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The Standards: Singers, songs

Posted by on Aug, 2015 in Music | Comments Off on The Standards: Singers, songs

The Great American Songbook contains nearly all the songs that have become standards throughout the last century. What is a standard? It is song of such perfection and potential that other songs and singers might be measured against it in the same way we measure one vintage wine against another. Both are near perfect; both are different and each improves our appreciation of the other. So it is with Female Jazz Vocalists. Since the beginning of the 20th century, these women have done the songs of the American songbook and each of their jazz performances have given new meanings, new possibilities, new approaches to the song and to its presentation. These singers “inform” each other every time they sing and in doing so they create their own standards beyond the standards of the songbook. Their presentations, captured in recordings,...

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