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Esther Haynes

by Esther Haynes

This album pays tribute to early blues, swing, and ragtime vocalists of the 20's and 30's; instrumentation includes fiddle, clarinet, slide guitar, banjo, cornet, and mandolin, among others.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Honeysuckle Rose
3:41 $0.99
2. Up the Country Blues
4:05 $0.99
3. Trouble in Mind
3:04 $0.99
4. Stars Fell On Alabama
4:03 $0.99
5. Lady Be Good
2:42 $0.99
6. Why Don't You Do Right?
3:03 $0.99
7. What's the Matter with the Mill?
2:56 $0.99
8. After You've Gone
2:58 $0.99
9. Billie's Blues
2:49 $0.99
10. Black Eye Blues
4:11 $0.99
11. Darktown Strutter's Ball
2:53 $0.99
12. Mama's Gone, Goodbye
3:17 $0.99
13. St. Louis Blues
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Esther was awarded her 10th WAMMIE for Jazz Vocalist 2010 by the Washington Area Music Association on February 20th, 2010! Visit to view all nominees and winners.

Esther received a Wammie Nomination for Jazz Vocals, 2010. She has received 9 Wammie Awards for Big Band/Swing and Jazz Vocals since 2003.

A native of Virginia, Esther grew up hearing the sounds of bluegrass music. She learned finger-style folk guitar from her sixth grade teacher and started studying bluegrass banjo at age 15, which she continued playing seriously until age 21. During her college years at Virginia Tech, she attended jam sessions and fiddler's conventions in southwestern Virginia, where there is a strong traditional music culture. She played in a folk guitar/voice duo with at coffeehouses, crafts fairs and outdoor events, and had her first paying gig with a bluegrass band in Beaufort, S.C. She also took a group voice class where her professor invited her to take private lessons, and informed her that "music was her element."

On one drive to college with her brother, she heard a tape of Billie Holiday singing "Violets for Her Furs", which made a distinct impression on her. At age 26 she decided to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied professional music and voice. She met some great musicians there, including Flying Fish artists Hiro Arita, Howie Tarnower, Matt Glaser, Eric Levinson, and Ruthie Dornfeld, who played in Boston City Limits, a bluegrass and swing band. When their singer Chris Jones left for Nashville, Esther was invited to join them as vocalist and rhythm guitarist. While in Boston she also worked with ragtime blues guitarist Larry Unger, playing swing dances and benefits in the area, and was invited to perform on a cable television program, "The Routes of American Music."

Other experiences include two years performing in Tel Aviv, recording in New York and Vermont with John Dirac (of the Either Orchestra), and working in the D.C. area with Swing Season, The Resonators, and Justin Lees. She sang the title track on Eddie McGee's CD entitled "Who Will Sing for Me?" which placed 9th on Durham's radio rating in April of 1999, and was selected to perform as local talent in the Chesapeake Bay Blues festival in May of 2000 and 2001. Currently she performs in a jazz duo with guitarist Phil Mathieu (of Ruthie and the Wranglers) and with Hokum Jazz, a hot jazz and swing group that includes members of the Resonators, J.C. Veve and Nevada Newman. She was twice nominated for a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) in the area of Traditional Jazz Vocals.

In 2001, Esther produced her first CD featuring songs of vocalists from the 20's and 30's such as Alberta Hunter, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Lil Green, Bessie Smith and others. The CD was nominated for a WAMMIE in 2001.

Esther has been awarded 6 WAMMIES, (Washington Area Music Awards), 4 for Big Band/Swing vocals, and 2 for Jazz vocals, since 2003.

She is currently working with guitarist Keith Grimes, who recorded on Eva Cassidy's albums! Currently a 3rd CD with Keith Grimes is in progress, but donations are needed for its completion. Write to if you would like to help in this effort.



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Schönes Album
Diese Platte muß man einfach haben.Hier ist alles drin, was man so braucht:Zigeuner-Swing,Bluegrass,Cool-Vocal-Jazz,Blues usw. Einfach klasse und selten schön.


She should release a 78" version of this cd,
Esther Haynes has a great voice for this style of music. I also loved the band. If you like older style blues and jazz [Sippie Wallace, etc.} you'll love this cd.

CD Baby

Are you finding this new Millennium hype to be a real crock? All this high-tech living not all it's cracked up to be? Take a trip back to the 20's and 30's with this perfect vintage jazz, blues, swing, and ragtime vocals album with instrumentation including fiddle, clarinet, slide guitar, banjo, cornet, and mandolin. Take a cool sip of your favorite songs like "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Why Don't You Do Right?" for those modern day blues and tell Bill Gates to "shove it" for the next hour or so.

Carlos Torres Moura

The world of jazz vocal is always full of surprises. We can't find great singers only on the mainstream universe. Esther Haynes became from the best jazz&blues tradition, with remembrances of Billie Holiday(with her tender timbre) and Alberta Hunter (when she choices some blues themes). I think this is one of the best hidden jazz vocal cd of the last years and I recommend it to people who likes the great new generation of female singers such as Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Felicia Carter, Rebecca Kilgore etc.

George Montgomery

A wonderful CD. It's All Good!
Awesome! A must have for fans of this period of vocal music but anyone would enjoy this CD. Thanks Esther! Great voice, great band and great CD sound.

Catherine Chapman

Terrific CD!
It's not just Esther's clear, true, sultry voice; it's not just the great backup musicians, it's not just the excellent productions values, it's not just the terrific selection of songs -- it's the whole thing put together. You'll listen to it over and over again.

Dave Martin

Real good-natured music
Lots of real good-natured Swing, Bluegrass,Early Blues and a little bit Ragtime.Wonderful.

Your Voice is like the fountain of youth!
Esther your voice is like the fountain of youth!

Thanks for coming out to The Shenandoah Valley and playing at The Art Group. The sound and style of your voice makes people feel young. I am looking to book some gigs for you soon...

Mark Barreres

Larry & Louise Cecconi

great voice great sound
What a breath of fresh air Esther is. We have played it over and over. We cant wait till the next CD.

Sean Cooper

Esther Haynes- Wonderful, unique voice!
Love this CD. MS. Haynes has a wonderful voice; very fluid and clear. Nice selection of songs make a well-rounded album. Great!
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