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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Permalink

Excellence In Jazz Playlist, September 28, 2016

Vocalist and jazz promoter Vivian Lee sits in with Gary during the 8 p.m. hour!

Lee’s entrepreneurial spirit and talent as a vocalist have made her a permanent and valuable fixture on the Sacramento jazz scene for many years. Vivian has done more than anyone to promote jazz music and its makers through her Scarlett Production concerts at various venues throughout northern California.

 As a performer, Lee has a silky smooth voice and a stage presence that reflects her knowledge of the master vocalists who have preceded her. Jazz vocalist and educator Julia Dollison wrote, “Lee’s voice is like sipping a fine chardonnay on a winter’s night – smooth as it glides through you.”

 Vivian has released four CDs. Her most recent “From Miss Lee To You,” released in March of 2013, pays homage to the vocalists and instrumentalists who inspired Lee in her formative years. Vivian is joined on the album by some of Sacramento’s finest musicians, including Ron Foggia, Jeff Clayton, and Darius Babazadeh.

 Although JB’s Lounge, a club that Vivian booked with bright talent for over a decade, is now history, Vivian Lee continues to pull together musicians to make the music live on in our community.


7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Darius Babazadeh: Like Someone In Love BUY from Endless Stars
7:04 p.m.
Joey Alexander: Sunday Waltz BUY from Countdown
7:14 p.m.
Joey Alexander: Soul Dreamer BUY from Countdown
7:20 p.m.
Tim Ray: Windows BUY from Windows
7:26 p.m.
Catherine Russell: The Very Thought Of You BUY from Harlem On My Mind
7:34 p.m.
The Cookers: Blackfoot BUY from The Call Of The Wild And Peaceful Heart
7:41 p.m.
Catherine Russell: Let Me Be The First To Know BUY from Harlem On My Mind
7:48 p.m.
Joey Alexander: City Lights BUY from Countdown
7:54 p.m.
John Lewis: Afternoon In Paris BUY from The Wonderful World Of Jazz
8:00 p.m.
8:04 p.m.
Vivian Lee: Afternoon In Paris BUY from From Miss Lee To You
8:18 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone BUY from Jazz Masters 12
8:22 p.m.
Frank Sinatra: I've Got You Under My Skin BUY from The Capitol Years
8:31 p.m.
Vivian Lee: Surrey With The Fringe On Top BUY from From Miss Lee To You
8:34 p.m.
Blossom Dearie: Try Your Wings BUY from Give Him The Ooh La La
8:38 p.m.
Nancy Wilson: I've Got Your Number BUY from The Best Of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz And Blues Sessions
8:43 p.m.
Shirley Horn: Here's To Life BUY from Here's To Life
8:49 p.m.
Shirley Horn: You'd Better Love Me BUY from You're My Thrill
8:50 p.m.
Kurt Elling: Tight BUY from Nightmoves
8:53 p.m.
Dave Brubeck: Take Five (feat. Carmen McRae) BUY from Vocal Encounters
8:56 p.m.
Bill Evans: Waltz For Debby BUY from Waltz For Debby
9:00 p.m.
9:02 p.m.
Stan Getz: Desafinado BUY from Jazz Masters 8
9:15 p.m.
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto: The Girl From Ipanema BUY from Getz/Gilberto #2
9:20 p.m.
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Choro BUY from Stone Flower
9:26 p.m.
Gene Harris & The Three Sounds: Black Orchid BUY from Black Orchid
9:31 p.m.
Nancy Wilson: I Can't Get Started BUY from The Essence Of Nancy Wilson
9:36 p.m.
Till Bronner: Bumpin' BUY from Oceana
9:43 p.m.
Gregory Porter: Holding On BUY from Take Me To The Alley
9:48 p.m.
Jim Martinez: Theme To Grace BUY from Good Grief! It's Still Jim Martinez: A Tribute To Guaraldi, Schulz And Peanuts
9:52 p.m.
Carol Saboya: Passarim BUY from Carolina
9:58 p.m.
John Scofield: Jolene BUY from Country For Old Men
10:00 p.m.
10:06 p.m.
Ray Obiedo: Santa Cruz BUY from Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 1
10:10 p.m.
John Scofield: You're Still The One BUY from Country For Old Men
10:17 p.m.
Diane Witherspoon: Night Flight BUY from Live
10:21 p.m.
Bobby Hutcherson: Same Shame BUY from Total Eclipse
10:38 p.m.
Mark Murphy (Nicola Conte): Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood Rework) BUY from The Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte
10:45 p.m.
Don Pullen: Paraty BUY from Ode To Life
10:54 p.m.
Don Pullen: Variation On Ode To Life BUY from Ode To Life

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