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by Datri Bean

Southern-fried vintage folk-jazz - quirky, original, literary tunes with languid vocals and rich arrangements.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Small Things
4:02 $0.99
2. Sweet
3:29 $0.99
3. Foolish
2:26 $0.99
4. Mustard Greens
5:03 $0.99
5. Simple
2:29 $0.99
6. August Song
3:50 $0.99
7. Green Onions
3:23 $0.99
8. My Neighbor Willie
3:14 $0.99
9. First Day of Rain
4:26 $0.99
10. Ruby
5:58 $0.99
11. Mockingbird
3:25 $0.99
12. Milky Way
2:29 $0.99
13. Come Into This Room
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Datri Bean plays quirky, original songs that feel like they are old songs. She calls her style Southern-Fried vintage folk-jazz: luscious vocals from the jazz age, and delicate songs of joy and vulnerability. Datri sings and plays piano, ukulele and accordion.

Datri Bean grew up in a small town in windswept Wyoming. The day her neighbors moved, they gave Datri’s mother their upright piano. Datri was five years old, and her life was forever changed by this event. Fourteen years later, Datri stumbled into the home of an 80 year old piano teacher from Brooklyn. After an abrupt interview and audition, in which Datri nervously fumbled through the piece, Datri was accepted as a student. This piano teacher would become one of Datri’s closest friends and would be called “Ruby,” in the title track to Datri’s recent album. Comprised of thirteen originals: these are thoughtful, vulnerable, complicated, intimate songs. In these songs, there is the unmistakeable flavor of pre-war jazz, but also klezmer, folk, pop– a quirky, modern reinvention that is a distant cousin of the work of Hoagy Carmichael and Billie Holiday, but also of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, and Andrew Bird.

When she is not recording or touring, she is leading her other project: the Minor Mishap Marching Band– a 25 piece renegade brass band, Bourbon Street meets Budapest, washboard-tuba-trombone-punk: fun, loud and in the streets. Additionally, Datri plays piano and ukulele and sings background vocals with Megan Mullally (Children’s Hospital, Will and Grace) and Stephanie Hunt’s (Friday Night Lights) band “Nancy and Beth.” She also plays piano with Nick Offerman’s (Parks and Recreation). She toured China as a vocalist with the Tapestry Dance Company, and she is the musical director for Tapestry’s 2012 show, “April Fools.”

Currently, Datri lives in a tiny shack among a forest of pecan trees, with a huge garden out back, in Austin, Texas.

“languid melodies and sultry vocal lines… Bean’s vocals recall Billie Holiday, only with sheer joy replacing all that pain.”

– Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A true original” –Performing Songwriter

“delightful anomaly”–SeattleTimes

“Bean describes her music as “Southern-fried vintage jazz,” and with its languid melodies and sultry vocal lines, it does sound as if it could have floated off a Georgia porch and landed by accident in rainy, cold Seattle. Bean’s vocals recall Billie Holiday, only with s h e e r j o y replacing all that pain.” –Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Bean’s ability to fuse jazz piano, horns and folk music and her incredibly talented band should not be underestimated, but it is her “sepia toned vocals” that move her work beyond simply an enjoyable experiment in making the old new again and classify her as both a talent and a visionary.” –The Eugene Weekly

“ …especially beguiling” –The Stranger

“a deliberate, dreamy journey into bluesy happiness.” –The Source Weekly

“(Bean has a)seemingly innate ability to charm a packed house i n t o q u i e t u d e with infectious tunes about sweet tea and tamales.” –About.com/Folk

“Datri Bean creates a sound that makes me imagine a sunny, country afternoon sipping mint julips on an old screened porch, the air moving ever so slightly under the ceiling fan. It’s a nice place to be. If Billie Holiday were alive today, she would want Datri Bean writing her material.” –Vigilance Magazine



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