Monday, February 09, 2009

Blossom Dearie, 1926-2009















Goodbye.

I love the adorable novelty songs of Blossom Dearie. Her playful cooing on signature material such as "Blossom's Blues"- "Ray Brown told me I was built for speed!"- never fail to make me smile. Yet she was no one-trick-pony. Just listen the sensitive and artful "Dance Only With Me" for proof. It's available on this indispensable compilation. This live video is also charming. Although Dearie died February 7, she'll live on in her recordings and in artists like Kansas City's Megan Birdsall.

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I praise Ida McBeth today at my Kansas City jazz site.

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The most interesting moments for me during last night's Grammy Awards broadcast came during the performance of "Swagger Like Us." I received several texts during the collaboration of superstars. "Trainwreck!" declared one pal. "This is a mess," wrote another. "Brilliant!" suggested a third friend. I agree with the last sentiment- I laughed with delight throughout the performance. It's amazing to me that in 2009 hip hop remains so polarizing.

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"I'm On a Boat"!

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Kansas City Click: Jason Goudeau exists; I've seen him. The trombonist may not have any internet presence, but he purportedly performs tonight at the Blue Room.