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Libby York Interview in Florida Weekly
Libby York spends a lot of time traveling and performing in New York; her hometown of Chicago; Paris; and Paso Robles, Calif., but she still keeps a Key West home that she bought back in 1980.
“This is my home,” she said. And it continues to be her hub of operations.
Ms. York graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., and was musically influenced early on by her parents.
“Both of my parents sang and played piano,” she said. Her early influences included Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mercer, George Gershwinand Rosemary Clooney.
Libby York releases “Memoir” to rave reviews
“…a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety…” Nate Chinen, New York Times
“…relaxed perfection…” C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
“…her wit and easy swing.” The New Yorker
“Her smokey voice will appeal to Diana Krall fans, but she is very much her own woman.” The Times of London
“Every so often a CD comes along that seems to have everything you want. Tunes and lyrics by the grand craftsmen of Tin Pan Alley, instrumental breaks by sympathetic musicians, and a singer who can interpret the GAsbook in the vocal traditions created by such as Ella, Peggy, Billie, Anita, Frank etc and yet retain his/her individuality. This is just such a disc!” Lance, Bebop Spoken Here>27 Live,
“There are a lot of wonderful female vocalists on the scene today, and one of the best is LIBBY YORK.” Joe Lang, JerseyJazz
“They left the audience at the Kitano wanting more, but surely grateful for the memories.” Roark Littlefield, Stage Buddy
“Libby York is a fine singer, arranger and band leader. Her rapport with the group is so engagingly palpable you’ll wish you were in the studio absorbing their musically vibrant and positive energy live.” Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside Magazine
“… every inch Diana Krall’s equal …warm, intimate and imbued with a fogbound sexiness.” Christopher Louden, JazzTimes
“It’s hard to imagine a voice more suited to classic jazz standards than that of Libby York.” Roark Littlefielfd, Stage Buddy
“With ‘Thanks for the Memories’, the Chicago-born chanteuse has really taken ownership of this classic, and I hope it will remain one of her standards. She sings it like no one else, with all schmaltz and bonhomie long gone. What is left is a delightful, unabashedly wistful private moment with an old lover…she dazzles” Roark Littlefielfd, Stage Buddy
Libby York’s latest CD “Memoir” is receiving raves from jazz press worldwide. This is the fourth release from the native Chicagoan, following an auspicious Blujazz recording debut with her CD, “Sunday in New York.” John McDonough of Downbeat Magazine has awarded the recording 4 stars and says, ”Stylish and cosmopolitan, with a broad streak of lush life urbanity, Libby York has a sound that recalls, without any condescension or gratuitous nostalgia, the slightly world weary, been around the block ennui of post war Anita O’Day, Chris Connor, and Sarah Vaughn.”
Chicago jazz radio personality Neil Tesser intones in his liner notes to the CD, “York finds the complicated emotional center of a lyric, and sets it out with disarming simplicity.” Gary Walker, the Music Director of WBGO, arguably the nation’s foremost jazz station, remarked, “‘Sunday in New York or anytime, anywhere, Libby York’s voice leads outstanding musicians on new paths through the jazz evergreens.”
Past performances include:
Kitano New York
The Green Mill Chicago
Jazz Showcase Chicago
The Vic LA
Cafe Laurent Paris
“Memoir” named in the Top 10 by KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz