And if you can’t get enough, check her on a longer Youtube clip of Eagles hit: Desperado.
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And if you can’t get enough, check her on a longer Youtube clip of Eagles hit: Desperado.
Related Post: Diana Krall – Case of You
Herb Albert Readies New Album by Marc Myers
Herb Albert, 79, is still at it today. At the end of 1965, he went head to head with Bob Dylan and the Beatles. His album climbed to No. 1 in 1965 and his albums in each of the next three years topped the charts. More than 40 years later (January, 2014), he won his ninth Grammy for “Steppin’ Out,” and on September 30 he will release “In the Mood.” (Excerpts from the interview below)
Q: A remake of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” might be stretching it, no?
A: The Glenn Miller song from 1941 just popped into my head and stayed there. A number of people, including my wife, Lani Hall, told me not to record it, that it was too square. But the song felt good and I’ve made a career out of doing what feels good to me. If a song works and it’s honest, people will get it.
Q: Does it bother you to be thought of as the “king of casual?”
There’s a word called “happy.” I’ve always wanted to be that, and my music and trumpet reflect this ambition. I listened to jazz when I was young, but I have a classical background and studied formally for eight years. I just react to what sounds good and try to stay as spontaneous as possible. I’ve never rehearsed most of the songs I’ve recorded. I have relative pitch, so if I hear a song once, I can play it back instantly. Mostly, I try to be honest and listen to my inner voice.
Q: Was “Rise’s” success in 1979 unexpected?
A: Everything in this business is unexpected. My nephew and producer-songwriter Randy Alpert initially wanted me to turn Tijuana Brass hits into dance records. It just didn’t feel right but I gave it a shot. I brought in musicians and we played down a disco version of a “Taste of Honey.” I couldn’t feel it. Randy had written “Rise” [with Andy Armer] and wanted us to do it at 120 beats per minute—the standard disco tempo back then. But I slowed it down to 100 beats, giving it more of a soulful feel, and it worked.
Q: How do you feel when someone calls your music cheesy?
A: [Laughs] They’re thinking too hard. Art is a mystery. There’s no way you can figure out what’s special if you analyze it. You either feel it or you don’t. The definition of art isn’t breaking your neck. Why would you do that? Honesty and passion are everything—at least they are for me.
Read Full Interview in wsj.com here: Herb Albert Readies New Album by Marc Myers
Find Herb Alpert’s New Album here: In the Mood.
You’ll say you don’t have time to watch this.
It’s 13 minutes.
You need to move on to the next post.
And I’m telling you that
this woman is something special.
Don’t quit on this one.
Take it to the finish.
Good Sunday Morning.
Megan Alexandra Washington, 28, was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She is an Australian musician and songwriter also known mononymously as Washington. Originally performing jazz music her style evolved to indie pop and alternative rock where she sings and plays piano and guitar. She developed a stutter early in her life and continues to struggle with her speech. Find her website here: washingtonmusic.com.au. Find her album on iTunes here: I Believe You Liar
José James, 36, is a singer songwriter from Minneapolis, and is best known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop. James joined the Blue Note roster in 2013 when he released his breakout album No Beginning No End to wide acclaim. With its irrepressible lead single “Trouble,” the album release found José making national TV appearances on Conan, Late Show With David Letterman, andTonight Show With Jay Leno.
The New York Times praised his “cool and confident” album, adding that it “sounds like the result of the black-pop continuum, jazz and soul and hip-hop and R&B, slow-cooked for more than 50 years.” NPR Music raved that “James makes utterly contemporary music,” noting that he “skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel, yet maintaining a strong awareness of a lineage that stretches from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye to Lou Rawls to Maxwell.”
Find this tune on his 2013 Album titled: No Beginning No End
José James official site and his full bio can be found at: josejamesmusic.com
Jarle Bernhoft, 38, also known as Bern/hoft, is a Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist. Bernhoft is from Nittedal in Norway, but currently lives in New York.
what he [Bernhoft] did with those few tools was quite extraordinary. Using them, and via a process of instant recording, looping and layering, he was able to create the sound of a full band – including all the instrumental parts plus backing singers on rich harmonies – and it was all just him.” - The Guardian
Find his website here: Bernhoft.org
Find his new album released last month here: Islander / Bernhoft
Gregory Porter, 42, is a Grammy Award winning American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actor. Gregory Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit.
