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26 Feb
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15 Jan
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08 Jan




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

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(Photo by Billy Winters)

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 attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, leaving with a degree in Art. After caring for her terminally ill father back home in the Bay Area, Jennifer had an epiphany: realizing that you never really know how much time you have, she determined 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 Felino Putamayo Presents: Tango Around the World Electrocutango Putamayo
         
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