Take a journey with Stephanie Nakasian .....begin with optimistic love, wind through heartbreak and dissolution, to return to hope in a carefully selected span of songs paralleling the global malaise that has begun to stimulate innovative changes throughout the world in promise of a brighter future. In complete synchronicity with master improvisational pianist Harris Simon, Stephanie dynamically breaks the guidelines of bar-lines and rhythms from her traditional swing and bebop roots with exuberant poly rhythms and exotic harmonies. You will be transformed as Stephanie masterfully “shows the way” in a voice that is fresh and expressively invigorating! Known as one of the world’s leading jazz singers, Stephanie Nakasian will take you on a melodic voyage, fresh and authentic that transcends the Great Ladies of Song in both tribute and originality.
Classic remake of Billie Holiday’s 1935 Landmark Recordings with Hod O’Brien as Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen as Ben Webster, Randy Sandke as Roy Eldridge and Stephanie Nakasian as Billie with Marty Grosz-gtr, Neal Miner-bass, Chuck Riggs-drums FEATURED ON “FRESH AIR” with Terry Gross on NPR
The band backing up Stephanie includes Hod O’Brien on piano, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Tom Hamilton on tenor, John Jensen on trombone, Hovie Collins on rhythm guitar, Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. The arrangements attempt to approximate the originals and were prepared by Hod O’Brien and Stephanie. The booklet contains descriptions of each selection with an explanation of some of the techniques used by each vocalist whose style is being interpreted. More than anything else, this CD further reveals the wide range of technique that Stephanie Nakasian is capable of. To a great extent, she captures the feeling and manner of each of the great vocalists that she has chosen to present.
Stephanie with great bands singing the repertoire of 30′s diva Lee Wiley With Hod O’Brien-pno, Spanky Davis-tpt, Dan Barrett-tbn, Harry Allen-tnr, Allan Vache-cl, Michael Moore-b, James Chirillo-gtr, Jackie Williams-dr and Vince Giordano orchestra (on selected tracks)
Music Minus One Recordings/Karaoke
This is a karaoke version of Stephanie’s “Thrush Hour” CD in tribute to 20 singers. There are ½ the tracks of that cd on this volume and ½ are on vol 2 below. Part of the CD is with Stephanie singing and the other is without so you can sing with her band. Lyrics are included.
Stephanie's Daugther - Veronica Swift
Stephanie's Dear, the Incomparable Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)
OUT OF PRINT
This is Hod's first solo release (recorded June 15-18 2009 on Philology W442.2). It features tunes associated with the repertoire of Chet Baker, including such signature tunes as Let's Get Lost, Line for Lyons, and one of his most requested ones My Funny Valentine.
Hod O'Brien piano, Ray Drummond bass and Kenny Washington drums