

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More than two decades have passed since Peggy Lee sang with Benny Goodman’s swing band and made her first hit recording. Yet so inexhaustible is her talent and so intense her application to her work that, almost a generation later, she stands at the peak of her career. A product of the big-band era, she derived from that apprenticeship her ability to sing anything from jazz to blues, to sing it with a beat, and with enough volume to be heard above the band. Few vocalists have had her staying power. Peggy Lee is also a successful composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and businesswoman. To all her careers she brings a perfectionism that leaves the stamp of professionalism on everything she touches. Of Norwegian and Swedish ancestry, Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, a farm town on the Great Plains, on May 26, 1920

Album

Knights of Swing (Music from the Motion Picture)

Label: Knights of Swing
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Schoolroom Blues; 2. You’ve Gotta Have A Dream; 3. Love Is Ours Tonight; 4. Cucamonga; 5. Guessin’ Game; 6. Ooh Baby You’re Driving Me Crazy; 7. The Dingle Finger; 8. Butterfly; 9. Bev and Giff’s Diner Date; 10. Song for Now; 11. I’m Falling In Love With You; 12. Things Are Swingin’; 13. Scrambled Eggs; (Instrumental); 14. Baby Don’t Cry Now; 15. Wilson High Victory Stomp; 16. Battle of the Bands Medley; 17. No Bright Tomorrows; 18. The Victory Stomp (Instrumental)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sisters from Another Jazz Mother? Part 2

Read "Sisters from Another Jazz Mother? Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


You know how scientists say that, statistically, every person has roughly six look-alikes around the world? Well the same seems to be true in the music world, where one can find quite a few songs that appear to be sound-alikes of other compositions we're familiar with... This does not have to be necessarily the result of ...

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

Human Feel: Speak To It

Read "Human Feel: Speak To It" reviewed by Mark Werlin


What is chamber jazz? The emergence of chamber jazz as a genre can be traced to the innovative sextet sides recorded in the mid-1930s by bandleader John Kirby, and to the trio and small-ensemble post-war recordings of Benny Goodman. By the late 1940s, the term 'chamber jazz' was widely used in industry publications such ...

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Article: Book Review

George Michael, A Life

Read "George Michael, A Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


George Michael: A Life James Gavin 528 Pages ISBN-13: # 978-1419747946 Harry N. Abrams 2022 Music biographer, James Gavin, summed up his approach to picking biography subjects during his discussion* with Jamie Brickouse in Interview magazine: “With all that I write, my antennae vibrate from miles away ...

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Take Five With Sylvia Brooks

Read "Take Five With Sylvia Brooks" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The content of this article has been updated since its 2009 publish date. Meet Sylvia Brooks: Since the release of her captivating debut, 2009's Dangerous Liaisons, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks has displayed a gift for inhabiting different personas, with a subspecialty in film-noir inspired femmes fatale. On her fourth album, Signature, she embraces the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays

Read "New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from guitarists Jocelyn Gould, Mary Halvorson and vocalists Jennifer Gammill and Shiri Zorn with birthday shoutouts to Judy Garland (100!) pianists Hazel Scott, Irene Higginbotham, Geri Allen and vocalist Lili Anel, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear on the show--see them live, buy (don't just ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Ben Sidran, guitarist Margaret Slovak, Queen Kong, vocalists Cathy Segal-Garcia, Melody Gardot and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Clora Bryant, Adison Evans, Denise Donatelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mala Waldron, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing ...

News: Video / DVD

Videos: Peggy Lee in Action

Videos: Peggy Lee in Action

Yesterday I didn't get done nearly as much as I needed to and it's Peggy Lee's fault. I watched one of her YouTube videos, and then one thing led to the next and today I have to work twice as hard. The good news for you is that my distraction resulted in today's post. Enjoy these ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Emilio Palame

Read "Take Five with Emilio Palame" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Emilio Palame Emilio Palame is a seasoned jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer/director and actor residing in jny: Los Angeles. Instruments: Piano, composer/arranger Teachers and/or influences? Self taught at first then studied with jny: Buffalo, NY's premier jazz piano teacher Russ Messina—went on to SUNY Fredonia where I ran the Jazz Ensemble program ...


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