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Whisper Low

by Jody Jaress

"...a rich, sultry, slightly jazzy, warm and bluesy delivery with a uniquely personal interpretation." "Jody makes you want to sit back and just listen and enjoy the experience." "Top notch."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Rain or Come Shine
5:29 $0.99
2. Why Try to Change Me Now
2:55 $0.99
3. The Nearness of You
5:31 $0.99
4. Ain't Misbehavin'
3:25 $0.99
5. Embraceable You
4:24 $0.99
6. Blue Moon
3:02 $0.99
7. Golden Earrings
4:59 $0.99
8. Love Me or Leave Me
3:27 $0.99
9. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
5:15 $0.99
10. Candy Store Blues
4:29 $0.99
11. Cries My Heart / Black Coffee
6:32 $0.99
12. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
3:49 $0.99
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Jody Jaress with her soulful jazz and blues renditions, and undeniable charismatic performances, has become a favorite performer around the Los Angeles jazz, blues and cabaret venues.  Praised by JAZZ LA and Cabaret Scenes Magazine as having, "… a rich, sultry, slightly jazzy and warm bluesy delivery with a uniquely personal interpretation." "Jody makes you want to sit back and just listen and enjoy the experience." "Top notch!," staff reviewer Jay Jackson, JAZZLA.

On WHISPER LOW you'll be able to hear the love, respect and fun Jody (vocals), Rick Hils (piano), Gary Bivona (trumpet), Michael Hunter (trumpet), Bill Markus (bass) and Dori Amarilio (producer/engineer) all had while working together. The musician's creative skills, delivered diverse arrangements from Baroque to Soul while Jody's lush voice lures in the listener. Some have called it "bedroom music."

At the Annual International Jazz Day, a global celebration created by the Untied Nations (UNESCO), Herbie Hancock Ambassador, and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Jody was honored and inducted as a Jazz Living Legend by the Duke Ellington Society, JazZabration, and the NAACP, the United States Congress, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, for her years of contribution entertaining and promoting live jazz and blues.

Jody has also been awarded the prestigious USO pin for her dedication and years of service to our armed forces. She spent a rewarding five (5) years traveling across country with the USO entertaining and visiting our servicemen at various military camps, bases and Naval ships.

As a youngster growing up in Michigan, her original desire was to study drama and become an actress "who can sing."  Based in Los Angeles since the 60's, Jody happily juggles her acting and singing careers, and has made hundreds of appearances on stage, film, television, as well as some radio, garnering numerous awards for both her acting and singing dynamics. Robert Koehler, staff reviewer at VARIETY magazine states simply, "Jody Jaress, excellent." 

Jody married, had two children, divorced, and was later dealt a tragedy no parent should have to endure. She found solace in the haunting melodies and heartfelt lyrics found in the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Their music resonated deeply with Jody's bittersweet life experiences and now propelled her to a new level of vocal freedom from the old standards and country music she had been singing. When after singing "Stormy Weather" at a popular Hollywood jazz club, the iconic, award winning blues singer, Linda Hopkins, took Jody's hand and said, "Honey, you sing the blues. You do. It's coming from your heart. I can feel it."  Jody had found her place. "The jazz and blues community has enriched my life with their loving encouragement and support. I only hope I can inspire others to follow their dreams also." - Jody Jaress

Jody has been featured at several Jazz Award shows, honoring some of our great vocalists like, Linda "the kid" Hopkins, and the Legendary "Mr. Flamingo" Herb Jeffries. In 2014, on Valentine's Day, Jody proudly joined other singers and activist/actress Jane Fonda, on the lot of CBS Studios, in JAZZ FOR JUSTICE, a performance and rally to raise awareness of, "One Billion Rising" (an annual global event fighting against violence towards women & children). In the 60's, Jody, a performer at the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel, opened for some of the greatest entertainers of all time: Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, Janet Blair, the Blue Notes and others. In between shows, whenever possible, she would run over to the New Frontier Casino to jam on stage, with the Ink Spots. Nowadays, Jody can frequently be seen performing at many of Los Angeles' popular jazz clubs. Too many to list here, but Jody states she feels very blessed to have worked and become friends with so many eminent musicians.

Jody graciously lends her talents and support to, the National Day of the Children, JAZZ Del Corazon-Music With A Purpose Enterprise (raising funds for jazz/blues musicians/entertainers in dire need of medical care, housing, etc.), Actors and Others for Animals, Where Are The Children, the Angel Food Foundation in Hollywood, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles.  She's an active member of AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild), SOS "Society of Singers and serves on the board of directors to the "International Student Film Festival Hollywood," assisting with the development and promotion of aspiring young filmmakers.  

"The more we smile at one another, the smaller our societal gaps become. My singing is my smile."   - Jody Jaress



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Paul Ybarra

The Veronica Lake of Jazz- This Femme Fatale can Sing too!
Jody Jaress is one of those enigmatic sirens whose sensuous good looks could undermine her musical efforts. Think Veronica Lake with a microphone. That is exactly the kind of sultry, intimate and highly personal sound and style one gets when you see or hear her. She makes the listener feel like she's singing only to you.
Jody Jaress is that sip of champagne that makes you feel all warm and silly, that romantic revery that makes you want to call an old flame and see if the fire still burns. Think Salome with a song. She is that hypnotic and dangerous in a way that you get lost in the secrets she weaves with the songs she knows so well.
Jody Jaress is that femme fatale in your favorite black and white motion picture, the nightclub singer who is a diva and a dame at the same time.
From the opening "Come Rain or Come Shine", this lady is pure jazz and torch. You know it, but mostly, you feel it, because she feels it too. "Love Me or Leave Me", "Candy Store Blues", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"- you pick 'em, she has the guts and the glamor to make these songs sit beside her, buy her a drink and flirt back with her, evident by the incredible band that rocks,rolls, sways and swings. The musicians on these tracks are more than capable and hold command and you'll swoon too..I know I did.
A personal favorite is "Golden Earrings". I've seen the lady spellbind an audience with this song, and I'm delighted to see it recorded and it's just as irresistible and magical as I remember. They just don't make storytellers with a figure and a voice for a song like this anymore.
The voice is experienced but not jaded, hopeful but she's no fool. Jody's phrasing is pure jazz,she saunters and shimmies on the melody, and her sound is like honey and earth, natural and sexy, enchanted and human, all at the same time.
Jody Jaress is what became of Rita Hayworth's legendary "Gilda", if Gilda had a happy ending. Make it your happy ending too and get this CD for yourself, or that old flame..