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Sheila Jordan

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Sheila Jeanette Dawson, 18 November 1928, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, Jordan began singing as a child and by the time she was in her early teens was working semi-professionally in Detroit clubs. Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers. Working chiefly with black musicians, she met with disapproval from the white community but persisted with her career. She was a member of a vocal trio, Skeeter, Mitch And Jean (she was Jean), who sang versions of Parker’s solos in a manner akin to that of the later Lambert, Hendricks And Ross

Album

Sing a Song of Bird

Label: Skyline Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. PEOPLE CHASE 4:55 2. THE SCATTER 5:15 3. BIRD'S SONG 3:21 4. PARKER'S MOOD 4:42 5. GRAPPLE WITH THE APPLE 5:22 6. AUDUBON'S NEW BLUEBIRD 4:49 7. SHEILA, JAZZ CHILD 4:44 8. QUASIMODO 6:43 9. NOW'S THE TIME 4:31 10. YARDBIRD SUITE 6:17 11. KOKO/CHEROKEE 4:27 12. THESE FOOLISH THINGS 5:26

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Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I'm the Girl; It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing; Ballad of the Sad Young Men; Comes Love; Don't Explain; Sleeping Bee; When the World Was Young; I'll Take Romance; These Foolish Things; Glad to Be Unhappy; They Can't Take That Away from Me.

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News: Recording

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Famed Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Releases 'Sing A Song Of Bird Feat. Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Marion Cowings

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro is a favorite among jazz aficionados and musicians alike. That’s why Cedar Walton has said, “Roseanna Vitro, one of my favorite vocalists, sings with a great feeling for jazz. Her readings on major compositions are monumental.” Her outsized talents and passion for the music are matched only by the generosity of her spirit, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Music For The New Year

Read "New Releases and Music For The New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianists Champian Fulton, Helen Sung, Antonio Adolfo, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sheila Jordan, Sasha Dobson and the Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz Ensemble plus a new collaboration from John Finbury with Camille Bertault, with birthday shoutouts to Maria Muldaur, Lorraine Feather, Mel Torme, Ariel Pocock, Tom Wopat and more. Thanks for ...

Article: Album Review

Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Read "Comes Love: Lost Session 1960" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una registrazione inedita in studio di Sheila Jordan del 1960 (che anticipa di due anni Portrait of Sheila, il debutto ufficiale Blue Note) ci dà gioia. Per valutare appieno il valore della scoperta ricordiamo che le incisioni della Jordan prima del 1975 (quando era già prossima ai cinquanta) sono rare e dei primi ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Joanie Pallatto

Read "Take Five with Joanie Pallatto" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Joanie Pallatto In February 2021, the Chicago Music Awards bestowed Joanie Pallatto with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Music Industry. Described by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune as having “a stirring and special voice," Joanie Pallatto is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. ...

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Article: Album Review

Marty Elkins: 'Tis Autumn

Read "'Tis Autumn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


There exists a group of jazz musicians dedicated to pre-bebop jazz who have traditionally populated the catalogs of the Nagel-Heyer and Arbors record labels. These musicians include Herb Pomeroy, Max Kaminsky, Randy Sandke, Harry Allen, and Dave McKenna. Central to this group is vocalist Marty Elkins who, while in college, discovered the recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, ...

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Ode to the Road

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ode to the Road; Nothing Like You; Don’t Ask Why; All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm / Little Willie Leaps; That Second Look; Small Day Tomorrow; The Way We Were; Cross Me Off Your List; I Have the Feeling I’ve Been Here Before; A Tip of the Hat; The Days of Wine and Roses.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Leo Parker & Theo Bleckmann

Read "Leo Parker & Theo Bleckmann" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Episode 676 of Neon Jazz is full of modern musicians that continue to give the world quality jazz during a pandemic. It starts with Jacky Terrasson and moves on into the trio known as The Lost Melody. We also hear from singers Theo Bleckmann and the legendary Sheila Jordan. Enjoy the jazz.Playlist Jacky Terrasson ...


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