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  • Kimberly Gordon (2014)

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    Vocalist Kimberly Gordon is a native Chicagoan who becomes the house singer just about everywhere she sings. For example, during her five years in New York City, she was artist-in-residence at Small's and at Cleopatra's Needle, sometimes singing at other clubs such as Bradley,s Sweet Basil and The Village Vanguard. (She says that, between apartments, she literally lived at Small's, and, for once, "literally" should be taken literally.)

    She's shared the stage with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Von Freeman, Betty Carter, and many others.

    Back in Chicago, Kimberly found a particularly good musical companion in B-3 man Chris Foreman, so good in fact that—with different guitarists, most recently Andy Brown—they formed the Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio, which has just finished its decade-long residency at the Green Mill, where some call Kimberly "The Nightingale of the Green Mill".

    Chicago is a toddlin' town that, over the years, has produced great singers from Joe Williams and Nat Cole, through Bill Henderson and Irene Kral, to Patricia Barber and Kurt Elling. To that list, please add the name of Kimberly Gordon.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Tony Bennett The Essential Tony Bennett I Wanna Be Around Columbia Legacy
    # 2 Carmen McRae Alive! Woman Talk Mainstream
    # 3 Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note Mood Indigo Roulette
    # 4 Ella Fitzgerald The Duke Ellington Songbook Rockin' in Rhythm Verve
    # 5 Billie Holiday Ken Burns Jazz Lover Man Verve
    # 6 Ella Fitzgerald The Harold Arlen Songbook, Vol. 1 Blues in the Night Verve
    # 7 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia A Night in Tunisia Blue Note
    # 8 Joe Williams with Count Basie Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings Every Day Verve
    Book Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There"
    Luxury Item "A record player to play the records I brought"
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