Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Libby York

Artist:Libby York
Song:I Love Being Here With You
Album:Here With You

Libby York is a contemporary jazz singer in the tradition of classic jazz singers of the 50s like Peggy Lee and June Christy. I think she will appeal to fans of that kind of sound. She was born in Chicago in 1953. She always sang but didn't record until the 90s. She majored in political science at American University in Washington, DC. Then she moved to Delaware and owned a restaurant in the 70s. She moved to New York in 1981 and studied with jazz legend Abbey Lincoln. She sang in clubs at night and worked day jobs including as a production assistant on Saturday Night Live. It was here that she met the wonderful pianist Renee Rosnes and the two have worked together ever since. Libby moved back to Chicago in 1994 and has recorded three CDs including Here With You on her own label in 2008. She has a great band with Renee Rosnes on piano. Guitarist Howard Alden wrote the arrangements but most of the guitar solos are by Russell Malone. There is also veteran trumpeter Warren Vache and drummer Vanderlei Pereira. I Love Being Here With You was written by Peggy Lee and she first recorded it in the 50s. Many singers have covered it. I gather that Libby York still plays clubs in Chicago and New York and she's worth checking out. Here's Libby York with Renee Rosnes on piano, Varren Vache on trumpet, Howard Alden on guitar, Todd Coleman on bass and Tom Melito on drums performing I Love Being Here With You at the Metropolitan Room in New York City May 29, 2009.

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