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Rosemary Clooney

The distinctively unpretentious, deep, rich, and smooth voice of Rosemary Clooney earned her recognition as one of America's premiere pop and jazz singers. According to Clooney's record company press biography, Life magazine, in a tribute to America's “girl singers” named her one of “six preeminent singers ... whose performances are living displays of a precious national treasure ... their recordings a preservation of jewels.” First-class crooner Frank Sinatra stated, as was also reprinted in Clooney's press biography, “Rosemary Clooney has that great talent which exudes warmth and feeling in every song she sings

Take Five with Monika Hoffman

Read "Take Five with Monika Hoffman" reviewed by Monika Hoffman

Meet Monika Hoffman A Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots, Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she performed with the likes of Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Back in Europe, her latin vocal jazz album Let's Run Away featured Cuban-American saxophone legend Paquito D'Rivera and she now presents its follow up--Ten Muses. ...

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Angela O'Neill

Angela O'Neill was born and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley...in Calistoga, California. With a high school graduating class of 30...she's not much of a big city girl, at heart. 'Our home was always filled with music...I fell in love with Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich and Nancy Wilson...at my Dad's knee while he corrected History papers for the kids at Santa Rosa High School. My sister and my Mom have beautiful voices...and we sang and had my parent's music on ...everyday...all the time! I started playing the oboe in 3rd grade and played all the way through college...my ardor for music has never cooled ..to this day

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Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

While he achieved fame and fortune as a pops crooner of the 1950s-60s, Nat “King" Cole firmly occupies a place in jazz history. Unlike Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and others who began their careers as singers, Cole started out as a pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader, working small clubs in Chicago, soon adding vocals ...

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Erin McDougald: Outside the Soiree

Read "Outside the Soiree" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Grazie a una pubblica sovvenzione sul web, la cantante Erin McDougald è riuscita a pubblicare il quarto album, certamente il più brillante e rappresentativo della sua carriera. L'aveva inciso nel 2010 accompagnata da una formazione stellare comprendente Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman e Rodney Green. Ogni volta che era in grado di produrre il lavoro ...

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“Old” School

Read "“Old” School" reviewed by H William Stine

Old hat; same old same old; you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I don't get it why people are so negative about the word, old. Some of our greatest songwriters have used that word in some of their best songs. And some of our youngest singers are giving new voice to these old songs. ...

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Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

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Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an ...

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Jo and Rosey: Two New CDs

Jo and Rosey: Two New CDs

Back in the 1950s, pop singers played a vital role in the fabric of our society. Unlike today, where many pop stars leverage dark fantasies and disturbing psychological dramas in songs to connect with audiences, singers 60 years ago were songbirds of the American Dream. They were relentlessly cheery and upbeat, and in the process lifted ...

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The Mica Bethea Big Band: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A young composer from Jacksonville, Florida, Mica Bethea shows an impressive command of big band writing and arranging on this set. Traces of all the usual modern large ensemble influences can be heard in his work, but he also brings his own ideas to the table and creates something fresh and energetic. This is ...


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