Singers Cecile McLorin Salvant and the late Lillie Delk Christian would never be mistaken for one another, but they have several good things in common. Each of them has a readily identifiable sound and approach; they cannot be mistaken for other singers. They are both forceful, dramatic singers . . . and they work well with the best hot improvising jazz musicians, as you can see here.
Should the name Lillie Delk Christian be unfamiliar to you, I invite you to read the-lillie-delk-christian-mysteries and lillie-delk-christian-continued — two JAZZ LIVES blogposts that turned up all sorts of interesting research, especially in the comments.
For the 2012 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party, Cecile temporarily assumed the mantle of Miss Christian — which means singing a few excellent songs that were hits in 1928, with musicians who are emotionally connected to Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, and Sidney Bechet. Not a burden for anyone. The band — and what a band! — is Bent Persson, cornet; Thomas Winteler, reeds; Keith Nichols, piano; Martin Wheatley, guitar.
I MUST HAVE THAT MAN:
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE (instrumental, with the verse):
SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE:
And — this post is dedicated to David Parkinson, a gracious fellow without peer.
May your happiness increase.