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Sarah Vaughan

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Sarah Vaughan

American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstine's band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan's singing style was influenced by their instruments-"I always wanted to imitate the horns." Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded "Lover Man" together in 1945.

By the mid-1940s, Vaughan began singing with John Kirby and appearing on television variety shows. During the 1950s her audience grew as she toured both the United States and Europe and she signed with Mercury Record Corporation and EmArcy, Mercury's jazz label, in 1953 to sing both pop and jazz. She also appeared in three movies in this period, Jazz Festival (1956), Disc Jockey (1951), and Basin Street Revue (1956).

A contralto with a range of three octaves, she came to be regarded as one of the greatest of all jazz singers. Among her best-known songs were "It's Magic," "Make Yourself Comfortable," "Broken-Hearted Melody," "Misty," and "Send in the Clowns." Vaughan died in 1990, the same year in which she was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Sarah Vaughan : Original Keys For Singers : Songbook :  : 073999199420 : 0634067877 : 00306558

Sarah Vaughan : Original Keys For Singers

Review: The All Music Guide calls Vaughan "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." This collection gathers 25 of her classics arranged in her original keys so today's singers can try and match her performances.

Songlist: After Hours, Black Coffee, Body And Soul, Cheek To Cheek, Cherokee (Indian Love Song), Darn That Dream, East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon), If You Could See Me Now, Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain), It Might As Well Be Spring, It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream, Lullabye Of Birdland, The Man I Love, Misty, My Funny Valentine, My Ship, The Nearness of You, A Night In Tunesia, An Occasional Man, Perdido, Send In The Clowns, September Song, Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, Tenderly

Style: Jazz

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9205b | Songbook $17.95 | Solo Vocal Jazz Songbooks for Solo Female Voice


Sarah Vaughan : Great Women Singers of the 20th Century : DVD :  : 032031299894 : KUL2998DVD

Sarah Vaughan : Great Women Singers of the 20th Century

Review: This 1985 concert by jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn features such jazz songs as Poor Butterfly and East of the Sun. In this rare live performance she is appearing comfortable, humorous and singing beautifully several of her classic songs including Misty and Send in the The Clowns.

Songlist: Intro - Scat Vocal, Just Friends, Poor Butterfly, On a Clear Day, Just to Say Goodbye, But Not for Me/Our Love Is Here to Stay, Embraceable You/Someone to Watch Over Me, East of the Sun, Here's That Rainy Day, There Will Never Be Another You , Misty, Send In The Clowns, Credits/Riff/Scat Vocal

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5889dvd | DVD $19.95 | Solo Vocal Jazz DVDs


Sarah Vaughan : Live in "58 & '64 : DVD :  : 884088206642 : 1423453689 : 00320693

Sarah Vaughan : Live in "58 & '64

Review: Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan features the "Divine One" in her prime, wrapping her sultry voice around jazz standards such as "Lover Man," "Misty" and "I Got Rhythm" and soaring on popular showtunes such as "Over the Rainbow" and "Maria." One of the greatest voices of the 20th Century, her renditions of songs by Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Burke, the Gershwins and Stephen Sondheim are pure diva magic. These three performances demonstrate why Sarah Vaughan is invariably mentioned in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Includes: 24-page booklet; liner notes by Patricia Willard; foreword by Sarah's daughter Paris Vaughan Courtnall; cover photo by William "PoPsie" Randolph; booklet photos by Duncan Schiedt, Lee Tanner, Paul Hoeffler, Riccardo Schwamenthal, Ray Avery, Susanne Schapowalow; memorabilia collage; and more. 64 minutes.

Songlist: Sometimes I'm Happy, Lover Man, September in the Rain, Mean to Me, Tenderly, If This Isn't Love, Over the Rainbow, They All Laughed, Cherokee, Sometimes I'm Happy, I Feel Pretty, The More I See You, Bauble, Bangles and Beads, I Got Rhythm, Misty, Honeysuckle Rose, Maria, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

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6711dvd | DVD $19.95 | Solo Vocal Jazz DVDs


Sarah Vaughan : Big Band Female Standards - Songs in the Style of Sarah Vaughan : 01 Songbook & 1 CD :  : 888680094683 : 1941566154 : 00152964

Sarah Vaughan : Big Band Female Standards - Songs in the Style of Sarah Vaughan

Review: Whenever Sarah Vaughan sang, the reaction she would often inspire in was amazement. This collection features ten of her best in vocal arrangements with an accompanying CD containing a demonstration and play-along track for each song.

Songlist: Can't Get Out of This Mood, Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets), Misty, Moonlight in Vermont, It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year, Lullaby of Birdland, Nice Work If You Can Get It, It's Alright with Me, Yesterdays

Style: Standards

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3004b | Songbook & 1 CD $24.95 | Solo

The Songs ( See Arrangements.)

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Song NameArrangerProduct TitleFormatVoicing
Deep PurpleReady Tonight! Female Songs in Original Keys Vol 2SongbookMORE DETAILS
If Love Is Good To Me Steve RawlinsPro Charts in Original Keys for Female SingersSongbookMORE DETAILS
It Never Entered My MindTorch Songs - Female VoiceSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS
Mean To MeReady Tonight! Female Songs in Original Keys Vol 1SongbookMORE DETAILS
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) Jazz Standards For Female SingersSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS

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