Amanda King | Chanteuse

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by Amanda King

Straight-ahead jazz singing with the best of swing.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Slap That Bass
3:26 $0.99
2. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
4:20 $0.99
3. Black Moonlight
6:41 $0.99
4. I'm One of God's Children
3:56 $0.99
5. Makin' Whoopee
5:14 $0.99
6. Night and Day
2:57 $0.99
7. Love For Sale
4:43 $0.99
8. Lazy Afternoon
5:41 $0.99
9. Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do
3:39 $0.99
10. What Is This Thing Called Love/One Note Samba
6:24 $0.99
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Amanda King – “Chanteuse” – Grand Boy Records

Based on her brilliant January 2008 Empire Plush Room show, Chanteuse features songs of the 1930s and 40s that seem to have been written with Amanda\'s voice in mind. With a smoothness of voice and surety of style, it’s hard to believe Amanda King has only been singing professionally since fall 2007. She comes from a solid theater background, but her historied ties to classical, Broadway and jazz music are in good evidence on this, her first CD. Able to meld all of these genres together with the exceptional genius of her musical trio - Shota Osabe on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass, Micha Nur Patri on drums - Chanteuse is an album that swings brilliantly from beginning to end.

Working with her trio and producer, this CD came into being over several sessions at the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley CA. Her trio played masterfully, especially Shota who performed his magic on Bill Evans’ personal Yamaha C9, an deeply sonorous instrument. Voice, piano, bass and drums all perform as one, so evident as you experience their magic. Listeners have singled out a few of the tunes as being particlarly masterful, especially the classic Cole Porter tune \"Love for Sale\". \"Slap That Bass\" is the Ella tune that starts the CD and it is serious swing from start to finish. \"Lazy Afternoon\" takes the listener to a seductive place of quiet and warmth and wll prove to be a \"must play\" for anyone in love. And \"Black Moonlight\" is simply fabulous. Most of the tunes are unknown to even the best jazz connoisseur of the times, so listening is a special treat for those who love this era\'s music.

Her march toward becoming the hottest new singer on the block in San Francisco began with the 2003 Bay Area Cabaret Competition. She entered the contest on a lark, but her talent took her to the finals losing only by two votes! Encouraged by this good start, she began singing in various showcases throughout San Francisco. She developed a devoted following that quickly grew with her acclaimed one-woman show \"It\'s About Damn Time!\" which ran in the fall of 2007 at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

“This singer was a suberb (sic) performer. I expected a louder, brassier voice, and I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. Her choice of material was delightful, and her delivery was pitch-perfect. I was SO glad I had taken a chance on this unknown (to me) singer.” p.g. cabaret appreciator

With the success of that show, Amanda began to take her singing more seriously and handed a last minute opportunity to perform at an historic cabaret house, she mounted a show that was to become the basis of her first CD. Her show “Chanteuse” at the famous Empire Plush Room in January 2008 met with great acclaim, and since that performance her voice, her following, and her confidence have grown enormously.

“King at the Empire Plush Room was in her perfect element. The singer is a true throwback to the golden days of nightclubs…The audience was watching a more seasoned performer on the Plush Room stage. King has found new confidence and her voice has taken on many new horizons…and the thrilling “Black Moonlight” was so masterful that I never wanted it to end. The arrangement had enough power to send a rocket to the moon.” Lee Hartgrave,

She’s appeared at clubs around San Francisco and the greater Bay Area with infectious enthusiasm. Most recently Amanda was featured as the lead in Duke Ellington’s rarely performed jazz opera (his only one!) “Queenie Pie”, produced by the Oakland Opera Theatre. Her performance combined her theatrical and musical smarts, and she garnered wonderful reviews.

“Amanda King performs Queenie in a blond wig, exuding lots of stage presence and powerful vocal skills. In the middle of her range she sounds a bit like Ella. She also has a light, full high voice which she uses in her shipboard lament about missing New York, and a low, low voice set way deep in the chest and solid gold in placement. My only complaint was that most of the songs she sang were very short, almost conversational in tone. I longed to hear her sing on, to tell us the story, verse and refrain.” Jaime Robles, Berkeley Daily Planet

Amanda hopes you will enjoy listening to “Chanteuse” with the same pleasure she had in making it. Do tell your friends!



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