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Marlena Shaw (Uncredited)

Marlena Shaw

While everyone agrees that Marlena Shaw is a national treasure, it’s difficult to categorize her. Both Downbeat and Record World have named her “Best Female Singer,” and many have compared her range, class, and swing to that of eternal jazz lights like Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. She’s also been called a “soul legend.” The critics use words like “astonishing,” “peerless,” “radiant,” and “powerful,” and marvel at her “soaring sensuality.”Given her 40-year plus boundary-busting career, such labeling confusion is inevitable.

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Marlena Shaw 5/4/14: Marlena Shaw

One of the first female vocalists signed by Blue Note Records, Marlena Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots. A former singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, she has the ability to highlight the dramatic possibilities of the simplest lyric, while her sassy, humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing. She performs with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King, and drummer Lennie Robinson. Part of Blue Note at 75.

Marlena Shaw

One of the first female vocalists signed by Blue Note Records, Marlena Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots. A former singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, she has the ability to highlight the dramatic possibilities of the simplest lyric, while her sassy, humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing. She performs with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King, and drummer Lennie Robinson. Part of Blue Note at 75.

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