The Swingle Singers (1962-present) was a vocal group formed in Paris, France with Ward Swingle, Anne Germain, Jeanette Baucomont, and Jean Cussac. The group, directed primarily by the eponymous Ward Swingle and accompanied by bass and drums, produced complicated, technically impressive covers of anything from modern classics (The Beatles) to classical music (Tchaikovsky, Beethoven) to opera (Rossini). Their arrangements are often informed by jazz harmonies and stylings. Other influences included Nat King Cole, various smooth singers and pianists.
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Jazz siren Rana Farhan proclaims on her web site:
Roscoe Mitchell (b. August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African American composer, jazz multi-instrumentalist and educator, mostly known for being "a technically superb
Defined one of the most interesting experience of the new Italian jazz-rock wave, the Tribraco was born in Rome in 2004 as an instrumental trio and enlarged in 2007 with the present quartet, formed by Lorenzo Tarducci (guitar, loop machine), Valerio Lucenti (bass), Tommaso Moretti (drums), Dario Cesarini (guitar, loop machine, effects). The creativity of the four tight-rope walkers musicians is expressed in the balance between the structured composition and free improvisation, syncopated and pressing rhythms...
Linda Carlsson aka Miss Li is a Swedish singer. Miss Li's musical style is a mix of jazz, cabaret and blues. Her lyrics are naive and simple and full of life.
In high school she was in a metal band called Nobody and later on also called Livia Gray Miss Li's first record Late Night Heartbroken Blues was recorded and released late 2006 and spawned the singles Oh Boy and High On You.
The sophomore album God Put A Rainbow In The Sky was released just four months later in May 2007, the lead single from the album was the song I'm sorry, he's mine.
Australian avant-garde or experimental band whose music evokes 50s B-grade horror film and deranged circus mayhem, somewhat in the same vein of Mr. Bungle. Darth Vegas is lead by Michael Lira, formally from Vicious Hairy Mary.. Thus far the band has only released one official studio album but still tour locally with a 7-piece-band. Many of the members are currently working on The Tango Saloon on Mike Patton's label. Darth Vegas released "Brainwashing For Dirty Minds" in 2012.
Madeleine Peyroux is a jazz singer who was born in 1974 in Athens, Georgia (USA), and raised in New York City and Paris. She is noted for her vocal style, which is highly reminiscent of Billie Holiday. Madeleine also has qualities similar to Ella Fitzgerald. Like Holiday, Peyroux was marketed as a jazz singer, when what she seems to do best is sing blues music. Though Peyroux may remind some listeners of Holiday, there are differences, and she has her own sense of phrasing and interpretation.
Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949 in Chicago) is an American poet and musician, known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word performer, associated with African American militant activists. Heron is perhaps most well known for his poems/songs "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and "What's the Word - Johannesburg" a movement hit during the 1980's South Africa college and national divestment movement in the United States of America.