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…

A little favor…

This little blog, my social media nonsense and my occasional podcast run on elbow grease, midnight oil and the occasional bad idea. Access is totally free. Any help you can give so I can continue to produce content and keep the lights on would be immensely appreciated. There is a one-time support option or a recurring subscription through Patreon, which also features exclusive content like my mini podcast. Thank you so much!!!


  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

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

  3. Currently listing while WFH…. love the playlist and can’t wait to visit NYC again, hopefully soon. Thanks, George.

%d bloggers like this: