Wednesday, April 28, 2010


A cantora de jazz Blossom Margrete Dearie, nasceu no 28 de abril de 1926, em East Durham, New York e representa a fatia mais doce do jazz . Ela jamais figuraria em alguma enquete musical entre as dez mais importantes cantoras de jazz de todos os tempos. Nem poderia. Piadista e descompromissada, Dearie, também pianista, nunca se preocupou em transmitir o perfil dramático geralmente aliado a cantoras mais reverenciadas, como Billie Holiday ou Sarah Vaughan. Não pegou pesado no álcool ou nas drogas como Anita O'Day ou foi politicamente engajada como Shirley Horn.

Blossom Dearie foi a cantora sensível, quase infantil, equipada com um timbre de voz adocicado, pouco potente, mas afinadíssimo. Traduziu com nitidez o quadro mais clichê da alienada cantora dos clubes esfumaçados, ansiosa para ser descoberta por caça-talentos de alguma grande gravadora.
Morou por um tempo na França onde fez muito sucesso com a versão para lingua francesa de Lullaby of Birdland"
Acompanhada por uma orquestra, Blossom gravou um álbum pela Capitol em 1964, novamente recheado de clássicos mundiais: "Something Happens To Me", "I'm In Love Again", "Quiet Nights (Corcovado)" e "I'm Old Fashioned".
Um de seus álbuns prediletos foi gravado ao vivo, no clube londrino Ronnie Scott, em 1966. Neste disco, é possível avaliar o traço comediante e descontraído. Destaque para "When The World Was Young", "Once Upon A Summertime, "The Shape of Things" e "Satin Doll", de Duke Ellington.
Nos anos 70, atenta ao panorama musical da época, trilhou um caminho mais pop, atravessando o folk hippie em voga com canções como "That's Just the Way I Want To Be", "Hey John" e "Both Sides Now", esta última composta por Joni Mitchell. Blossom até gravou especiais para crianças na televisão, interpretando a tabuado do oito em "Figure Eight".
Blossom manteve uma sólida carreide no periodo de 1952 a 2006 e gravou para as principais gravadoras de sua éopca, como a Verve e
Dearie faleceu em Fevereiro de 2009, em Greenwich Village em Manhattan.
Blossom Derie canta "Someone to Watch Over Me"
Referencia - Vinicius Mesquita (Uol)
American Jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie, was born on April 28, 1924 in East Durham, New York. She enjoyed performing in the bebop genre and was best known for her distinctive girlish voice.
Different sources state her given names variously as Blossom Margrete Dearie, Marguerite Blossom Dearie, or Margrethe Blossom Dearie. As a child she studied Western classical piano but switched to jazz in her teens. After high school Dearie moved to New York City to pursue a music career and began to sing in groups such as the Blue Flames (with the Woody Herman Orchestra) and the Blue Reys (with Alvino Rey's band) before starting her solo career.
She moved to Paris, France, in 1952 and formed a vocal group, the Blue Stars of Paris, which included Michel Legrand's sister, Christiane, and Bob Dorough. In 1954 the group had a hit in France with a French -language version of "Lullaby of Birdland". The Blue Stars would later evolve into the Swingle Singers. While in Paris she met her future husband, the Belgian flautist and saxophonist Bobby Jaspar. On her first solo album, released two years later, she plays the piano but does not sing. One of her most famous songs from that period is "The Riviera", which was written and composed by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy Jr. in 1956.

After returning from France, Dearie made her first six American albums as a solo singer and pianist for Verve Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s, mostly in a small trio or quartet setting. Dave Garroway, host of The Today Show and an early fan of Dearie, featured her on several occasions, increasing her exposure with the popular audience. In 1962, she recorded a song for a radio commercial of Hires Root Beer. As it proved very popular, the LP Blossom Dearie Sings Rootin' Songs was released as a premium item that could be ordered for one dollar and a proof of purchase.
In 1964, she recorded the album May I Come In? (Capitol/EMI Records). It was recorded, atypically for her, with an orchestra. During this same period, Dearie performed frequently in New York supper clubs and in 1966 made her first appearance at Ronnie Scott's club in London. She recorded four albums in the United Kingdom during the 1960s which were released on the Fontana label.

After a period of inactivity, Dearie recorded the album That's Just the Way I Want to Be (containing the cult song "Dusty Springfield", an ode to the British pop star co-written by Dearie with Norma Tanega), which was released in 1970. In 1974, Dearie established her own label, Daffodil Records, which allowed her to have full control of the recording and distribution of her albums. Dearie appeared on television throughout her career, most notably giving her voice to the children's educational series Schoolhouse Rock!. Some of her pieces in this series were written by her good friend Bob Dorough, the jazz singer and composer. Her voice can be heard on "Mother Necessity", "Figure Eight" and "Unpack Your Adjectives".
Songwriter Johnny Mercer, with whom she collaborated for her 1975 song, I'm Shadowing You, gave one of his final compositions to Dearie for the title song of her 1976 Daffodil album, My New Celebrity is You.

Her distinctive voice and songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several films, including Kissing Jessica Stein, My Life Without Me, The Squid and the Whale and The Adventures of Felix. She also recorded songs with other singers, including Lyle Lovett.
Dearie continued to perform in clubs until 2006. One of the last remaining supper-club performers, she performed regular engagements in London and New York City over many years.
Dearie died on February 7, 2009, at her apartment in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Reference - Wikipédia

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