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 City Records.
"Azalea" is a stunning mix of standards and songs off the beaten path that highlight Pagano’s tender vocals and storytelling abilities.
JazzReview.com recently caught up with the Los Angeles-based singer to learn more about the CD and what’s happening in her life. She discusses the recording sessions that produced "Azalea," growing up across the street from Ray Brown and what’s playing on her CD player.
JazzReview.com: How did you approach "Azalea?"