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06 Mar
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13 Feb
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20 Feb
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17 Apr
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan


Most Recent Castaway - 17th April, 2015
Jennifer Lee (2015)

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Bay Area native Jennifer Lee is a quadruple threat: she sings with bebop precision and an impeccable feel; she plays both piano and guitar--she knows her jazz harmony; and has a wonderful memory for standards--and she's a writer of intriguing songs of which she herself jokes "everything I write is too hard for me to sing … [it's as if] my muse has an agenda to get me to expand as a vocalist".

Like Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan and Diana Krall, Jennifer came to singing only after she had become a trained instrumentalist. She received a degree in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, but returned to the Bay Area to care for her father, who died a year later at the age of 51. This experience led Jennifer to an epiphany: "Life is short, and may be even shorter than I'm anticipating. I'd better do what I really want to do, and do it now." And what she really wanted to do was to sing.

She eventually became the house singer at the Ritz-Carlton, and freelanced all around the Bay Area. She loves the bossa nova and the samba, and sings in Portuguese with a near-perfect Brazilian accent. To date she has two recordings with A-list musicians, "Jay-Walkin'" and "Quiet Joy".

It might sound like a cliché, but in Jennifer's case, it's true: her voice is like a sunny day. And in the unlikely event that she gets tired of the singing and the songwriting, she can always fall back on her visual arts: check her out her graphic side at www.buggzart.com.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Mark Murphy Kerouac, Then and Now Eddie Jefferson/Take the "A" Train Muse
# 2 Eliane Elias Dreamer Baubles, Bangles and Beads Bluebird
# 3 Rickie Lee Jones Pop Pop My One and Only Love Geffen
# 4 Paulo Bellinati and Mônica Salmaso Afro-Sambas Labareda GSP
# 5 Toninho Horta, Chiquito Braga and Juarez Moreira Quadro Modernos/Modern Portraits Quadro Modernos Telemar
# 6 Carmen McRae and Betty Carter Duets Sometimes I'm Happy Verve
# 7 Bill Henderson and the Oscar Peterson Trio Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio At Long Last Love Verve
# 8 Electrocutango Putamayo Presents: Tango Around the World Felino Putamayo
         
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