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Claudia Acuña
08 Jul
Bruce Barth
12 Aug
Dave Bass
06 May
Ray Brown
25 Feb
John Calloway
28 Oct
Ndugu Chancler
29 Jul
Rana Farhan
30 Sep
Marque Gilmore
04 Nov
Scott Hamilton
18 Feb
Charles Hamilton
24 Jun
Jimmy Heath
22 Jul
Dave LeFebvre
08 Apr
Ivan Lins
02 Sep
Bruno Louchouarn
21 Oct
Joe Lovano
05 Aug
George Mesterhazy
11 Mar
Jason Moran
04 Mar
Bodil Niska
01 Apr
Jeff Oster
21 Jan
Eddie Palmieri
02 Dec
Kat Parra
26 Aug
Gene Perla
03 Jun
Rudy Ramirez
29 Apr
Putter Smith
10 Jun
Rory Snyder
25 Mar
Zan Stewart
19 Aug
Keith Terry
18 Nov
Kenny Washington
09 Dec
Bruce Williamson
18 Mar
Deanna Witkowski
01 Jul
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 received a degree in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, but returned to the Bay Area to care for her father, who died a year later at the age of 51. This experience led Jennifer to an epiphany: "Life is short, and may be even shorter than I'm anticipating. I'd better do what I really want to do, and do it now." And what she really wanted to do was 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 Electrocutango Putamayo Presents: Tango Around the World Felino Putamayo
         
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