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Doe Bender | A Story of Love

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A Story of Love

by Doe Bender

Romantic, smooth jazz vocals, delicately supported by piano, acoustic bass, percussion, and a variety of wind instruments. Including the low rich tones of bari sax and bass clarinet. This album is warm and inviting, have a listen.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What a Wonderful World
4:24 $0.99
2. A Foggy Day
4:49 $0.99
3. Corcovado
3:30 $0.99
4. Out of Nowhere
4:41 $0.99
5. Nearness of You
6:02 $0.99
6. All The Things You Are
3:34 $0.99
7. My Funny Valentine
5:51 $0.99
8. Just The Two of Us
5:23 $0.99
9. The Man I Love
4:35 $0.99
10. All Of Me
2:36 $0.99
11. At Last
5:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Doe's Biography

Doe has been singing all her life, but over the last twenty years has pursued music as a serious study and passion. She is a graduate of Vancouver Community College's Music program, and studied voice there under Dr. Jacob Hamm. Later she obtained a Bachelor of Music from Trinity Western University studying voice with Mr. Dale Throness. She has experience in classical, pop, and jazz stylings. Doe has had the privilege of attending Centrum's Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in the beautiful state of Washington, U.S.A. to study with the renowned vocalist Nancy King.

At present Doe is a band teacher, and in addition sings all over the Greater Vancouver area with a variety of different musicians. Recently, she has played with Mr. Rob Goddard, a fabulous pianist. Rob is also the Senior band teacher at the Langley Fine Arts School, in Fort Langley. She has been accompanied by Dave Phyall, a guitarist, and Steve Bagnell, a very supportive horn player, who can play a variety of saxes, and clarinets, including Doe's favorites, was the bass clarinet, and the bari sax. Doe also plays with Matt Bender, a percussionist and percussion teacher, and Mark Bender, "The Man She Loves" who plays acoustic, and electric Bass. Doe has most recently had Bruce Clausen, a world class guitarist and teacher, accompany her.



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Brent Plourde

Doe has updated some of the old favorites and created something new all to thems
Doe Bender updates the Ella Fiztgerald sound but brings it into her Canadian own. The album consists not only of home compositions' but also some old standards as well, with the help of family and friends.
Great take on "What a Wonderful World". Doe sings it close to Armstrong but brings a female role to it and it works. "Corcovado" sees Dave Phyall sounding like Jim Hall, keeping it front, line and centre but not dominating the track --fans of Jim Hall will like this one. "A Foggy Day" is the Fitzgerald reference I was talking about. Doe "Scat-sings" her way through this one and it brings us back to the 40' and 50's period of Ella and it shows that we can learn and bring something from the past and incorporate it into today.
Delving into the R&B catalogue we have Doe's rendition of "Just the Two of Us" best know by Bill Withers. Her band add a "tango" feel to this track and Steve Bagnell adds "Stan Get-ish" style solo that for a second I thought Stan was there that Sunday. Great drum work here and throughout by newcomer and young one Matt Bender.
Overall, Doe Bender, family and friends have updated some onld and have created something new all to themselves. Their version of "My Funny Valentine" is new sounding, not just the same tireless version. There is a vast wealth Canadian jazz telent across the country and Doe Bender who hails from British Columbia has creat an album with help of family and friends that will make the stroll through Stanley Park on that fourth Sunday even more enjoyable.

Gene Banks

The Nearness of you - not pretentious at all ... just very well done.
Song - "The Nearness of You"
Anyway ... there is a famous steel guitar player who has a recording of "The nearness of you" that got us interested in the song . . . so I went on Rhapsody . . . and lo and behold your recording came up!

We both agreed that your version was the most enjoyable of those we listened to . . . it was not pretentious at all . .. just very well done.

So I want to thank you for your talented arrangement of this classic song... I will go to bed tonight listening to your arrangement of "The Nearness of You" instead of Norah Jones', Streisands", or any of the rest.

Gene Banks Athens Tx
Heard on "Rhapsody"