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 |  Naomi Louisa O'Connell

This recording of Jessye Norman singing ‘Afterthoughts’ with Michel Legrand at the piano is remarkable. I love it—the tone of her, the risk-taking, the musical chemistry between them both and the journey they take us on. What a gift they left us… Composer: Gene de Paul; Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh




 |  Naomi Louisa O'Connell

Just listen to how Bobby Short sings Cole Porter’s ‘I’m In Love Again’! It’s perfection. I am addicted to rough edges around a beautiful voice: that little bit of grit, the almost-growl, the ability to sense the breath in the sound. And pretty much any recording of Bobby Short holds me spellbound. Enjoy this one!




 |  Naomi Louisa O'Connell

I could listen to Jacques Brel all day every day: that fast vibrato, that tone, that uvular R… He’s one of my favorite performers—always fully committed and without any barrier to the story he’s telling. I find him electrifying to listen to. ‘Madeleine’ is a delicious, giddy romp of a song in which a lovable […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from soprano Harolyn Blackwell. I first heard Ms. Norman sing when I  was 18 years of age and vacationing  in Mexico City. I had never heard of her.  […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from baritone Justin Austin. Growing up, Jessye Norman was the “Ariadne lady.” I knew her from the famous rehearsal footage of the Metropolitan Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos starring […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from baritone James Martin. The first time I heard Jessye Norman sing was in Opera History class.  We were studying Grand Opera, specifically Les Troyens of Berlioz.  The […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford. In high school at Fiorello H. LaGuardia, it was “Take your daughter to work” day and around ten of us were chosen to walk […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. We begin with a tribute from soprano Julia Bullock. Ms. Norman undeniably had a tremendous impact and powerful presence: if she hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been hit with a wave of […]




 |  Rebecca Jo Loeb

During my recent trip to Brazil, and having been a fan of Brazilian Bossa Nova/Samba since being introduced to it by Steve a number of years ago, I was eager to hear what BRAZILIANS listen to in BRAZIL. None of this Gringo mess. Turns out they listen to the Gringo mess but ALSO quite a […]