Donna Kimura

Donna Kimura

29.01.2011

LM Pagano

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There’s an intimacy about vocalist LM Pagano that makes people, whether they’re late-night radio listeners or big-time record producers, sit up and take notice.

Los Angeles disc jockey Bo Leibowitz can tell you. When he played a song from the singer’s CD on his show, he got four calls from listeners before the number ended. Soon, the recording made its way into the hands of jazz promoter Dick LaPalm and famed producer Al Schmitt, who remixed and released the album, "Azalea," on his label, Bop …

29.01.2011

Azure McCall

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After two locally distributed CDs, Hawaii-based vocalist Azure McCall has released her first national effort with "The Gift."

The CD serves as a strong introduction to McCall for the recording showcases her deep, honey voice and a wide-ranging repertoire. Whether the song is a jazz standard or a pop tune, the music has an air of earthy spirituality much like McCall herself.

"My voice is my gift," she said. "I want to reach out and touch people with my music."

McCall moved to Hawaii in 1 …

29.01.2011

Suzy Bogguss

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Suzy Bogguss is best known for a steady string of country hits, but she’s never been limited to a single style.

On "Swing" (Compadre), the singer demonstrates her flair for classic jazz and Western swing numbers. Here, Duke Ellington meets Bob Wills. The result is a CD that radiates with charm. One reviewer recently called it the "most elegant pop-jazz record of the year."

Bogguss, whose hits include "Aces," "Outbound Plane" and "Drive South," isn’t new to some of the jazz material found o …

29.01.2011

Jackie Ryan

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Jackie Ryan is an international jazz star. She frequently plays both coasts and overseas, where her gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London garnered the critical praise: "One of the finest singers to perform at Ronnie's since Shirley Horn." --The London Evening Standard.

Ryan has shared the stage and recording studio with many greats including Clark Terry, Red Holloway and Buddy DeFranco. Her recordings and performances generate a genuine heat, which rises above the "flavor of the month" excit …

With his new album On The Moon (Concord), rising star Peter Cincotti manages to avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump", place his unique personal stamp on a label already filthy rich with great jazz artists, and sets the stage for making him a household name in the upcoming months. The way the 21-year-old New Yorker tells it, the main reason for this is his growing confidence as a songwriter.

"I’ve been writing more of my own lyrics this year," Cincotti explained in a recent …

Michael Feinstein is a critical link in America’s musical chain. On one side, he’s helping push it forward with his own new recordings. His most recent Concord Records release teams him with the renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they offer lush new treatments of a dozen standards by Gershwin, Hammerstein, Loesser and others. It’s a rare occasion of the orchestra performing popular America music, and Feinstein’s first time recording with a symphony orchestra.

On the other side …

Telarc Jazz recording artist, Tierney Sutton, is a jazz vocalist quite unlike any performing today; she has a genuine and unique approach to jazz resulting in a sound that is hers and hers alone. Tierney would say that the sound is not hers alone, she is a member of the band, and the sound is theirs alone. I believe both she and I would be right.

The Tierney Sutton Band is a philosophical anomaly in the music world. The band has no diva, no boss, no black sheep. What they have is a team that …

Vocalist Patrice Williamson recently released her second CD, "Free to Dream," the follow-up to her acclaimed 1998 debut, "My Shining Hour." With the sophomore release, Williamson continues to build a solid body of work and expand her growing reputation. More confident than ever, she sings and scats with authority.

Williamson stretches herself with material ranging from Bud Powell’s "Celia" to Stevie Wonder’s "Another Star." She even sings a spirited, nine-minute medley of songs from "The Soun …

29.01.2011

Rene Marie

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Rene Marie is proving that she’s not just another girl singer. Unafraid to take risks, she created one of the most powerful recordings of 2001 with the unlikely pairing of "Dixie" and "Strange Fruit." In addition to being a bold new interpreter, she showed that she’s a gifted songwriter with three original compositions on the album.

"Vertigo," her second MAXJAZZ release, was named to numerous "best of 2001" lists last year, and Marie earned her second consecutive Association for Independent …

29.01.2011

Carla Cook

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Seeing Carla Cook perform is watching joy in motion. She sings with an ease that makes an audience instantly comfortable with her; yet she can turn on the intensity at a moment’s notice. She glides through a song, nodding to each of her instrumentalists as they take their turn at the spotlight. In acknowledging the applause, she generously includes her sidemen.

Carla’s musical background includes training as a choral singer in many different styles, as well as piano and string bass studies. Sh …