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Take Five with Naama Gheber

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The person who introduced me to jazz gave me a CD he made himself (remember, we used to do that!) . "There are 4 gigabytes of vocal jazz on this" he said. "Listen to it, this is what you should be singing." There were endless Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald tunes on that burnt CD and to some extent, I owe my musical career to it.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

People have to come to shows! Venues are struggling to keep audiences and some of them do an awful lot to try to treat musicians with the respect we deserve. Please support them by going out, getting a drink or two and telling your friends.

What is your greatest fear when you perform?

Oh I have so many nightmares that have to do with this. Just last night I dreamt I was singing at a new place and the owner said I was too loud and that he'd never book me again.

I guess today the scariest thing for me would be the patter in between songs. I think at this point in my career I've got the singing part down, talking is a different story though. I try to plan what I say in between and think of funny stories to tell, my fear is that they won't make people laugh and I'll make a fool out of myself. I don't know how comedians do it!

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