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Pink Martini's China Forbes Discusses New Songs Created in the Pandemic

Despite a global pandemic and a year of difficult unrest, Pink Martini's China Forbes soldiers on with her band's sharp eye for optimism and a newfound life mission.


Nat King Cole Says to 'Straighten Up and Fly Right'

Straighten Up and Fly Right reveals Nat King Cole's talents as a pianist and bandleader.


Maria McKee Puts Down Her Electric Guitar and Picks up Dante on 'La Vita Nuova'

"Show Me Heaven" was another country. Maria McKee has moved to England, immersed herself in the Classics and turned away from the 21st century.


'Piano Duets' Asserts Ella Fitzgerald's Interpretive Greatness

Though called "The First Lady of Song", Ella Fitzgerald is more lauded for her spectacular vocal sound than for her interpretations of lyrics, but a new reissue should help correct that understanding of her art.


Engelbert Humperdinck Releases His First Music Video Ever with "You" (premiere)

Dedicated to his wife Patricia Healey, English vocalist Engelbert Humperdinck premieres his first-ever official music video in the form of "You".


Chris Stamey Previews Great American Songbook-Inspired Collection with "Insomnia" (premiere + interview)

Chris Stamey's New Songs for the 20th Century stands as a bold new chapter in the North Carolina-based musician's career. It's out 28 June and you can hear the single "Insomnia" now.


Better Late Than Never: An Interview with Johnny Mathis

In 1981, Johnny Mathis cut an album with the Chic Organization. Columbia Records got cold feet and the project was vaulted for nearly four decades. Mathis talks to PopMatters about the missing piece that's finally been made part of his official discography.


Sixty Years After 'Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely'

This latest release of Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely only reaffirms Sinatra's reputation as the most majestic vocalist of his time.

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