Archive | July, 2012


15 Jul

Turntable For One is on its Summer hiatus until September 1st, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not busy in my secret and undisclosed location, plotting how to make the new season the best one ever – no matter who gets hurt in the process.

I’ve been listening to three jazz vocalists who are also terrific pianists. You might want to check them out.

Daniela Schachter — From her name and slight European accent, you probably can guess that Daniela currently lives in New Jersey. Purple Butterfly is the CD I’ve been listening to most. She leads a a strong quintet from her piano, though her sweet clear voice is the shining star here.

Diane Marino — There is more grit to Diane’s voice and to her powerful piano playing, perhaps the result of years of playing in NYC clubs and now Nashville. Her lastest CD, From The Heart, is a good place to start. It’s a “best of” compilation of her recordings so far. With her husband, Frank Marino, setting down a solid line on bass, Diane rocks and croons standards plus more than a few surprising selections.

Dena DeRose — Probably the most nuanced of these three singer-pianists. She has a number of CDs including two recent live recordings at The Jazz Standard. Instrumentally, she and her trio play as one thoughtful unit and Dena can swing on piano; vocally she takes interesting chances with phrasing and melodies, yet never sacrifices the heart of singing: storytelling.

I’ll have a few more listening suggestions in the weeks to come, and let me know if you also want my fool-proof recipes for summer barbecues.


1 Jul

 Vacation time!  Turntable For One is taking a two-month hiatus until September. Don’t let that stop you from dropping  back here now and then because I’ll have news about next season’s shows, and I’ll be posting thoughts about some of the new music I’m listening to this summer.

I see that the blog has visitors from all over the world. I’d love to hear what music you’re listening to these days. Leave me a comment and let’s start a conversation.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “After Hours”
  • WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN  /   Frank Sinatra  /  “Songs For Swinging Lovers”
  • THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE  /  Diane Marino  /  “Just Groovin”
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO MISS YOU  /  Jack Jones  /  “Love Ballad”
  • MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE  /  Maud Hixson  /  “Love’s Refrain”
  • DON’T LIKE GOODBYES  /  Bill Henderson  /  “The Complete VeeJay Recordings”
  • HEY THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE  /  (mystery vocalist)  Claudine Longet  /  “Let’s Spend The Night Together”
  • WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE  /  Diahann Carroll  /  Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen”
  • I WILL WAIT FOR YOU  /  Daniella Schachter  /  “Purple Butterfly”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustaffson  /  “Calling You”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Donny Hathaway  /  “A Donny Hathaway Collection”
  • IT’S A PITY TO SAY GOODNIGHT  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings Comden & Green”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (theme music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)