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Sunday Jazz Corner With Rachelle Ferrell

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For those who don’t know, you need to know.  For those who do know, you don’t need me telling you why Rachelle Ferrell is so respected and admired by all of our musical greats and in the jazz community.  There is a reason Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Night, Stevie Wonder and the list goes on and on, can be found at one her live performances.  With a little bit of Sarah Vaughan to a little bit of just about everything but the kitchen sink, this contemporary jazz artist creates, channels and delivers styles that nobody has even heard of yet.  This is someone that was born to sing and perform music.  We hear over and over about certain singers and hopeful talent rising up in the business who are tagged with the word unique.  I’m encouraged to watch these new singers to develop and grow.  Rachelle Ferrell on the other hand is the definition of the word “unique.”
But don’t take my word for it just listen to what “the voice” can do.

Here are two videos  (live) below showing off her jaw dropping vocal abilities and her passionate commitment in how it is delivered.

Rachelle Ferrell – I Can Explain (live)

Rachelle Ferrell & Jennifer Hudson, Improvisational (live) moment on stage

Visit her great collection of music on iTunes.

Sunday Jazz Corner With Sarah Vaughan

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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.

Summer Jazz Mix Vol. 2 mixed for HCL (HarlemCondoLife)

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Vol. 2) RHYTHMDB

Stream via podbean or Download via Itunes.

By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                   Summer Jazz Vol. 2 is a follow up to Summer Jazz Vol. 1 with a mixture of classic jazz standards along with cool remixes adding a contemporary edge. The first Summer Jazz mix was one of HarlemCondoLife’s favorites.  Vol. 2 moves smoothly from Gegory Porter to Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Ella, Chet, Sarah Vaughn, DJ Cam, the Gotan Project  and a whole lot more…  (See playlist below)

As always we aim to bring you a variety of different music mixes on various collections to enjoy at your leisure, whether at home, work or just while browsing through our posts on HarlemCondoLife.

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Jazz is Harlem… Happy listening and hope you enjoy the mix!  HH.

PLAYLIST —

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Volume 2) RHYTHMDB                                                       1)Feeling Good – Gregory Porter (intro Edit)// 2)Little Fly – Esperanza Spalding// 3)I’ll Remember April – Chet Baker// 4)Lover Man – Sarah Vaughan (Remix)// 5)When I Wake Up – Jill Scott// 6)Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday// 7)Un ete a Paris – DJ Cam// 8)Mi Confesion – Gotan Project// 9)Angel Eyes – Ella Fitzgerald// 10)I need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc//11)God Bless The Child – Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson// 12)Illusion – Gregory Porter// 13)My Funny Valentine (Live) – Chaka Khan//14)Ver de Cabo di Nhas Odjos – Cesaria Evora// 15)Stay Together – Ledisi & Jaheim// 16)Make My Day – Waldeck (Parov Stelar Mix)// 17)Lover Come Back – Swing Republic feat. Nat King Cole// 18)That’s How Life Goes – Janita// 19)Manana – Souleance// 20)That Old Devil Called Love – Chet Baker// 21)All of A Sudden My Heart Sings – Shirley Horn// 22)Yesterdays – Billie Holiday (Junior Boys Trippy Mix)

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Podcast) RhythmDB

By HarlemHouse

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (New Podcast) By RhythmDB

Celebrating the beginning of summer with some classic Jazz along with an eclectic selection of various R&B and Jazz remixes to keep your fingers snapping and your feet stomping.

Available for streaming via Podbean or downloading via iTunes.

See playlist below….

1) Tony Bennett – Shine On Your Shoes

2) 9 Lazy 9 – All Aboard

3) Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

4) Ella Fitzgerald – Wait Til’ You See Him (De-Phazz Remix)

5) Dave Brubeck – Take Five

6) Billie Holiday – All Of Me

7) Louis Armstrong – Just One Of Those Things

8 ) Sarah Vaughan with Ella & Louis – Summertime (RhythmDB Mix/Mash-up)

9) Dinah Washington – I Get A Kick Out Of You

10) Chet Baker mixed with Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain (RhythmDB Edit with Dzihan & Kamien Mix)

11) Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

12) Cookie Raver – Illumination

13) Waldeck ft. Chet Baker – This Isn’t Maybe (Lo Fly Mix)

14) Aretha franklin – Trouble In Mind

15) Miles Davis – Round Midnight

16) Rinocerose – Last Pictures

17) Washington/Harline – When You Wish Upon A Star

18) Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child

19) DJ Cam – Waiting For Franck Black

20) Shirley Horn/Miles Davis – You Won’t Forget Me

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