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Peggy Lee

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

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Marta Lotta Kukk At Parnu Jazz Klubi

Read "Marta Lotta Kukk At Parnu Jazz Klubi" reviewed by Martin McFie

Marta Lotta Kukk Endla Teater Jazziklubi Parnu, Estonia August 7, 2020 Estonia is bounded by sea on two sides, and by one of the largest lakes in Europe on a third side, separating it from Russia. On the fourth side, is the land border with Latvia, a fellow member ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Peggy Lee: A Century Of Song

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Peggy Lee: A Century Of Song Tish Oney 250 pages ISBN: 978-1-5381-2847-3 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2020 A Century of Song marks the centenary of Peggy Lee's birth, but coming eighteen years after her death, the title is a reminder of the enduring legacy of one of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist

Read "Resist" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It takes a leap of unconditional faith to enter wholly the resistance. A mindset steadied for the long haul, readied for the next. On his third, integral, must-listen-to release of 2020, Canadian oudist/guitarist/composer Gordon Grdina grandly, darkly, intently, espouses all that and more. Hellbent on creating art as a political act, the sprawling, at times majestic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cory Weeds Quartet: Day By Day

Read "Day By Day" reviewed by Jack Bowers

At a time when classic jazz seems fractured and flying off in a hundred or more separate directions, it is comforting to encounter sessions like this one, a superlative quartet date led by alto saxophonist and Renaissance man Cory Weeds, and featuring David Hazeltine, one of the more proficient and enterprising pianists on the scene. Day ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Cabaret singer? Jazz singer? Pop singer? The splendid debut from Israeli singer Naama Gheber recalls a time when such distinctions were utterly without meaning. “Dearly Beloved" finds her inhabiting the same territory as such classic crossover singers as June Christy, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. Of course, for that generation, jazz WAS ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Love Being Here With You - Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Peggy Lee

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The final broadcast of the month included new releases from Sherrie Maricle and the 3D Jazz Trio, Kari van der Kloot, Shelly Rudolph and Tania Grubbs, with birthday shout-outs to Peggy Lee (100 !), saxophonist Adison Evans, pianist Yoko Miwa, trumpeters Clora Bryant, Miles Davis and Samantha Boshnack. Thanks for listening and please continue supporting all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz: Cell Walk

Read "Cell Walk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The relationship between Sara Schoenbeck, one of the only bassoon practitioners to truly and successfully fold the instrument's sound into the realm of chamber jazz, and pianist Wayne Horvitz, a touchstone in creative music, has been documented in the past. The work of Horvitz's Gravitas Quartet, formed in 2004 and featuring Schoenbeck alongside trumpeter Ron Miles ...

"I Don't Know Enough About You" By Dave Barbour And Peggy Lee

Read ""I Don't Know Enough About You" By Dave Barbour And Peggy Lee" reviewed by Tish Oney

The centennial year of another music icon has arrived. In celebrating the one hundredth birthdays of our musical forbears (as has become quite vogue in recent years), we pay special tribute to the catalogs of recordings, original works, and rich performances each has left as a legacy. This past week we celebrated the centennial birthday of ...


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