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  • Rana Farhan (2011)

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    "Unique" is an over-worked word, but Rana Farhan truly is unique. She's a singer who has managed to fuse a blend of Persian poetry with jazz and blues. She likes to think about what might have happened had Rumi hung out seven centuries later with Lester Young and Billie Holiday.

    Born in Iran, Rana grew up listening to whatever music she could bet her hands on--Odetta, Leadbelly, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin …

    After she'd graduated from Teheran University, New York City called more loudly to her to come than did post-1979-Revolutionary Iran call her to stay.

    Soon, New York audiences began to pack the clubs to hear Rana, and later there were sold-out shows on the West Coast, at locations such as the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco, and the Glow Bar in Los Angeles.

    Rana has been featured on BBC Persia TV, Radio France International, and on half a dozen programs here in the United States.

    Author and journalist Roxana Saberi has called Rana "the symbol of the first generation of underground music in Iran".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass Fitzgerald and Pass Again I Aint Got Nothin' but the Blues OJC
    # 2 John Coltrane Ballads You Don't Know What Love Is Impulse
    # 3 Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Swing de Paris Minor Swing Proper
    # 4 Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson Chattanooga Girl Backwater Blues Proper
    # 5 Bille Holiday The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9 God Bless the Child Columbia
    # 6 Wes Montgomery The Wes Montgomery Trio 'Round Midnight OJC
    # 7 Tuck and Patti Paradise Found Let's Stay Together Windham Hill
    # 8 Sam Cooke Live at Harlem Square Bring It on Home to Me RCA
    # 9 Al Green The Jazz Singers 1919-1994 Could I Be the One? Smithsonian Folkways
    # 10 Billie Holiday Lady's Decca Days, Vol. 1 Good Morning, Heartache MCA
             
    Book A book of Rumi poetry
             
    Luxury Item Stadium speakers
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun