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Jux Thu 27-Feb-14 15:38:12

DD (14) needs some new songs to sing. Thought old jazz standards would be good, like Misty, but can't think of too many. Things which will have a fairly good range and a recognisable tune, so more than just 3 or 4 notes!

Also recommendations of singers she could listen to performing such songs.

Thank you!

Northumberlandlass Tue 04-Mar-14 08:34:14

Jux - I got Rhythym (sp?) is great.
I remember years ago, Bette Midler did a 'standards' album. I recall a great toe tapping version of Miss Otis Regrets.
Gershwin to be honest is one of my all time favourites - I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise and How Long has this been going on.

Have you heard Dinah Washington singing 'Bessie Smith' ? Maybe something to listen to. Wonderful stuff.

superlambanana Mon 03-Mar-14 22:30:22

Once You Lose Your Heart from Half A Sixpence is good too smile

She might like to listen to Stacey Kent or Claire Martin.

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 03-Mar-14 20:20:36

nature boy I listened to Nat King Cole's version so much I think it is imprinted, but it can be covered well.

Ferguson Mon 03-Mar-14 19:41:20

Hi again -

You have had plenty of ideas to keep DD going for years I should think!

I'll just add a few links that may be of some use. Does DD also play instruments? Jazzwise magazine used to have an excellent on-line store, but it has changed to "sendmemusic". Jamey Aebersold has a range of over a hundred tutor books on all aspects and standards of playing and understanding jazz, most with CDs. There are also several what are known as 'Fake Books' that contain hundreds of tunes. Here are some JA singer books:

As you may know, Dory Previn died last year. All her albums are available on CD, and one of my favourites is "Live at Carnegie Hall", with a smallish acoustic band. What I DIDN'T know previously, is that there are other people who now sing her songs, in particular Kate Dimbleby:

Another brilliant singer, in a totally different style, is the West End and Broadway star, and more recently, also director, Maria Friedman. I will PM you sometime, with more info about Maria:

When I first heard Dory Previn, in the '70s, probably on the John Peel show, at the same time I also got 'hooked' on Pete Atkin. He set to music and sang, words by 'poet' Clive James. They had many LPs in the '70s, but more recently the Internet gave them a new audience. All their CD reissues were lost in the 'London Riots' when the Sony warehouse was burnt down, but many of the songs have newer versions on CD, but they are available ONLY from Hillside Music. The best introduction to them is "Clive & Pete Live in Australia", which incredibly is only £5 for a double CD. Besides songs there are hilarious anecdotes from Clive James:

Finally, to help you RELAX this is a piece I love:

[Keep up the good work!]

Jux Mon 03-Mar-14 19:10:41

Bossa Nova, eh? Will check out Astrud.

Judy Garland is another victim of dh's tolerance! Maybe if I don't tell.... grin

superlambanana Mon 03-Mar-14 19:01:37

That Ole Devil Called Love
Anything from the Judy Garland Songbook, the The Best Of.. books for Cole Porter and George Gershwin
There's also a good book called All Woman Jazz

That should keep her going!

CaptainCorellisVentolin Mon 03-Mar-14 18:53:30

All the things you are by the indomitable Miss Ella F. One of my all time favourites and quite apt for a young girl to sing I think.

Also, maybe for a more modern twist, some Bossa Nova Jazz by Astrud Gilberto?? The girl from Ipanema never gets old.

Jux Mon 03-Mar-14 18:49:36


Can't help lovin' that man of mine - possibly one of my all time favourites.
My funny Valentine - gorgeous song, Northumberland.

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 03-Mar-14 15:59:18

NorthumberlandLass, please do go on and on! smile

Jux. It's a lovely thing to be doing, and you're taking us down Memory Lane with you, too.
Don't forget 'Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs Worthington'! grin

Northumberlandlass Mon 03-Mar-14 08:55:42

There are some greats, my personal favourite's to sing are Gee Baby ain't I good to you, My Funny Valentine, Fascintating Rythym (which is great as you can play around with verse & really give speed to chorus), Paper Moon, Orange Coloured Sky, The Man that got Away.....I could go on & on

Check out Ella, Natalie Cole singing some of jazz stuff and also Judy Garland.

I agree with others some of the words in the jazz standards aren't suitable for a 14 yr old

Jux Mon 03-Mar-14 08:50:41

Yegods! Of course, The Cotton Club, I'd forgotten; and Stormy Weather and Take Good Care. Excellent. Thanks.

I would have known all those songs in my childhood (parents and most of their friends were musicians). I have no idea what any of them would have meant to me, but certainly would have at least have sung along to them. I think at that age that you understand what you can but it is probably not what was meant, or not entirely, ie. you miss some things, implications etc. Having said that, perhaps not all of them should be sung in public as it could give the wrong impression. I do at least understand your stance that far. Definitely worth thinking about, thank you for raising it.

