I love modern jazz, or as it is sometimes known, 'cool jazz'. I have always had a deep emotional connection with this type of music and it influences my singing and performing like nothing else. Most current Sinatra or Swing Tributes I have known are 'rock' or pop based artists with little or no understanding of jazz tempo or concept of the 'offbeat' - absolutely vital to any grasp or understanding of this type of music. I studied jazz piano for three years in order to learn and understand how better to master this form of musical expression which I love more than any other. My influences in Jazz are Bill Evans, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim. The singers I most listen to these days for pleasure are Diana Krahl, Blossom Dearie, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett who once sent me his autograph on a piece of postcard from his desk in New York. I still keep that postcard in a drawer, filed under "Important".
I have had the privilege of working with some very fine jazz musicians, notable Gunther Kuermeyer and Chris Lee (Piano). I once performed with Alec Dankworth (Cleo and Johnny's son) who was one of the best bass players I have ever worked with for my taste. His bass playing was rich and red - like listening to Claret if it could become music.
Here below are a selection of jazz-based recordings I have done to show the style I like to sing in and the voice I prefer to use for this type of music.