I love jazz. Jazz is something I’ve always listened to, not just what I put on when people are coming over to appear chic… And I really enjoy singers. Good singers, singers that take a song and twist it to their soul. Singers that use their voice as a part of the band, rather than sing with a band supporting them. Here are a few that move me:
Kurt Elling. Such an amazing vocalist, one of the first singers I listened to that did vocalese in a way I enjoyed. He came to Spoleto a few years ago, did I get to see him? No I was working on a project for a class I had put off (last time I procrastinated like that), but Jermaine, a friend went and was so kind to let me hear a bit. Here he is :
Nina Simone. I have always felt her voice is so tender, the fear that is will be broken is always there when I listen to her.
Kevin Mahogany! He has a sweet baritone, and I saw him at the Savannah Jazz Festival a few years ago. It was an amazing set.
Dee Dee Bridgewater. A great vocalist, and I especially love her album, Dear Ella, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
I hope you have enjoyed. I did.