Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
"The Night We Called it A Day" on Just In Time
. I love the title and Simon Colam's piano playing is sublime, a real dream for any singer. The first Jazz album I bought was:
I don't quite remember but I was obsessed by Oscar Peterson so it was probably one of his many recordings. I remember my father had a copy of The Magic Touch
(Riverside, 1962) in his collection and I that was the first proper jazz recording I heard. What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I'm not sure yet, but it will definitely be on the next album! Did you know...
I do impressions. CDs you are listening to now:
Foy Vance, The Joy Of Nothing
(Glassnote Entertainment, 2013); Gladys Knight
, Before Me
(Verve, 2006); Kurt Elling
(Blue Note, 2007); Shirley Horn
, I Love You, Paris
(Polygram, 1994). Desert Island picks: Kurt Elling
, Live In Chicago
(Blue Note, 2000);
Oscar Peterson, My Favorite Instrument
Chet Baker, It Could Happen To You
Foy Vance, Hope
Keith Jarrett, At The Blue Note
(ECM, 2000). How would you describe the state of jazz today?
With the popularity of singers like Jamie Cullum
and Michael Buble
, I think there is a small renaissance going on that is attracting a younger audience to the fold. Also the popularity of the Rat Pack era has spawned many a tribute acts and revived people's interest in this kind of music. Hopefully many more young people will discover this great music and have it be part of their life weather they choose to play an instrument or enjoy listening to it. What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
I fell in love with jazz because I was exposed to it and I had the opportunity to see it live. It's essential that schools and parents give kids the opportunity to hear the music. The rest, I believe, should take care of itself What is in the near future?
I have a new website and after having a break from making music I hope to make a new recording in 2014. What's your greatest fear when you perform?
Speaking to the audience in between songs. What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Let The Good Times Roll." What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?
"Somewhere." If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: