Vocalists

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Daring but not self indulgent, this double album would be a risk in lesser hands.

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

She remains a wonder of range and sassy interpretation.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Playing regularly at Scarfe’s Bar in London, they take ownership of the music.

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

She will change your perceptions of what a “jazz vocalist” in this day and age means.

Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions (2014)

Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions (2014)

A long-time collaborator with Chicago pays tribute to her famous father, Buddy Ebsen.

Violette – Falling Strong (2014)

Violette – Falling Strong (2014)

Violette fits into no easy category, no pre-set box.

Pete McGuinness – Strength in Numbers (2014)

There is a serious big band push to Strength in Numbers, the new disc from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, trombonist, and vocalist fronts an impressive group of New York players and sinks every ounce of his creative impulse into the material

Something Else! Interview: Jazz singer Barb Jungr

Singer Barb Jungr is enjoying herself lately. With trips, tours and events, she is kept very busy. One important reason is she is in possession of something a lot of people want: her voice.

Barb Jungr – Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (2014)

Barb Jungr has a powerful tool in the box — and that is her voice. Combine this with the powerful songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and a group of good musicians, and you have something which has the potential to blow your mind

Jim Grant – You Go To My Head (2014)

If there’s a real-world sensibility to this record, a firm grasp on the passion it takes to withstand hard times, you can credit Jim Grant’s resume as a working man. If there’s a remarkable eloquence to his phrasing, look to this Chicago vocalist’s time at the Bloom School of Jazz.