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Jazz April Birthday #28: Blossom Dearie 1924-2009 | April 28, 2013

Blossom Dearie credit:   ITV / Rex Features

Blossom Dearie
credit: ITV / Rex Features

Blossom Dearie (her real name) had a something like a cult following in Paris, London and New York, and was known as a musician’s musician.  With a unique voice and equally unique piano style, she charmed audiences worldwide.

In the 1950s and 1960s she performed at jazz clubs, supper clubs and cabarets in Manhattan, on television on NBC’s Today show with David Garroway, and the Tonight Show with Jack Paar.  Her close friendships with songwriters Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg resulted in her definitive performances of witty songs like “I’m Hip,” “Peel Me a Grape,” and “Quality Time.”  In the 1980s she sang some memorable “Schoolhouse Rock” segments.

Blossom Dearie was the first recipient of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Award in 1983.

“I’m definitely a jazz musician, learning to be a jazz singer.”  –Blossom Dearie

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