Monday, February 09, 2009

Blossom Dearie 1926-2009

Blossom Dearie died at 82 on Saturday. I'm partial to her rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" sung with Bob Dorough. I saw Blossom Dearie and Bob Dorough, (or maybe it was Bob Frischberg?)in the late 1980s, at Jazz Alley. Ah, she was fine. That amazing voice, and perfect intonation, and her wicked wit, and her verve. Ms. Dearie performed until 2006.

from the NY Times obit:
"A singer, pianist and songwriter with an independent spirit who zealously guarded her privacy, Ms. Dearie pursued a singular career that blurred the line between jazz and cabaret. An interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself. Rarely raising her sly, kittenish voice, Ms. Dearie confided song lyrics in a playful style below whose surface layers of insinuation lurked."

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