Saturday, July 25, 2009

A cantora de jazz Annie Ross nasceu na Inglaterra no 25 de julho de 1930 e tem sido uma das mais importantes contribuidoras do genero jazz nos ultimos 50 anos. Mora nos Estados Unidos de onde se tornou cidadã em 2001.

Annie é pioneira do estilo vocalese e também compositora de "Twisted", um dos melhores exemplos desta arte, e "Farmer's Market", "Jackie" entre tantas outras. Uma das fundadoras do grupo vocalese Lambert, Hendriks e Ross, (foto) considerado o maior conjunto vocal de todos os tempos. A sua influencia está presente nos seguidores do vocalese. A canção "Twisted" tem sido desenvolvida por muitos grupos deste estilo (Manhattan Transfer, Pupini Sisters), inclusive alguns cantores, não diretamente ligados ao jazz, como Joni Mitchell e Bette Midler.

Annie atualmente mora em Nova York, onde mantém ativa a sua carreira e de lá excursiona pela Europa, de vez em quando. Recentemente lançou o CD "Let me Sing".

Click para ver e ouvir o grupo Lambert,Hendriks e Rosso em ação.

Jazz singer Annie Ross born in the UK, July 25,1930 has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. She has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz:

Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of “Twisted”, one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as “Farmers Market”, “Jackie” and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler.

Annie Ross toured in the 50’s with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing.

At age eleven she appeared as Judy Garland’s sister in “Presenting Lily Mars.” At age 14 she composed the song “Let's Fly”, which was subsequently recorded by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford.

She worked on 52nd St. with Max Roach, Tommy Potter and George Wallington and subbed for Billie Holiday at the Apollo Theater. The original recordings of “Twisted” and “Farmer’s Market” were done in 1952 with Wallington on piano and Art Blakey on drums.
Annie Ross has continued to bring the essence of jazz to a broad spectrum of listeners internationally, by touring, through her recordings, conducting workshops, writing, and appearances in film, television and radio.

Currently, Annie Ross is living in New York and is still active as a jazz performer, having recently performed in New York, Scotland, and Spain as well as having recorded a new CD, Let Me Sing.

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