June Christy
American singer
June Christy
June Christy, born Shirley Luster, was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as "one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time."
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MUSIC REVIEW; Emily Bergl at the Oak Room - Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
Emily Bergl, an incandescent kewpie doll with a bright Betty Boop-inflected chirp, a defiant flounce and a sharp comedic edge, took the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel by storm on Tuesday evening. Her sensational show, “Kidding on the Square” may have played elsewhere, but arriving at the staid Oak Room it felt like a gust of fresh air
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Grandpa's iPod - Marinscope Community Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
We tasted “something cool” from the recordings of Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck and June Christy. A few hundred hymns and carols that always seemed to be pitched a bit too high for our basso profundo were well-thumbed parts of our high school songbook,
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Kasschau Memorial Shell is best buy in town - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
Eleni and Marina Wain enjoyed a performance at the Shell in June. Christy Tarr-McVey called the show "Women of Broadway." Featured songs are from: "Anything Goes," "Gypsy," "Shrek," Jekyll and Hyde" and "Mama Mia." Friends from Broadway includes
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Spencer Day demonstrates to Opera House fans that he's moving on - Napa Valley Register
Google News - over 5 years
Dismissing his superb backup band, Day chose to close the 90-minute performance with a song associated heretofore with a female vocalist — actually one female vocalist, June Christy. In 1954's “Something Cool,” the dread of moving on alone was
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Today in Music History - June 21 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 1990, jazz and big band singer June Christy, who rose to fame with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the 1940's, died in Los Angeles of kidney failure. She was 64. In 1994, Britain's high court ruled that George Michael could not get out of his
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Janis Mann To Appear At The Kitano June 10 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Reviewing her 2008 CD release, A Perfect Time, which charted in the Jazzweek top 10, Christopher Loudon writes in JazzTimes, "Mann is owner and operator of a splendid instrument that owes as much to June Christy as it does to Sarah Vaughan
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Mill Valley's Jamison Shares Passion for American Classics - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jamison, who lives with her family in the heart of downtown Mill Valley, grew up listening to jazz music; the Kingston Trio and June Christy are two early favorites. A self-described “Army brat,” she's lived everywhere from the Marshall Islands (in the
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„Überraschende“ Auftritte bei der Air Classics - AeroBrief
Google News - almost 6 years
So auch seine Kollegin Caroline Mhlanga, die unter anderem mit Klassikern von Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy und Dinah Washington zu bezaubern weiß. Weitere Details und das gesamte Programm der Air Classics Gelnhausen gibt es auf der Homepage
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THE Jazz Club ends season on high note - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Google News - almost 6 years
This gifted musician has performed with singers from Mel Tormé to June Christy, trumpeters from Red Rodney, Chet Baker to Dizzy Gillespie, pianists from Earl “Fatha” Hines to Kenny Drew, Ellis Marsalis, and bassists from Charlie Haden to the elusive
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Polished brass: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall bring their craft to SF - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - almost 6 years
For me it was almost coming full circle because these are the songs I learned as a girl singing along with the albums by folks like Judy Garland, June Christy and Anita O'Day.” The goal, however, was not to just rerecord some beloved tunes
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Big Sounds at the AQ: Bill Goodwin and Adam Niewood, May 12th - Jazz Police (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
A professional drummer since 1959, Goodwin has played with Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, George Shearing and Bobby Hutcherson, and singers June Christy, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Manhattan Transfer. In 1969, he moved to the East
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MUSIC PROFILE: Kate Davis - Rochester City Newspaper
Google News - almost 6 years
Of course, she does listen to and learn from her favorite vocalists: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, June Christy, and Julie London. Her approach seems to be working; on her new CD, "Live At Jimmy Mak's," her tone, inflection,
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Morty Jacobs, George Burns' Longtime Musical Collaborator, Dies at 93 - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - almost 6 years
He composed the hit "Palomino" for singing cowboy Herb Jeffries, and his compositions "Lefty Louie" and "Tell Me More" were recorded by the David Rose Orchestra and June Christy, respectively. Jacobs also worked as a composer with Irving Taylor and
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'Jazz Night', the Annual Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert, Thursday ... - SitNews
Google News - almost 6 years
This piece has been recorded by June Christy, Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler. Leslie Snodderly is the featured baritone saxophonist, in the Charles Mingus tune "Moanin'". Mingus recorded this tune on his "Blues and Roots" album
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Thinking Inside the Box (Musically, That Is)
NYTimes - over 7 years
THERE are numerous ways to invent history, as seen in this year's assortment of boxed sets. Some prefer the full-catalog purge, and others the rarities and remixes. Some celebrate received wisdom; others, alternate stories. And when all that's done, some start over, taking another look with fresh eyes. That there would be only one way to go about
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 7 years
An obituary last Tuesday about the jazz vocalist Chris Connor included several errors. She joined the Stan Kenton Band in 1953, as the obituary indicated at one point, not 1952, and she spent less than 5 months singing with the band, not 10 months. The singer whom Ms. Connor replaced in the Kenton band was Kay Brown, not June Christy. And Ms.
