"Hey, Daddy!" (Julie Anne's Jazz, LLC)
One of the Baked Apple's newest songbirds releases her own self-produced first album, made with some of Tucson's finest musicians led by musical director, conductor and pianist Jeff Haskell. In the band are Ed Delucia, guitar; Scott Black, bass; Fred Hayes, drums; and a horn section of Greg Armstrong, reeds; Martin Patfield, trumpet/flugelhorn; and Rob Boone, trombone. There is a 13-piece string section, as well.
The song list is just as classy, including the titles "Bewitched," "Cry Me A River," "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and my favorite blues tune for gated communities, "Guess Who I Saw Today."
Julie Anne sings with an uncanny sense of that old school cool which made jazz the ultimate hipster language of Cold War survivors, back when both sides kept their nuclear weapons of mass destruction at the ready. These days, when the government thinks suspected terrorists are lurking around every airport security checkpoint, it's good to know singers like Julie Anne are ready to serve in the pop culture service of helping keep us alert under fire. Her phrasing and intonation are the equal of any martini.
Open to a new page of your bartender's guide and slip this CD into the mix. In no time at all, you'll be ready for anything.
style: CLASSIC JAZZ
Another CD Review:
Reviews: Julie Anne ~ Hey Daddy!
Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 @ 14:45:21 EDT
Artist: Julie Anne
CD: Hey Daddy!
Home: Tucson, Arizona
Quote: "As a fan of classic big band jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, I honestly must say that I don’t expect a lot from current artists who attempt to perform the classics. But Julie Anne is someone that is a wonderful surprise."
By Denise Squier firstname.lastname@example.org
As a fan of classic big band jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, I honestly must say that I don’t expect a lot from current artists who attempt to perform the classics. But Julie Anne is someone that is a wonderful surprise. This CD Hey, Daddy! is an excellent rendition of great classic jazz tunes -- great vocals, wonderful instrumentation, and strong band arrangements.
When “Daddy” (Track 1) began, true to the classic big band sound -- none of those synthesized orchestras with jazz wanabes -- I was hooked. Then Julie Anne began singing the Duke Ellington classic “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” (one of my favorites) and, she nailed it too. Then Track 3 began; this was her twist on the Ray Charles song “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”, which now became “Hallelujah, I Love Him So”. This track is my favorite on the CD -- nice tempo, nice feel, and nice change from the other more ‘ballad-like’ tunes on the project. Honestly, I couldn’t find anything critical to say about the vocals.
On another note: I must mention the instrumentation separate from the vocals. The vocals were awesome and the instrumentation was as good if not better than the vocals. Jeff Haskell on the piano was solid throughout the entire CD (since I play piano, I always seem to notice that instrument -- good or bad). But, one performance stood out during Track 7: the soulful trumpet. Martin Patfield, I take my hat off to you. Great use of your mute!
This project is reminiscent of the great days of big band jazz. And, if this is any sign about how good this CD is, I will definitely add this project to my iPod.
"Julie Anne has the natural instincts of a jazz singer. Her phrasing, tone control and intonation are straight from the heart of American music. The way she turns a phrase, bends the inflection of a word, pauses here, extends a note there gives every song an intimacy."
Chuck Graham, Tucson Citizen .........
Julie Anne is one of a kind. She has not tried to imitate any performer’s style, but she associates in her mind with several different singers that she has listened to over the years such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Julie London and Peggy Lee.
The classic numbers Julie Anne sings have been interpreted many times before. Performing these songs now is Julie Anne’s way of paying tribute to the most distinguished jazz and blues vocalists who have made such an impression on her. The quality of her voice, her unique phrasing and interpretations make Julie Anne one of the top jazz performers in town.
You may have seen Julie Anne at Tucson Jazz Society events such as the Diva’s of Jazz or Tribute to Women in Jazz concerts, “Tucson Swings!” dances, the piano bar at McMahon’s Steak House, Ventana Canyon, Westward Look, Kingfisher, Blue Point, Westward Look, The Gas Light Theatre or any number of other events, conventions or weddings. She sings with just a piano or guitar, a trio, quartet or a full Big Band.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Mr. Smith’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” became famous in covers by other bands, notably the Ventures. Mr. Smith, the writer of “Walk, Don’t Run,” gave up his career in 1958 to care for his daughter.