Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jazz Takes On Irene

Jazz Storms
Clockwise: Ella Fitzgerald; Mandy Patinkin; The Association; and Phylis Hyman.

By the time this posts, we could very well be in the thick of things in the Mid-Atlantic area, being pummeled by Hurricane Irene. If so, I can think of no better post than to have some talented Jazz & Pop artists take on the atmosphere. First up is the incredible Ella Fitzgerald singing a song most associate with Lena Horne, Stormy Weather. I love Ella's version!

The Association are not Jazz, but are Pop, and do have a song that occurred to me while thinking of this post. They had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with Windy.

Well, it is hard to beat the smooth and strong voice of the amazing Phylis Hyman, and I was happy to include her in this mix. Here is Phylis singing Here's That Rainy Day.

Looking for the storm to end, I wanted to have a great 'rainbow' song. While I was looking, I came across this version of Mandy Patinkin singing I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, and knew it had to be included.

Hope everyone is staying safe!


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