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Nora by Tara O’Grady #MusicMonday

Jazz Inspired is a radio show that WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC broadcasts at 11 pm Saturdays.  It’s mostly chit-chat between host Judy Carmichael and her guest – so intimate, that it doesn’t draw listeners in.

I was listening to Jazz Inspired last Saturday, and Judy Carmichael’s guest was Irish-American singer-songwriter Tara O’Grady.  Wow!  You mean they still make distinctive voices like this??!!

Here is Tara O’Grady singing Nora, which was inspired by her grandmother:

Tara O’Grady’s web site quotes Author Will “the Thrill” Viharo:

Combining Billie Holiday’s gift for meticulous but effortlessly poetic phrasing with Anita O’Day’s swingin’ sassiness, June Christy’s cocktail coolness, Patsy Cline’s rural romanticism, and Sarah Vaughn’s sophisticated sultriness, she is indeed a musical force of nature to reckon with. Tara’s music is as eclectic, authentic, timeless and nostalgic as the American landscape itself.”

And that fits!  The instrumentation (sax, guitar) is jazzy, but her voice is more country than jazz.  She also has a penchant for vintage style, as you can see.

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#MusicMonday Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan commemorative stamp

Sarah Vaughan commemorative stamp

The US Postal Service issued the Sarah Vaughan Forever® Stamp on March 29, 2016:

The musically inclined Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) played piano, then organ, and finally realized her vocal talent singing in the church choir. Her voice ranged over three octaves, and she exercised control over it; swooping from high to low and back. Early in Vaughan’s career she toured with many of the great jazz musicians of the day, and incorporated some of their styles into her own. Later, she recorded both jazz and pop songs as a solo artist. Remarkably, her voice did not diminish with time; she sang with her signature interpretive power for the whole of her five-decade career.

Source: Sarah Vaughan Forever® Stamps | USPS