Jazz vocals always sound and feel like New York to me. It can be charming and romantic, exuberant and cheerful, dark or sad… the whole range. I started really getting into jazz vocal music when I was in college. I was, of course, familiar with the obvious greats like Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald. Over time, I was introduced to some of the lesser known, more esoteric stylings from the likes of Jimmy Scott or Mabel Mercer. 

So here’s a selection I hope you like. I love them all. Enjoy.

The playlist…

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  1. Do you have any recommendations, both fiction and nonfiction, about New York City? I was struck by the phrase “sound and feel like New York to me” in your post and wondered how that feeling my translate into books. I’ve always been curious to visit New York during autumn. Thanks!

  2. Meredith Rutledge Reply

    so good! our nancy wilson sounds like a clear silver bell on that album. just yummy. ❤️❤️❤️

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