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Dedicated to Lee Wiley - Stephanie Nakasian

Stephanie Nakasian is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz as one of the world's leading singers. She first came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks. Since then, she has toured and recorded as a leader with her partner and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Hod O'Brien. Her original concert revues such as "Great Ladies of American Song" and various composer and singer tributes have been met with much acclaim.


This album is a sensational tribute to the great Lee Wiley, one of the mainstays of American vocal jazz. Nakasian is joined by an excellent combo including Hod O'Brien on piano, Dan Barrett on trombone, Spanky Davis on trumpet, Harry Allen on tenor sax, Allan Vache on clarinet, Michael Moore on bass, James Chirillo on guitar, and Jackie Williams on drums.

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Sweet & Lowdown Stars Fell on Alabama Oh, Look At Me Now A Woman's Intuition Down With Love East of the Sun Don't Blame Me Sugar Ghost of a Chance Manhattan A Hundred Years From Today Down With Love I've Got the World On A String Stormy Weather Come Rain Or Come Shine My Shining Hour I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Stephanie Nakasian
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor No
SKU CJ26

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"Head of the Class!"Review by Big Toots
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CJ 26 Dedicated to Lee Wiley Stephanie Nakasian

Elegance and taste; it’s what separates the mundane from the magnificent and the ordinary from the outstanding. After all, there’s Gallo and Dom Pérignon, costume jewelry and the blinding bling that Harry Winston loans to Red Carpeting starlets on Oscar® night. Well, with “Dedicated to Lee Wiley” songstress Stephanie Nakasian is about as elegant, tasty, and musically “swingingly blinging” as it gets. The album is a Hope Diamond of superb musical content, great artistry and musicianship of which Wiley, an exquisite chanteuse in her own right, would approve – if not buy.

Offering up a behemoth of a GASser repertoire – one short of two baseball teams - Nakasian and stellar team deliver the goods. The date is uplifting, swinging and it has all the spirit and ambiance of a classy cabaret performance without the smoke, clinking and chatter.

Nakasian has to be one of the most talented, yet lesser-known, vocalists on the planet. Her voice is resonant and quite inviting. She’s got a presence – a marvelous lyric touch, and a phrasing and swing that are positively instrumental (“Sweet and Lowdown,” “Ghost of a Chance,” “Sugar”). While avoiding over-the-top theatrics, Nakasian can belt or bring things down dynamically to enhance and soothe the lyric line (“Don’t Blame Me”).

Hod O’Brien’s fine charts and solid piano backing are highly complementary to the lady with the mic (who happens to be his spouse). The supporting teams also frame Nakasian well. Trumpeter Spanky Davis and clarinetist Allan Vaché are standouts. As a bonus, Vince Giordano’s Orchestra joins the fun-fray and adds a big band bonanza to it (“I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Stormy Weather,” “My Shining Hour”).

What a fine portrait of a classic singer and classy time in American popular music – and nightlife - this recording is! There’s nothing to be wily about here other than to enjoy Ms. Nakasian’s sublime effort and relish it – perhaps with a taste of the aforementioned bubbly.
(Posted on 6/15/2015)
Stephanie NakasianReview by Simon Sez
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Although few seem to know about her, Stephanie Nakasian has been one of the top jazz singers of the past few decades. While she has her own style, she has shown on some recordings that she can sound very close to some of the greats of the past.
On Dedicated To Lee Wiley, Nakasian captures the spirit and style of Wiley (a major singer of the 1940s) without directly copying her.. She sings 17 songs associated with Wiley and, with the help of an eight-piece group, revives such classics as “A Woman's Intuition,” “Down With Love,” and “A Hundred Years From Today.” Her warm vocals are memorable as Lee Wiley’s were.

Simon Sez: Stephanie Nakasian’s Dedicated To Lee Wiley (CJ26) has her bringing back Wiley’s memorable style on 17 songs of the past.

(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by - Scott Yanow
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"Dedicated To Lee Wiley is a fine tribute from one great singer to another."

Nakasian's warm singing revives such songs as "Stars Fell On Alabama," "A Woman's Intuition," "Down With Love," "Sugar," "Manhattan" and "A Hundred Years From Today" with the assistance of an all-star octet." (Posted on 6/7/2013)

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