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Gillian Margot

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Following her acclaimed debut Black Butterfly, Toronto native Gillian Margot builds on her unique and emotive interpretations of American Standards with Power Flower, a deeply soothing homage to her influences in the Jazz, Pop, and Funk of the 70s and 80s. Margot spent two and a half years building the work; selecting seasoned titans Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Kilson, Seamus Blake, Ingrid Jensen, and Munyungo Jackson, and working the arrangements and recordings to her complete satisfaction. Included in the liner notes is the phrase ‘All vocals recorded without use of any pitch correction technology,’ which sums up the care and attention she has paid to Power Flower

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Lizzie Thomas

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Vocalist and musician Lizzie Thomas has made a name for herself in NYC as a swinging, sultry vocalist with a beautiful stage presence. She captivates her audience with the rare ability to sing with absolute precision on lightning speed tempos, with melodic freedom and control. Her phrasing is effortless and naturally swings. She has won high praise performing and/or recording with many, including Russell Malone, Jay Leonhart, Xavier Davis, Alvester Garnett, Michael Kanan, Ron Affif, Frank Lacy, Antoine Drye, Pasquale Grasso, and John Colianni. “I love that I can call a tune, for the rest of my life and I will never sing it the same way

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The Royal Bopsters

Fresh from their successful debut at the Newport Jazz Festival, The Royal Bopsters is a jazz vocal quartet made up of New York’s finest jazz singers/music educators that specializes in Bebop and Swing music. Their highly acclaimed break out release on Motema Records allowed them to sell out a week at NY’s Birdland Jazz Club and garnered them 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine as well as making many top picks for 2015. Their eagerly awaited second recording will be released this Spring and once again features the true jazz royalty of Sheila Jordan and the late Bob Dorough, each lending their iconic voices and stylings (not to mention their writing) that has garnered such praise as, “If this disc featured just the quartet, it would be sensational

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Vocalese

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Wonderyear; You Go To My Head; Ping Pong; Moody’s Mood for Love; Yes or No; Joy Spring; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Scrapple from the Apple.

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Angelica Matveeva: Vocalese

Read "Vocalese" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


"Vocalese" is defined as, “a style or musical genre of jazz singing wherein words are sung to melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or improvisation." The grand purveyors of this jazz vocals offshoot include King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and Bob Dorough. It is the most “jazzy" of jazz idioms. A grand ...

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Wonderyear

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Duration: 06:10


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