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  • Stephanie Nakasian (2013)

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    Born in Washington, DC, singer and teacher Stephanie Nakasian grew up in Bronxville, NY, where as a child she studied both classical piano and violin (even taking classes at Julliard), sang in choirs, and studied voice.

    She attended Northwestern University, majoring in economics and ending up with an MBA. Following graduation, work as a financial consultant with major banks in New York and Chicago was only natural, but in 1981 something else clicked from way back: that singing thing.

    She first came to international attention while touring with Jon Hendricks and company. You may recognize her voice from the Riverwalk radio shows, of which she has done several. She now has a dozen recordings under her own name: the "Billie Remembered" album was featured on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.

    She's an exceptional teacher, too, moving through the colleges in Virginia, where she lives, doing workshops and leading vocal ensembles.

    She married her accompanist, the great jazz pianist Hod O'Brien. They have a daughter, Veronica, who herself is a singer.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Hod O'Brien Ridin' High Portrait of Stephanie Reservoir
    # 2 João Gilberto Amoroso/Brasil Estaté Warner Bros
    # 3 Charlie Parker Ken Burns Jazz Now's the Time Verve
    # 4 Anita O'Day Young Anita Stop! The Red Light's On Proper
    # 5 Clifford Brown Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings Joy Spring Pacific Jazz
    # 6 June Christy Something Cool Midnight Sun Capitol
    # 7 Cannonball Adderley Them Dirty Blues Del Sasser Capitol
    # 8 Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery Bags Meets Wes S.K.J. Riverside
    # 9 Sarah Vaughan Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 All Too Soon Pablo
    # 10 Ella Fitzgerald Ken Burns Jazz How High the Moon Verve
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