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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


Article: Album Review

Shear Brass: Celebrating Sir George Shearing

Read "Celebrating Sir George Shearing" reviewed by Neil Duggan

The work of the late George Shearing, or Sir George Shearing OBE to give him his full title, is the subject of the debut album from Shear Brass, a band dedicated to playing new arrangements of his music. They are led by Shearing's great nephew, drummer Carl Gorham. The album, Celebrating Sir George Shearing, features eleven ...


Article: Profile

Paula West and the Art of Making Art

Read "Paula West and the Art of Making Art" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Jazz singing is like a horse race. To the casual eye, all the horses in the stall look the same. But they aren't. Some have more talent. Some are better trained. Some have better jockeys. Some are more exciting to watch. But no matter what we see or don't see, what the odds might be, or ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A retrospective of some of the most compelling tunes we heard in the first half of 2023, distilled for your enjoyment.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Michael Blake's Chroma Nova “Little Demons" Dance of the Mystic Bliss (P&M) 0:16 Host talks 6:50 Thomas Naïm ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wynton Marsalis, Yilian Cañizares, Peggy Lee, Darren Johnston & More

Read "Wynton Marsalis, Yilian Cañizares, Peggy Lee, Darren Johnston & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Ambition does not have to be an expression of self-centeredness. It may be, and should be, the pursuit of high achievements, and the realization of broad and innovative visions. This playlist is bursting at the seams with music driven by the good kind of ambition... Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ravita Jazz: Oriana

Read "Ravita Jazz: Oriana" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

On his second outing as a leader, bassist-composer Phil Ravita recruited a close-knit crew of musicians that he's worked with in the Mid-Atlantic region since their time together in grad school at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We've known each other since 2007," he said of bandmates Greg Small on piano and Nucleo Vega on ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Miles Davis & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Miles Davis & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, Walter Bishop Jr., Ellie Martin, Edward Simon, The JM Jazz World Orchestra, plus birthday shoutouts to Peggy Lee, Yoko Miwa, Caity Gyorgy, Rosemary Clooney, Nadje Noordhuis and Miles Davis among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live ...


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)


Article: Album Review

Christy Bennett's Fumee: Good Morning Heartache: The Music of Irene Higginbotham

Read "Good Morning Heartache: The Music of Irene Higginbotham" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Vocalist Christy Bennett has made a specialty of unearthing the work of forgotten songwriters from the past, particularly women. That has led to this album where she presents ten songs written by Irene Higginbotham, a jazz composer active in the '40s. Higginbotham's name is not well known today but a couple of her songs ...


Article: Album Review

Shiri Zorn: Into Another Land

Read "Into Another Land" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Into Another Land braids together the voices of percussionist Mauricio Zottarelli, guitarist George Muscatello and vocalist Shiri Zorn into music that has a much heavier impact than its light and bright, floating and breezy sound. Zorn studied music in her native Israel, steeping herself in the magic of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen ...


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