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recordings and live performances at my
Enjoy many great selections including
my first album "The Psychic Cabaret"
recorded with Johnny Frigo in 1995,
unreleased, recent studio tracks with
Neal Alger and Willie Pickens, and
great recordings of live performances
here in Chicago at the Jazz Showcase
I’m very pleased to present a brand new recording from the
late swing violinist Johnny Frigo and his accompanist and long
time friend Joe Vito. The song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over
You" was taken from a recording session from 1996, which was
never released because of technical problems. It was difficult to
edit tape in those days, but with modern digital processing,
engineer Scott Steinman was able to get the sound from the old
tape to match the clarity of my new digital recordings, allowing us
to present a new song from these late, beloved players.
What you are listening to on her latest CD represents
Solitaire’s unwavering commitment to the history and
tradition of jazz and the Great American Songbook and it’s a
commitment that did not spring up overnight. She didn’t
look at the musical landscape and decide to choose jazz
because it was popular or easy. In fact, she probably
created more problems for herself by being honest and true
to the music that wasn’t of her generation. I know that
because I have known Solitaire, (yes - that is her real
name), since we were in college during the 1980’s. Back
then she already preferred Billie Holiday to Joan Jett, and we
would trade homemade cassette mixes of classic jazz singers
like Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstein and Mel Torme’. In that
pre-Internet era, we had to haunt used record stores for
out-of-print jazz recordings. Solitaire always seemed at
home there, like a genuine “old soul” among those scratchy
331/3 LPs with their colorful covers from labels like
Mercury, Decca, Verve, and Capitol. As you can hear,
Solitaire not only listened to those records, she internalized
However, her newest CD isn’t a “nostalgia act.” The songs
she recorded here may be old, many obscure, but she
infuses them with a fresh energy. Her voice conveys a
lightness and lack of cynicism that makes it feel like these
songs are being sung for the first time, and she has also
chosen a highly talented group of sidemen that shine as
bright as her vocal artistry. It has been a pleasure to hear
how she has matured while never losing her swinging
connection to the past.
Brian R. Sheridan - WMCE Jazz Radio
Read my recent interview with the "All About Jazz" website.
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|We had a great night remembering friend and bandleader Von Freeman at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago.
We had a stellar band led by Willie Pickens and a great roster of vocalists paying tribute including Joanie
Pallatto, Charlotte Foster, Catherine Whitney, Margaret Murphy Webb and Jennifer Graham.