February for us was a month devoted to just some of the many incredible Black artists artists who have embraced and recorded music by JEROME MOROSS. But it was too short. We'll keep these artists posted a little longer for you to enjoy!
ERICA PAPILLION-POSEY, versatile vocalist, songwriter and author wraps up our survey of artists for Black History Month. Papillion-Posey is equally at home in the jazz and classical idioms. This Louisiana native is not to be missed on any stage! The release of her 3rd studio album, BETTER ANGELS, April 2019, an 11 track work which boasts 10 original compositions complemented by Papillion-Posey’s own, thought-provoking, introspective lyrics. With each record she continues to evolve, not just as a vocalist but as a noted lyricist, emerging arranger and composer.
Erica Papillion-Posey performs BECAUSE OF THEM, 3rd Annual Women's History Month Tribute (virtual)an array of jazz standards, made household gems, by celebrated artists: Sarah, Nina, Nancy and some originals form her current LP, BETTER ANGELS with pianist, Mason Margut.
REGINA BELLE, Grammy award-winning R&B, jazz, and gospel vocalist, released her album LAZY AFTERNOON in 2004. She demonstrates how the title song LAZY AFTERNOON lends itself to the artist’s unique vocal interpretation. Listen to her music on Youtube and find it for download on Amazon.
LA TANYA HALL, American vocalist, is poised to take her place as one of the foremost jazz artists in the world today. Her ability to reinvent the Great American Songbook is amassing glorious reviews from around the globe. “It’s About Time,” featuring Moross/Latouche’s LAZY AFTERNOON (Bridge Records 2008), Hall’s debut recording, has been heralded as “an impressive debut from one of jazz’s brightest stars,” Jazz.com describes her as “a woman ripe with talent [whose] interpretative skills are a marvel.”
With a very extensive bio, her versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to collaborate with some of music’s most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Belafonte, Michael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Michael Feinstein Aretha Franklin, Rob Thomas, and Patti Labelle. And she has appeared as a soloist in her own right with the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.
JOHN COLTRANE was one of the most famous saxophone players of all time. He was featured in Winner's Circle, a 1957 album by jazz musicians who came in first or second in "Down Beat's" critics' poll of the same year. He selected Jerome Moross’s and John Latouche’s LAZY AFTERNOON for his recording. A great compilation of the greats.
HANK JONES, 5-time Grammy winner who recorded more than 60 albums was one of the most beloved jazz pianists of his age. His death, 10 years ago at 91 left behind a history of influence on all the jazz greats, from Cannonball Adderly to Ella Fitzgerald and so many more. While all are thoughts are focused on our family’s at this time and our future, take a moment to relax with HANK JONES’ recording of JEROME MOROSS’S LAZY AFTERNOON. Click here: https://youtu.be/Shl8396lLBo
SHIRLEY HORNE collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing, something described by arranger Johnny Mandel as "like having two heads", and for her rich, lush voice, a smoky contralto, which was described by noted producer and arranger Quincy Jones as "like clothing, as she seduces you with her voice".
GRANT GREEN, guitarist was described by critics Michael Erlewine and Ron Wynn as , "A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar ... Green's playing is immediately recognizable – perhaps more than any other guitarist." Critic Dave Hunter described his sound as "lithe, loose, slightly bluesy and righteously groovy"
Grant Green was born on June 6, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri and died at the young age of 43.
SARAH VAUGHAN was a comet whose career took off and never slowed down. She sang with all the greats and while called a jazz singer, “Sassy’s” voice defied description. In 1972, Sinatra was quoted as saying, “Sassy is so good now when I listen to her I want to cut my wrists with a dull razor.” In 1990, we lost her too soon at 66.
CAROLINE HENDERSON, a singer with a global reputation that spans decades, has made Jazz a truly international art form. She was born in Stockholm, grew up in Philadelphia, New York and Paris, and in 1983 she moved to Copenhagen.
As a teenager she sang in various jazz bands, and in 1989 she got her breakthrough in Denmark, which she now calls home. Henderson has released over a dozen albums, including “Don’t Explain” featuring “The Golden Apple’s” LAZY AFTERNOON.
EARTHA KITT, singer, actor, anti-war activist, legend. Her sultry voice was unmistakable with hits like "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby." She died Christmas Day, 2008 at 81. Here she sings the classic Moross/Latouche favorite, LAZY AFTERNOON," our holiday gift to you.
