Thursday, May 26, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sophie Milman

Artist:Sophie Milman
Song:Speak Low
Album:Her Very Best...So Far

Jazz singer Sophie Milman had some success a few years ago. She seems to be semi-retired at the moment raising her family. She was born in 1983 in Ufa, Russia but she grew up in Israel. As a child, she listened to Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Her family moved to Toronto which is where she lives now. She started performing locally and she was spotted by pianist Bill King. He got her a deal with the Canadian label Linus Entertainment with distribution in the US by Koch/eOne. King and Danny Greenspoon produced her 2004 debut album Sophie Milman. It did well on the jazz charts and Sophie became a favourite on Canadian TV and on tour. Speak Low is from her 2011 CD In The Moonlight. The album was produced by former Warner Bros. Jazz president Matt Pierson. Speak Low was written by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash for the 1943 show One Touch of Venus. Carmen McRae was probably the first jazz singer to record Speak Low and it is now a jazz standard. This recording was arranged by guitarist Julian Lage. Other musicians are Larry Grenadier on bass, Lewis Nash on drums and Bashiri Johnson on percussion. Unfortunately, In The Moonlight is Sophie's latest CD. She left Linus and they released this comp in 2013. Sophie is married to lawyer Casey Chisick who is also her manager. They have a young child and it looks like Sophie has taken time off to raise her child. It remains to be seen if she will return but she did appear on a Yiddish music tribute in Richmond Hill early this year. Her website is kaput. I hope she returns. She's a pretty good singer. Here's Sophie Milman performing Speak Low at Club Soda in Montreal July 5, 2012 as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival. The clip doesn't identify the musicians but I think that is Julian Lage on guitar.

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