Find his album on iTunes here.
Mindi Abair, 44, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an smooth jazz saxophonist. Mindi started playing the piano at age five, and started playing alto saxophone at the age of eight, when her elementary school band instructor laid out instruments on the first day of band class and instructed each student to pick the instrument they most wanted to play. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun. She toured with Aerosmith in 2012. In 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. (Source: Wiki)
Rhye is an R&B musical duo based in Los Angeles, California. Its members are Canadian singer Milosh and Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal. Milosh’s voice and the band’s instrumentation are likened to those of British-Nigerian singer Sade and to those of Michael Franks. Mike Milosh was born in Toronto, Canada and is an electronic musician and vocalist. He was a classically-trained cellist from age 3 and had become a jazz aficionado. He later moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue music as a vocalist and a producer. Robin Hannibal was a member of the Danish duo Quadron an indie pop, electronica, soul, jazz and rap formation.
Rhye’s debut album titled “Woman” was released in 2013 and can be found on iTunes here.
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Laura Mvula (née Douglas), 27, is a British soul singer-songwriter from the U.K. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was released in March 2013. In 2005, Mvula sang with an a cappella group set up by her aunt. In 2008, she formed a jazz/neo-soul group called Judyshouse, singing lead vocals and wrote material for the band. She is also Director of a Community Gospel Choir, founded by Black Voices. While she was working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school, she started writing songs on her laptop. She was working as a receptionist when she sent out two demos to several people in the music industry. The Guardian described her music as “gospeldelia”, calling it a new musical genre. In December 2012, Mvula was shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice award at the 2013 BRIT Awards. In December 2012, she was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, and finished in fourth position. (Source: Wiki)
“Leron Zamir Forte is a rising cellist who hails from Dallas, TX. He was the recipient of the Holy Cross BachFest Scholarship, Nashville Symphony Orchestra League Thor Johnson Scholarship Finalist, and was invited to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has performed masterclasses with teachers such as Natalia Koma, YeonJin Kim, Julia Tanner, Eric Kutz, Peter Sheppard, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree under Gregory Sauer at the Florida State University.”
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Loved this! (Volume up!)
Lake Street Dive plays “I Want You Back” on a Boston sidewalk. The four-piece Boston band was formed seven years ago when they were students at The New England Conservatory where they eventually landed in jazz music, played in an edgy, loose fashion. Rachael Price, 28, is a jazz vocalist from Hendersonville, Tennessee. In 2003, Price received an honorable mention at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Jazz Vocal Competition. In 2004, Price was a semi-finalist and the youngest competitor in the history of the Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition. In August 2004 she made her U.S. jazz festival debut at Yale’s Jazz On The Green where she opened for Joshua Redman. She won the 2006 Independent Music Award for Best Gospel Song with her recording of My God, My Adored One with the Boston Praise Collective. She regularly appears in concert as a featured vocalist with the T. S. Monk Sextet, and is currently working with Grammy Award winning record producer K. C. Porter. (Source: Wiki)
Stefano Barone was born in Naples, Italy, in 1978, and started playing when he was very young, studying piano at first but choosing guitar at last. From blues to pop to rock, in Naples he cut through different musical experiences, until he moved to Rome in 2001 and decided to dedicate himself fully to solo acoustic guitar. (Source: Lastfm.com)
It’s hard to imagine how I could not have heard of Mario Biondi prior to tripping into this video on Nia‘s blog. BIG voice on his rendition of this classic tune (Close to Me) which was composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and originally recorded by The Carpenters in 1970.
