I am a jazz vocalist in Kansas City. I also write poetry. I love jazz in every form. I really dig Count Basie. I love his swingin' style. Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Monk, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Mingus,... I love jazz more than life at times. Jazz speaks to me of love, laughter, life and sorrow. It has a soul about it that other genres do not.
I have played in some of the best clubs in Kansas City, jazz festivals and other outdoor events. I really love singing in front of a live audience and I released my new CD on Nov, 23rd, 2008 at Jardine's Jazz Club. I am very passionate about jazz and would love to talk to people about jazz in any form with anyone that wants to talk about music or give me suggestions for listening.
You can buy the CD at http://cdbaby.com/cd/djsweeney2
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.