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December 2011

Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan is featured in the December 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine. This 64-page edition also features interviews with vocalists Anne Phillips, Judi Silvano, Holli Ross, Amy London, Rondi Charleston, Jeff Hedberg, Lauren Hooker, Shawn Aileen Clark and guitarist Okan Ersan. There are also CD reviews, articles to delight your jazz palette, and a comprehensive 16-page calendar of New York concert and event listings.

The December 2011 issue of Jazz Inside Magazine (64 pages), available free in print and as a down-loadable digital edition, and designed for jazz lovers worldwide - features jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan by Nora McCarthy. This issue also includes interviews vocalists Anne Phillips, Judi Silvano, Holli Ross, Amy London, Rondi Charleston, Jeff Hedberg, Lauren Hooker, Shawn Aileen Clark and guitarist Okan Ersan. There are also choice CD reviews, articles and ideas for jazz lovers and much more jazz to delight your jazz palette.

Sheila Jordan, jazz singer, improviser, lyricist, educator, creative pioneer and 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient, Sheila Jordan came up during a most significant time in both the history of jazz music and of this country—the Civil Rights Movement—which put her right in the center of the mix with the greatest jazz musicians of all time while fostering her rebellious spirit. Out of these two iconoclastic forces she developed as an artist. Born with a natural talent for singing and an angel on her shoulder, Sheila experienced many highs and lows in her personal life and over 60 year long career. However, driven by her unwavering love of the music, and strong belief in change, she persevered, and is an inspiration to many aspiring and accomplished jazz singers today.

In the interview by Nora McCarthy, Ms. Jordan comments on learning original melodies and scat singing.

"Learn the original melody. The original melodies are the stepping stones to improvisation. I learned phrasing by listening to Bird. I don’t recommend singers learn tunes from other singers because they are not going to learn the tune right. They’re going to learn it the way the jazz singer sings it and will never know what was originally there. That’s why you should always get the original music. Then I always talk about the scat virus. You don’t have to scat to be a jazz singer. For God’s sake Billie Holiday was a great example of that. And Abbey Lincoln, she didn’t scat sing. There’s a virus going around called scat singing. Everyone feels as if they have to scat sing but they don’t.”

In the interview with Anne Phillips, the singer and composer comments on the upcoming 26th Annual performance [at B.B. King’s in New York] of The Jazz Nativity that she created along with saxophonist Bob Kindred.

“The Jazz Nativity brings a whole new audience to jazz. I think that’s the reason it has become such a beloved part of Christmas in New York, and now in other cities. Because it is costumed, colorful, storied, a unique combination of theater and jazz, people who would never opt to go to a jazz concert come to the Jazz Nativity year after year.”

Trumpeter, vocalist Jeff Hedberg, whose new recording focuses on the music of Marty Paich, commented about Chet Baker. “What I most appreciated about Chet was what he could do with what some might call limited resources, he didn’t have a huge range, on trumpet or vocals, but he used all of what he had to make magic.”

Lauren Hooker, vocalist, pianist spoke about how the right attitudes contribute to superior performances. “...The really great and generous musicians know this - it is collaborative experience – that we are continuously learning from one another and if we can abandon our egos and just listen – we can learn.”

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The CD Reviews section includes coverage of recordings by John Alexander; Ron Carter Big Band; Duduka Da Fonseca; Eddie Daniels, Roger Kellaway; Curtis Fuller; Allan Harris; Dan Jacobs; Lalama Brothers; Elisabeth Lohninger; Bill Cunlifffe; George Brandon

Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages.

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