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by Esther Haynes

Jazz music in its most elegant simplicity. The album features intimate vocals, jazz guitar, and acoustic bass in a blend of standards, swing, and bossas.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All My Life
2:46 $0.99
2. Lover Come Back
2:45 $0.99
3. Dindi
3:41 $0.99
4. I'm an Old Cowhand
2:36 $0.99
5. The Nearness of You
3:12 $0.99
6. Just You, Just Me
2:16 $0.99
7. Willow Weep for Me
4:02 $0.99
8. Blue Moon
2:49 $0.99
9. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
4:02 $0.99
10. I Hear Music
1:56 $0.99
11. Embraceable You
4:22 $0.99
12. Like Someone in Love
3:16 $0.99
13. Gentle Rain
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Album Notes
On February 19, 2011, Esther received a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for Jazz Vocals by the Washington Area Music Association! This is her 11th WAMMIE award.

On February 20th, 2011, Esther was awarded a WAMMIE for Jazz Vocals 2010 by the Washington Area Music Association! For a list of nominees and winners, visit

Esther received a Wammie nomination for Jazz Vocals, 2010. She has been awarded 9 Wammies for Big Band/Swing and Jazz Vocals since 2003.

Esther is currently working with the talented 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.

February 28th, 2010, Esther received her 9th Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for Jazz Vocals (2009).
Esther had the opportunity to perform with Mark Wenner's Akousti-Kats in January of 2010. (Mark Wenner founded the Nighthawks, a DC-based touring blues band)

Older News:
o February 2009, Esther received 2 Wammies for Big Band/Swing Vocals and Jazz Vocals 2008.
o December, 2007, Esther received two Wammie nominations for Jazz Vocalist and Big Band Vocalist.
o October 2007, Esther was included in the 2007 "Who's Who in Jazz" Publication. Visit
o February 18, 2007, Esther received her 6th Wammie(Washington Area Music Award), for Big Band/Swing Vocals (2006).
o February 2006, Esther received two Wammies for Big Band Vocals and Jazz Vocals(2005), bringing her to a total of 5 WAMMIES to date.

Esther Haynes has been working as a vocalist and guitarist around Washington, DC since around 1998. Since that time, she has worked with Hokum Jazz, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra (Yazzoo-Jazz Vocal Trio and Quintessence Vocal Quintet), Martini Red and a number duos and trios. She has worked with jazz guitarists Justin Lees, Phil Mathieu, and Rusty Bogart among others. Since 1998 she has received 5 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) nominations for Jazz Vocals/traditional jazz, 3 for Big Band Vocals, 1 for Debut Recording (2001), and 1 for Traditional Jazz Duo/Group (Hokum Jazz). She won a WAMMIE for Big Band Vocalist (2003) and in February of 2005, Esther received two WAMMIES, 1 for Big Band Vocalist and 1 for Jazz Vocalist (2004).

In addition to her two CD projects (2001, 2004), she has been included on 3 Hungry for Music recordings, one bluegrass recording by fiddler Tad Marks, and a recording of southern American traditional music by Eddie McGee in 1998. These recordings received attention by local and online press.

Highlights of her performing career include the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival and Baltimore Blues Festivals with Hokum Jazz, and opening for Rounder Recording Artist Madeleine Peyroux at the Iota in Arlington, VA.

Her style is influenced by her Virginia roots, as well as her love of vintage jazz and swing vocalists of the 1920's and 1930's. Her first recording pays tribute to these vocalists; the second features jazz vocals accompanied by jazz guitar and acoustic bass.

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A Masterpiece
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Ein Meisterwerk
Diese neue CD ist eine Darbietung von starker Ausdruckskraft, bei der Esther Haynes im Stande ist, die Stimmung und Bedeutung dieser uns sehr vertrauten Songs mit einer geringen Veränderung der Stimmlage oder des Taktes zu verschieben, wobei ihre Phrasierung sich mit jedem der großen Jazz-Instrumentalisten messen kann. Ihre subtilen Variationen der Melodie von "Embraceable You" vermitteln den Eindruck, als ob noch komplexere, unausgesprochene Songtexte über den ausgesprochenen Worten schweben würden. Die Melodien präsentieren Soli von Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster und Barney Kessel. Überall sind Highlights ihrer gemeinsamen Kreativität zu finden, und "Blue Moon" ist ein Meisterwerk der Spätphase des Swing.

Jay Kavanaugh

Second to none. I've listened to Esther next to Norah Jones and Madeliene Peyro
I've been a musician a long time and the first time I heard Esther I knew she was very special. This CD has become my all time favorite. The nuanced performance of Esther along with the lyrical guitar of Justin is absolutely addictive. I wanted to make sure I wasn't deluding myself so I've listened to both of her CDs in random rotation with the likes of Norah Jones and Madeliene Peyroux and Esther wins hands down. Definitely a talent deserving of much, much, much wider recognition. Buy this CD and listen to it undisturbed. Once you're inside it you will know what I mean. This is one of those rare records that gets better every time you hear it.

Zul Bannatt

Listen to Esther!
While other young singers try to sound older, Ms. Haynes sings her songs with a fresh sound. I've listened to her album countless times and she just sounds better each time. The backup band is topnotch and grooves along effortlessly, enhancing Ms. Haynes' delivery of the songs. This lady deserves to be among the best of them!

Ctmoura, from Brazil

She's great!
We must believe in spring- sorry!- in Esther. A delicate, cool, outstanding singer. There are few jazz singers with her style nowadays. She sings with no effort, light, sweet. Too bad there is not a piano, but I loved her cd. Do you like Stacey Kent, Doris Day, Anita O'Day, Joanie Sommers, Beverly Kenney? Buy it, highly recommendation!

Joe Osborne

Incredible chord voicing and phrasing. There is a certain chime quality to the guitar which seems to carry her voice. The rhythmic guitar accompaniment more than makes up for lack of drums, even creating the feel of a ride cymbal playing a swing beat on Blue Moon. And finally her vocal early jazz influences really shine on this album.
Ella would be proud!!

Nate Holsey

What a voice, words seems to just float from her mouth. What a treasure, she is the best.


Stunning voice and great performance!
I've been blown away every time I've seen Esther and Phil!
But if you haven't seen them, this CD is the next best thing.
Buy it and you won't be sorry!


buy this CD and go see her live.
I saw her perform live recently with Phil Mathieu on guitar and was completely blown away. We have been wearing out her CDs ever since. Her voice calls to mind Billie Holiday and several other great jazz singers. She is a local treasure and I am delighted to have made acquaintance with her and her music.

Seth Kibel

Great tunes, tasty arrangements, subtle performances!
What a fun album to listen to! The song selections are wonderful, and suit Esther's voice to a T. And the tasty arrangements allow the songs to shine without being overpowered.