Ferg, the Alien came to tea a few years ago. I did a thread asking for identification at the time, and someone told me - might even have been you! I shall have a look, but thread was probably in Chat.

I've read some Du Maurier, but not for a while. Maybe I should update my profile? grin

Ferguson Sun 02-Mar-14 23:01:11

WOW! Never thought I'd find people on MN who know jazz AND Dory Previn!

I'll come back tomorrow, with plenty of info, but meanwhile your pic of alien visitor (or do you already know?) is an elephant hawk moth caterpillar. Was going to send a link, but thousands of characters long, so you can Google for yourself. They eat willowherb, bedstraw, and even fuchsia (I just read!)

[Ian Banks I like, but couldn't understand 'M'. Don't laugh, but also read lot of Daphne DuMaurier last year, triggered by "The Birds" and other short stories of hers are also scary!]

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 28-Feb-14 09:47:03

Not sure if it's appropriate for a 14 year old...

Wild Women Don't Have The Blues

I also love 'One Hour Mama' but wouldn't want to hear a 14yo singing it.

I feel the same way about Lover Man, all of me and At Last (what business does a 14 year old have in singing 'At last'?)

So how about:

The very Thought of You
Jeepers Creepers
Stormy Weather
Georgia on my Mind
I'll be Seeing You (in all the old familiar places)if you search 'Cotton Club' on You Tube, you'll find a lot of the old classics.Then there's [[ Aint Misbehaving

button up your overcoat (Take Good Care of yourself)

Jux Fri 28-Feb-14 08:58:06

It's more classical than we're looking for for dd right now, but it's on the list as a possible audition piece for a Chamber choir she's interested in.

Thanks for all suggestions! More please grin

Jux Fri 28-Feb-14 08:53:54

Found June! It was set by Roger Quilter, and if you search for him and June on youtube there are tons of them! Sorry, can't link on this m/c. The poem was written by Nora Hopper and you'll find it here.

PollyCazaletWannabe Fri 28-Feb-14 07:49:12

June was a song about the month- all different aspects of it with 'that's the way of June' at the end of each verse. So annoying I can't remember any more details!

Blue Moon /Moon River excellent suggestions above.

MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Thu 27-Feb-14 23:08:31

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yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Feb-14 22:38:30

God bless the child (that has it all)
Moon River
Blue Moon
My baby just cares for me
I put a spell on you
Aint got no...Ive got life
Here comes the sun

Jux Thu 27-Feb-14 22:29:19

OK, I'll check it out.

Re June. Was it the month, or a girl called June or something else? I know how frustrating it is when you can only remember snippets of a song.

PollyCazaletWannabe Thu 27-Feb-14 21:34:21

No I can't sad I sang it myself once and can 'hear' the tune in my head but only remember snippets of the lyrics, which aren't coming up on google. Sorry sad

Guys and dolls is amazing! Another great song from there is 'I'll Know'.

Jux Thu 27-Feb-14 20:59:06

Don't know Guys & Dolls, but I was thinking of a song from Showboat, just can't remember the name. I'll have a look at G&D. Thanks.

Can you tell me a bit more about June? Composer, performer, anything? Maybe between us we could find it.

KC is out I'm afraid. My ever-tolerant and open minded dh put the kibosh on her years ago, so dd thinks The Carpenters are awful. One day - when she's left home - she may go back on that, though she's done her main bit of musical rebellion by getting into folk - particularly Irish folk - in the first place (makes dh scream grin), and then bands like Omnia and Evanescence.

DH is encouraging jazz as he can tolerate it slightly more easily than folk. As compensation, he will be doing some rock with her. I think he's got her choosing some Free...

It's a delicate balance grin

PollyCazaletWannabe Thu 27-Feb-14 18:27:28

Grr can't find 'June', sorry. How about stuff from old musicals eg 'if I were a bell' from guys and dolls?

PollyCazaletWannabe Thu 27-Feb-14 18:23:06

She might like a song called'June'. It's not jazz, more modern classical- will try and find a link, hang on.

If she has a very pure, true voice, how about some Karen Carpenter stuff?

Jux Thu 27-Feb-14 18:05:48

Someone to watch over me - lovely!

Can't believe I'd forgotten My Funny Valentine! Good suggestion re Chet Baker.

Polly, it's very pure and true. She sings a lot of classical stuff, but also folk and country. Mammas and Pappas, that sort of thing.

DH would like some older jazz stuff too, like Is you is or is you ain't and so on, but my brain isn't working.

UriGeller Thu 27-Feb-14 16:04:30

Youtube Chet Baker. There's all the old jazz standards sung in his unbelievably mellifluous voice. My Funny Valentine is my favourite.

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