Mario Biondi, 42, is a jazz-soul vocalist born in the Sicilian city of Catania in Italy. He was born of artistic stock. His great grandfather was a respected painter, his grandmother a singer, and his father a popular songwriter. Biondi sang throughout his childhood, first performing in public at age 12 in church, and soon singing in public squares before hundreds of people. From there he competed in the Festival della Canzone Siciliana, taking third place. Biondi’s musical pursuits earned him the opportunity to perform alongside such Italian vocal greats as Califano, Bongusto, and Fiorello, as well as American legend Ray Charles. As word of his talent and skill got out, Biondi found himself collaborating with groups like the Change, Mario Brothers, and Funky Company on recordings and tours. Given his powerful and unique voice, it was not long before Biondi was encouraged to pursue a solo career. Featuring material inspired by American R&B artists like Lou Rawls, Luther Vandross, and Donny Hathaway, Biondi’s debut record was released in 2006. (Link to album can be found here.)
You’re My Alter Ego / Nothing Else Matters
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Melissa Forbes is a Australian musician, performer, educator and researcher. She was originally trained in jazz and improvisation. She has also studied contemporary vocal pedagogy extensively, and hopes to complete a PhD in the area. She is Associate Lecturer in Voice at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, where she leads a merry band of young vocalists in their quest to reach their fullest potential through singing. Melissa also has her own private studio, The Contemporary Voice Studio. Melissa released her album No More Mondays to critical and popular acclaim. (Source: Melissa Forbes Website)
Adam Ben Ezra plays “Can’t Stop Running.”
And love his dog “Chief.”
Thank you Sandy for sharing.
We all know the legendary Herbie Hancock. Céu is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. “Céu reached unprecedented chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist—1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on Billboard’s World Music charts. In 2008, Céu received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary World Music Album” of 2007 for her debut album Céu.“
If you like this music, check out another one my Céu favorites: Sonhando (Portuguese for ” Dreaming”)
Here’s Kirk Whalum easing us out of a long day with one of my favorites: “All I Do…“
↓ click for audio (All I Do)
We were introduced to Andrea Bocelli at a concert in Miami. Now the American Airlines Arena isn’t a night with Andrea in Tuscany…but the evening was memorable nonetheless. There are those that perform – and then there is Andrea Bocelli. A man in a league of his own. Several weeks later, I recall driving over the Miami causeway out to Key Biscayne. It was a blistering summer, Sunday afternoon. The sun roof was open. There was acqua blue velvet water glistening all around me. Warm tropical winds rushing through the car. And Andrea belting out this song. Andrea and me on Key Biscayne…fantasy island.
Years ago, I’m walking back to my hotel on a sultry Friday night in Tokyo. Its been a grueling week. I’ve been away from home for several weeks. I’m dragging. Friendly, safe country – but never quite at ease among strangers, away from my own bed. I don’t recall the year. I don’t remember the hotel. But, I do remember this unforgettable Kem tune drifting out of the lounge. I slump into a soft, cushy chair along the window and order a drink. I ask the bartender if he wouldn’t mind playing the song again. He indulges. And I proceed to be immersed by “Love Calls” while I watch the Tokyo evening pass me by. It feels like yesterday…
Years ago, I attended a conference at Dana Point, CA and ran on a beach that looked strikingly similar to this photo. I was listening to “Chill” music provided by the hotel. I don’t remember much about the conference. But, this image of the ocean, the waves crashing on the shoreline, the overcast skies, and this song remain indelibly present with me.
Here’s Rachel Lloyd singing “Breather 2000” from the album called Chill – Dana Point.
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Katie Melua, 28, was born in Kutaisi, Georgia (in the old Soviet Union). She’s a singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. In 2006, she was the UK’s best-selling female artist and remains once of the most successful in Europe.
Michael Grimm, a Mississippi Southern Soul singer/songwriter, was the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2010. Grimm sings a blues and soul classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which was a song first recorded by Etta James in 1968. LOVE his rendition…
Till Brönner is a German Jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer. Smooth, peaceful and easy…
Here’s Jason Mraz’s rendition of the Seals & Crofts’ classic – - Summer Breeze. Song feels right this afternoon…Enjoy.