WYNTON MARSALIS is one of the most brilliant and versatile artists of our or any age. He is an American trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. Marsalis has won at least nine Grammy Awards, and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He is the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year.
. Here is his haunting performance of LAZY AFTERNOON from his album "Hot House Flowers."
VANESSA WILLIAMS, is one of just a few artists to score No. 1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard's Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz—the latter is where her release, "The Real Thing," debuted at No. 1 in June of 2009.
Included on the album is LAZY AFTERNOON, adding Ms. Williams to the club of superstar artists who have recorded it.
Acclaimed Canadian vocalist Holly Cole isn't an artist who falls into any single category. Her smoky voice is sultry, yet she's ironically humorous and candid while reshaping traditional standards and pop classics. Jazz is her bedrock, but not exclusively. It's a sound that helped build her a loyal fan base after she emerged on the Toronto jazz scene in the 1980s. Working with her trio of bassist David Piltch and pianist Aaron Davis, she earned accolades, including Juno Awards for 1993's Don't Smoke in Bed and 2003's Shade. Her music remains deeply inventive and atmospheric, even when drawing upon the classic traditional pop sound of the '50s and '60s, as she did on 2007's Holly Cole.
Her recent album HOLLY features "The Golden Apple" hit LAZY AFTERNOON.
Deelee Dubé (pronounced Doo-beh, accented “é”) made history by becoming the first British Winner and recipient of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and is one of today’s foremost gifted vocalists to have emerged from the London scene in many years. Embodying a stellar African musical lineage, the eclectic tastes of a London upbringing and a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition, Deelee possesses what Jazz Times called ‘a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority.’ Deelee’s late father was the famed South African jazz pianist Jabu Nkosi. . She formed her first band at the age of 14. She attended the BRIT School for arts and music, and received formal voice sessions under Anton Browne later studying as a music undergraduate at South Bank University and Morley College with vocalist Clare Foster, and forming the first of many musical relationships with jazz pianist Roland Perrin.
Look for her album TRYING TIMES with LAZY AFTERNOON.
FEATURES JEROME MOROSS’S LAZY AFTERNOON FROM THE CLASSIC MUSICAL GOLDEN APPLE
When live performances stopped, many artists found themselves faced with uncertainty, challenges and a longing to perform. It didn't take long for musicians like Billy Stritch to find a new home online. Billy's Place quickly became a successful weekly online music show that allowed Stritch to entertain from the safety and comfort of his home. Today's release, “Billy's Place”, is a recording of some of Billy's favorites from this series, including JEROME MOROSS’S LAZY AFTERNOON from the classic musical GOLDEN APPLE with lyrics by JOHN LATOUCHE, Recorded for Club44 Records, it is available on all streaming music platforms and distributed by Provident/Sony Distribution.
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From big bands to Broadway, radio to recordings and television to the big screen, Kaye Ballard did it all in a career that spanned eight decades. Millions knew her best from her comedic TV roles on The Mothers-In-Law and The Doris Day Show - in addition to dozens of music-variety show appearances - but she also enjoyed notable successes on stage including her breakout role as Helen in the JEROME MOROSS/JOHN LATOUCHE musical THE GOLDEN APPLE and during the glamorous era of night clubs. Along with a roster of illustrious friends and associates, Kaye recalls her remarkable life in show business accentuated with extensive rare footage and photographs offering an entertaining glimpse of her rich and varied talents.
"the war lord" WITH SOUND TRACK BY JEROME MOROSS now on blue-ray
From Franklin J. Schaffner, the acclaimed director of Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon and The Boys from Brazil comes this action-packed adventure yarn with great performances and production values. In the 11th century, the powerful Duke William of Ghent sends his most trusted knight, Chrysagon (Charlton Heston, The Big Country, El Cid), and a troop of warriors to guard Normandy’s coastal settlements from plunder and pillage by Frisian raiders. Smitten with Bronwyn (Rosemary Forsyth, What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?), the foster child of village elder Odins (Niall MacGinnis, Jason and the Argonauts), the War Lord is tempted simply to take her, under the feudal custom of droit du seigneur, but finds he is falling in love. Jerome Moross's rich score is plus.