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  • Libby York (2004)

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    York was born and raised in Chicago. She went east to college at American University in Washington, DC, and graduated with a degree in Political Science.
    The 1980's found York dividing her time between New York City and Key West Florida, where she bought a house. She began studying piano with Yehuda Guttman, a superb pianist who had taught at Julliard. She joined a reggae band called The Survivors, doing three-part harmony with two other girl singers behind the lead singer.
    During her dozen years in New York City, York studied with the renowned jazz singer Abby Lincoln, who she says, "taught me about the truth and soul of a song." She was also the featured vocalist with Swing Street, an eight-piece band that performed in concerts all over New York. While there she had a brief stint as a production assistant at "Saturday Night Live." In 1994 she moved back to Chicago and began singing in clubs there.
    What Libby most offers is a combination of intelligence and know-how with lyrics, and the overriding influence of jazz in her singing.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Rosemary Clooney Still on the Road Road to Morocco (Concord)
    # 2 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers We'll Be Together Again (Capitol)
    # 3 Antonio Carlos Jobim The Composer Agua de Biber (Warner Bros)
    # 4 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross Everybody's Boppin' Home Cookin' (Columbia)
    # 5 Bill Evans Jazzhouse California, Here I Come (Milestone)
    # 6 Peggy Lee Mink Jazz Cloudy Morning (Capitol)
    # 7 Donald Fagen Nightfly Goodbye Look (Warner Bros)
    # 8 June Christy Something Cool It Could Happen to You (Capitol)
    # 9 Johnny Hartman I Just Stopped by to Say Hello In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Impulse)
    # 10 Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson, Vol. 2 Walk in Jerusalem (Columbia)
    # 11 Abbey Lincoln Turtle's Dream Throw It Away (Polygram)
             
    Book Something by Thich Nhat Han ... or a cookbook
             
    Luxury Item Fins and a snorkel, a hat, cold beer, and wine
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