Donna Kimura

Donna Kimura

29.01.2011

Kate Schutt

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Singer-songwriter Kate Schutt has invited outsiders into her secret world of songwriting.

Telephone Game, which gets its name from an age-old children’s game, is a unique project that began with Schutt inviting listeners to submit song ideas. She then took those ideas and made them her own, crafting and nurturing them into songs. Along the way, Schutt shared the creative process with fans.

"I think people find it quite mysterious," she said. "It is mysterious. I tried to …

29.01.2011

Robin McKelle

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Vocalist Robin McKelle, who made a splash with her debut CD, is poised to create even bigger waves this year with the release of her much-anticipated sophomore release, Modern Antique.

The CD, which comes out in the United States in August, had an early release in France, where it debuted at no less than No. 1 and continues to ride high on the jazz charts with a cool sound that offers a nod to the 1940s while avoiding being sentimental.

The singer recently spoke with JazzReview …

29.01.2011

Diane Schuur

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Jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur delivers one of her most personal albums to date with the release of Some Other Time.

The CD is a loving tribute to the music that filled her home when she was a young girl. Made to coincide with the 40th anniversary of her mother’s death, the album is a strong return to Schuur’s jazz roots.

The Grammy-award winning singer performs selections by Gershwin, Berlin, and Hammerstein, among others. With her strong, flexible voice, she makes the song …

Libby York was recently told that her voice is like a warm bath. That description suits her just fine.

"I love it when people tell me my music is relaxing," she said.

York offers a respite from a hectic world. Her latest CD, Here With You, is the vocalist’s third album and a heartfelt offering of 11 standards. Rather than the selection of songs, the album’s strength is the small group of musicians that came to York’s side.

"These are people I wanted to work with," she said. The g …

When Steve Allee was a young boy, his family would go visit an uncle with an extensive record collection. At some point during the gathering, his uncle would invariably start playing all kinds of music−classical, Dixieland, even Hawaiian.

One day, his uncle played "It Ain’t Necessarily So" performed by Miles Davis and arranged by Gil Evans. When it was over, Allee asked, "Would you play that song one more time?" After it was done playing a second time, he still asked, "Could we h …

Meet vocalist and composer Julia Dollison. She’s performed with Maria Schneider’s acclaimed orchestra, and her recent debut CD is creating its own buzz. On Observatory, she showcases original compositions, reinvents standards, and even covers Rufus Wainwright’s beautiful ballad "Poses."

The material is wide ranging, but not without a theme. "These are observations about an inner journey," Dollison explained. It’s a trip worth taking with the classically trained soprano, who won b …

29.01.2011

Nancy King

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The rest of the world is finally catching up to Nancy King.

The respected, yet underrated, jazz singer is on the charts with two CDs. She appears on Karrin Allyson’s No. 1 album, Footprints, and King’s own Live at Jazz Standard was recently No. 23 on the charts and climbing.

The success is an overdue nod to an artist who has been around for years, earning an underground reputation for her free-spirited improvisational skills, but never quite reaching the lofty peaks of so …

29.01.2011

Susan Werner

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At a time when so many singers are mining the archives in search of standards to sing, Susan Werner has written her own songbook.

Her latest CD, "I Can’t Be New," recalls the classic tunes of Porter, Gershwin and Mercer. Werner’s songs are new, but they carry an old vibe, with their sharp lyrics and sophisticated melodies.

Werner describes the songs as "one acts." These vignettes are an insightful, entertaining look at modern-day life and relationships told by a woman who w …

29.01.2011

Jacqui Naylor

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Singer, songwriter and arranger Jacqui Naylor has accomplished what few artists are able to do successfully, she has been critically acclaimed, as a vocalist who can comfortably perform jazz standards such as "Blue Moon," can sassily sing Rod Stewart’s "Hot Legs," albeit with a twist, and creates quality original compositions such as the beautiful, "Easy Ride From Here." The San Francisco based artist talks quickly; her conversation changes directions often, and then she will suddenly stop to …

29.01.2011

Rita Coolidge

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Rita Coolidge has finally made the album that she has wanted to for so many years.

The Grammy-award winning singer who had a string of pop hits in the 1970s, including "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher," has released a sophisticated jazz record, "And So Is Love," on Concord Records.

Coolidge, however, isn’t jumping on the jazz bandwagon like other rock stars. Long before Rod Stewart was recording standards, Coolidge released "Out Of Th …