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EmilySachs
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posted June 01, 2000 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
I know this is going be a very unpopular category. But I thought since the Shostakovich board surprising took off, maybe a little discussion on jazz vocalists would work. My favorite, bar none - Mr. Johnny Hartman. Go to Amazon.com (God, I wish he were a Manka artist back then) and buy anything you can by him - you will not be disappointed.

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McMurphy
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posted June 01, 2000 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for McMurphy   Click Here to Email McMurphy     Edit/Delete Message
Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams.

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AntonioC
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posted June 01, 2000 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AntonioC   Click Here to Email AntonioC     Edit/Delete Message
In Europe we are absolutely crazy about American jazz. Only connisseurs in America could compete with our knowledge. It is a everyday thing to hear jazz here.My favorites are Arthur Prysock one of the great bass voices ever. Also, Betty Carter is big and Johnny Hartman is just start to be revived. One of the great voices ever.

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hocus_pocus
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posted June 02, 2000 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hocus_pocus   Click Here to Email hocus_pocus     Edit/Delete Message
Sarah Vaughn.

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StuffedMonkey
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posted June 03, 2000 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StuffedMonkey   Click Here to Email StuffedMonkey     Edit/Delete Message
The Velvet Fog... Mr.Mel Torme. He's just as musical as they come. This guy overcame being a total whitebread geek and earned respect as a fabulous jazz singer...

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posted June 04, 2000 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ambiguous   Click Here to Email ambiguous     Edit/Delete Message
Billie Holliday - even though I hate goddamned mono recordings - just imagine what she would have been like with modern recording equipment. It's like trying to capture Caruso on wax rollers - You wonder what it would have been like with a true to sound recording available.

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posted June 06, 2000 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for European   Click Here to Email European     Edit/Delete Message
Ella Fitzgerald is probably one of the greatest vocalists of all times. She is a perfect technician and an amazing musician, with such an amazing ability to improvise - put that all together with an amazing stage presence and you've got perfection. Her recordings will never go out of date.

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jugglerbob
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posted June 09, 2000 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jugglerbob   Click Here to Email jugglerbob     Edit/Delete Message
Ella Ella Ella.

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LesterAldrich
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posted June 10, 2000 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LesterAldrich   Click Here to Email LesterAldrich     Edit/Delete Message
Al Jolson is the greatest singer of all time. Nobody was a bigger star in the 20s and nobody has ever been as big a star since!

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indiedan
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posted June 14, 2000 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
What? No, Louis Armstrong? What's the matter with you people? Sure, there's a lot of great singers through the years, but no one made the impression that Louis did. He's one of a kind.

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bigcheese
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posted June 16, 2000 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigcheese   Click Here to Email bigcheese     Edit/Delete Message
I'll second Louis - although he's a bit mainstream. I loved the Arthur Prysock reference up top. Also Johnny Hartman. Obscure but great.

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posted June 17, 2000 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message
Nat King Cole (although I know I'm going to get arguments about that)

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Aragorn278
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posted June 18, 2000 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aragorn278     Edit/Delete Message
Phil Harris

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jugglerbob
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posted June 18, 2000 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jugglerbob   Click Here to Email jugglerbob     Edit/Delete Message
I have no problem with Nat King Cole. He is considered one of the great jazz pianists of all time. Some say he was better than Oscar Peterson but then he started doing television and popular songs and Perry Como specials and the like and that sort of tainted his legacy as a great musician. But he still did the classic version of Christmas Song.

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posted June 18, 2000 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message
I actually was worried about arguments concerning his place in history as a jazz VOCALIST. Most people only know the "Mona Lisa", etc. period of his life (which I'm not knocking at all) and I wasn't sure that people would consider most of it jazz in the sense we're discussing here. Most would probably classify it as something like swing or easy listening by today's standards.

I don't think many people realize he was such an accomplished jazz musician (pianist) and actually never even intended to sing. Was challenged one night by a drunken patron at the Swanee in Los Angeles to sing the patron's favorite song, "Sweet Loraine". Nat tried to refuse, the manager forced Nat to sing as the patron was a big customer, and the rest is history. (Always feel odd now that one of MY favorite songs, even prior to having heard that story, is "Sweet Loraine".) Always found it incredible that someone who was so fantastic and well respected in one ability managed to top it (arguably) by doing something that he had never intended.

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