What do you get when you mix Jill Scott, Al Jarreau and George Benson together? One of the best versions of the jazz classic “God Bless The Child” in the last decade. How can you go wrong with these music greats. Seven-time Grammy Award winning Al Jarreau has an endless list of albums and hit songs and collaborations throughout his long and successful career. Grammy-winning Jill Scott glides beautifully from R&B, Neo Soul to Jazz standards with such ease in her unique style and thunderous talent. George Benson is known for his famous guitar-vocal style which has made him a ten-time Grammy Award winning artist with one of the best songs in my opinion of all time “This Masquerade.”
Below is a video version of their recording of God Bless The Child which is available on iTunes on 2 different albums Jill Scott Collaborations and George Benson & Al Jarreau ”Givin It Up”. Both albums are great! Preview them for yourself after listening to God Bless The Child, and download a copy. Hope that you enjoyed Sunday Jazz Corner this week.
Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having ”one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”
Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In fact, Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, on her trips into New York City. Sometime in the fall of 1942 (when Sarah was 18 years old), Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest. Vaughan played piano accompaniment for Robinson, who won second prize. Vaughan later decided to go back and compete herself as a singer. Vaughan sang “Body and Soul” and won. The prize, as Vaughan recalled later to Marian McPartland, was $10 and the promise of a week’s engagement at the Apollo. After a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald. Of course the rest is history.
Here is Sarah Vaughan singing “Shadow Of Your Smile” in 1964.
The best of the best in the business will solute to the legendary Shirley Horn and her true talent. “Here’s To Life” with it’s sparse production and Shirley’s flawless vocals is a great way to start your Sunday. Here’s to you Shirley Horn.
The Real Deal reports that a team involved with the 68-unit Mirada condominiums in Harlem have been temporarily banned from developing apartments in the state and ordered to set aside $3.2 million, pending a court case over alleged defects at the project. The AG filed suit against the developers in New York State Supreme Court, alleging a range of fraud and concealment at the eight-story development at 161 East 110th Street.
Ella Fitzgerald was known as the “Queen of Jazz”. An American jazz vocalist with impeccable diction, phrasing and a vocal range spanning three octaves. She would create and change the notes spontaneously with an effortless improvisational style in perfect pitch while we all watch and listen in awe.
By Icare4Harlem Some folks might wonder what’s a Hawaiian/Japanese restaurant doing in East Harlem? As Harlem becomes more diversified, why not? I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners of Makana Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ, Dave Chan.