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Chris Connor, Jazz Singer Whose Voice Embodied A Wistful Cool, Dies at 81
NYTimes - over 7 years
Chris Connor, the great jazz singer whose lush, foggy voice and compressed emotional intensity distilled a 1950s jazz reverie of faraway longing in a sad cafe, died on Saturday in Toms River, N.J. She was 81 and lived in Toms River. The cause was cancer, her publicist, Alan Eichler, said. A singer who used little vibrato and was admired for her
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MUSIC REVIEW; A Voice That Smolders but Still Plays It Cool
NYTimes - over 8 years
Through much of her hourlong show at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on Thursday night, Melody Gardot weighed vulnerability against seductiveness, without really taking sides. ''Quiet Fire,'' one of her slinkier tunes, summed up the situation well. ''I'm burning up,'' Ms. Gardot cooed, before issuing a coy invitation, a pledge of surrender and, in
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER'; Fraught Life of a Cast-Iron Songstress
NYTimes - over 8 years
Watching the great jazz singer Anita O'Day croaking ''The Nearness of You'' in her mid-80s in the final moments of ''Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer,'' it is impossible to determine whether she is addressing life or death. What seems clear in the interview that makes up the spine of the movie is that near the end of her life, the so-called
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of June Christy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 64
    Christy died at her home in Sherman Oaks, California of kidney failure on June 21, 1990, at the age of 64.
    More Details Hide Details Her remains were cremated and scattered off the coast of Marina Del Rey.
  • 1987
    Age 61
    She recorded an interview in 1987 for a Paul Cacia produced album called "The Alumni Tribute to Stan Kenton" on the Happy Hour label.
    More Details Hide Details A number of other Kenton alumni (Shorty Rogers, Lee Konitz, Jack Sheldon, among them) interspersed their tunes with reminiscences of the man and the years on the road. Christy toured one final time in 1988, again with Shorty Rogers. Her final performance was sharing the stage with Chet Baker.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 51
    Christy returned to the recording studio in 1977 to record her final solo LP, Impromptu.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 46
    In 1972, she sang at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York City, where she was reunited with the Kenton Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed at a handful of jazz festivals during the late 1970s and 1980s, playing with a band of all-star West Coast jazz musicians led by Shorty Rogers, as well as taking part in a number of world tours.
  • 1969
    Age 43
    Christy semi-retired from the music business in 1969, in part due to her battle with alcoholism.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 28
    Christy was married to Bob Cooper. In 1954, she gave birth to a daughter, Shay Christy Cooper (9-1-1954 - 2-21-2014).
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    In 1954, she released a 10" LP entitled Something Cool, recorded with Rugolo and his orchestra, a gathering of notable Los Angeles jazz musicians that included her husband, multi-instrumentalist Bob Cooper and alto saxophonist Bud Shank.
    More Details Hide Details Something Cool was re-released as a 12" LP in 1955 with additional selections, and then entirely rerecorded in stereo in 1960 with a somewhat different personnel. Christy would later say that the album was "the only thing I've recorded that I'm not unhappy with." Something Cool was also important in launching the vocal cool movement of the 1950s, and it hit the Top 20 Charts, as did her third album, The Misty Miss Christy. In the 1950s and 1960s, Christy appeared on a number of television programs, including the short-lived CBS show Adventures in Jazz (1949), Eddie Condon's Floor Show (1949), The Jackie Gleason Show (1953), The Tonight Show (1955), The Nat King Cole Show (1957), Stars of Jazz (1958), The Steve Allen Show (1959), The Lively Ones (1963), and The Joey Bishop Show (1967). She also appeared on the first sponsored jazz concert on television, The Timex All-Star Jazz Show I (December 30, 1957), which also featured Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Duke Ellington and Gene Krupa.
    She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool.
    More Details Hide Details After her death, she was hailed as "one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time." Shirley Luster was born in Springfield, Illinois, and moved with her family to Decatur, Illinois, when she was three years old. She began to sing with the Decatur-based Bill Oetzel Orchestra at thirteen. While attending Decatur High School she appeared with Oetzel and his society band, the Ben Bradley Band, and Bill Madden's Band. After high school she moved to Chicago, changed her name to Sharon Leslie, and sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. Later she joined Benny Strong's band. In 1944, Strong's band moved to New York at the same time Christy was quarantined in Chicago with scarlet fever.
  • 1947
    Age 21
    From 1947, she started to work on her own records, primarily with arranger and bandleader Pete Rugolo.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1945
    Age 19
    Her voice produced successful hits such as "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," the million-selling "Tampico" in 1945, and "How High the Moon". "Tampico" was Kenton's biggest-selling record.
    More Details Hide Details When the Kenton Band temporarily disbanded in 1948, she sang in nightclubs for a short time, and reunited with the band two years later. Christy appeared as guest vocalist on Kenton's albums Artistry in Rhythm (1946), Encores (1947), Innovations in Modern Music (1950) and Stan Kenton Presents (1950), Stan Kenton Classics (Capitol, 1944-47 1952) and The Kenton Era (Capitol, 1940-54, 1955). Beginning on September 28, 1959, Christy began a five-week road tour of 38 performances called "Road Show". The all-star billing: Stan Kenton and his orchestra, June Christy, The Four Freshmen. Capitol recorded highlights on October 10 at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, for a two-disc LP, reissued in 1988 on CD.
    In 1945, after hearing that Anita O'Day had left Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she auditioned and was chosen for the role as a vocalist.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, she changed her name once again, becoming June Christy.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on November 20, 1925.
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