Herb Jeffries – Easy To Remember

Artist: Herb Jeffries
Title: Easy To Remember
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Traditions (Generic)
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Total Time: 40:24 min
Total Size: 102 MB
WebSite: Album Preview

01. It’s Easy To Remember
02. Sweet Lorraine
03. Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day)
04. I Apologize
05. Smile
06. Nature Boy
07. I Surrender, Dear
08. Unforgettable
09. Pennies From Heaven
10. Pretend
11. My Melancholy Baby
Although not really a jazz singer, Herb Jeffries was the last surviving member of the 1940 Duke Ellington Orchestra and a fine interpreter of swing songs and ballads. He performed with Erskine Tate in the early ’30s, Earl Hines (1931-1934), and Blanche Calloway, before becoming the first black cowboy actor in a series of ’30s Westerns. He gained his greatest fame while with Ellington (1940-1942), having a big hit in “Flamingo.” Jeffries, who recorded with Sidney Bechet in 1940, worked as a single Artist after leaving Ellington in 1942, recording on an occasional basis and remaining active into the mid-’90s. He died, reportedly of heart failure, on May 25, 2014 in West Hills, California. ~bio by Scott Yanow

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