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Bass-ically Speaking

by Louise Rogers and Rick Strong

A jazz duo of voice and bass with folk and classical influences.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bass-ically Speaking
3:53 $0.99
2. Angel In The House
4:49 $0.99
3. Twisted
2:17 $0.99
4. Willow Weep For Me
5:51 $0.99
5. Autumn Leaves
3:41 $0.99
6. Peace On Earth
4:57 $0.99
7. Dat Dere
3:09 $0.99
8. Nana
2:21 $0.99
9. I Thought About You
4:36 $0.99
10. Shenandoah
5:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Artwork for this CD was done by Lilia Levin, NYC
Graphics by Joseph Verhauz, NYC

All proceeds from this CD go to the Louise Harwell Rogers Piano Scholarship (my mother) at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.


Sunday, April 26 – Bowery Poetry Club for Kids, 12 noon – 1, $10 cover all ages http://www.bowerypoetry.com

Wednesday, April 22 – Annual “For Those We Love” jazz concert to benefit New York City Alzheimer's Chapter. Concert features Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Monheit, New York Voices and Louise Rogers!
Early Bird Special ends March 15!! Buy your tickets now at www.alznyc.org

January: The Brearly School, Manhattan
February 12 – Clinician with elementary, middle and high school Jazz choirs at Patchogue-Medford School district.
March: California Avenue School, Uniondale, Long Island
April/May: Woods Road Elementary, North Babylon, N.Y. ; Belmont Elementary School, West Babylon, N.Y.; Gribben Elementary, Long Island

March 20 – Belmont Elementary, West Babylon
March 25 – Bayville Elementary, Bayville, N.Y.
March 6 – Shelter Rock Elementary, Manhasset, N.Y.
March 6 – Munsey Park Elementary, Manhassett, N.Y.

Thursday, April 2 - Private Concert for Jewelry Show featuring the music of Cole Porter
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Medical Center Nursery School – ages 2 ½ – 5, Manhattan, N.Y.
Roxbury High School – jazz vocal instructor for high school students, Roxbury, N.J.
Washington Heights Jazz Choir – ages 6 – 12, Manhattan, N.Y.
Spring concert is May 2 at Cornerstone Center 189th Street and Bennett Ave, Manhattan, N.Y. free and open to the public
6:30 pm concert time


Jazzy Fairy Tales
performed by Louise Rogers and Rick Strong
Written by Louise Rogers and Susan Milligan
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
1:00 pm
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002

January 23 – January 30
Rick and Louise are off to Illinois for a week of Performances, workshops and clinics.
We'll be in Normal, Bloomington, Peoria area.

February Events:
Louise will be presenting 2 sessions at NJMEA Feb 20 and 21
Here's what's happening -
Feb 20: The National Standard of Improvisation: Louise Rogers, Lorraine Lynch and members of the Roxbury High School Revelations and Classic Sounds.
Feb 21: Extraordinary People Doing Ordinary Things: Louise Rogers and Dr. Kim McCord
For more info: www.njmea.org

Thanks to everyone for making our Jazzy Fairy Tales CD release at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle NYC a smashing success and so much fun! Love you all!

And check out Bop Boo Day! The youngest of children will learn about the jazz greats through songs, poems and stories.

Louise Rogers and Rick Strong are a voice and bass duo who live in New York City. They can be seen regularly at various clubs in and around the city.

"The idea of a small ensemble had always interested us. We were drawn to and fell in love with the bass and voice concept: the intimacy, the space, and the woody, organic, acoustic sound. The songs on this CD were carefully chosen. We looked for pieces that were interesting, funny, or simply beautiful and that lent themselves to this instrumentation. We hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as we enjoyed recording it."

".. the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz I've heard is the work of jazz singer - educator Louise Rogers"
Nat Hentoff

"Establishes a new relationship between bass and voice...reminiscent of Tuck and Patti...you will long to hear this CD"
Kim Nazarian - New York Voices

"Masterful performance...refreshing to hear...this music is exposed and draws you into it."
Jerry Bergonzi - Internationally recognized jazz saxophonist and teacher

"Achieves a beautiful mood with the voice and bass."
Luciana Souza - Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist

"A wonderful innocence and a pure, unaffected quality."
Les Hooper - Arranger and composer

"Louise Rogers...great chops and a warm, witty approach to song..." Andrew Rowan - All About Jazz, New York

"Louise possesses a voice of subtlety and strength. Rick has a beautiful rich tone on both upright and electric basses. My favorite moments come when Louise and Rick are doubling each other on swinging chromatic phrases, making them sound like one instrument instead of two, completely locked in to what the other is doing."
Peter Eldridge - member of the Grammy award winning vocal group New York Voices.

"Louise has a voice that will reach right out and touch your heart - and won't let go ... smooth, yet full of verve and life! ... highly recommended!"
Improvijazzation Nation issue #71

"the musical symbiosis between Louise & Rick are such that their musical collaborative idea works beautifully."
George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman
- ejazznews

"Fluid singing and playing mark out this duo set by husband and wife team, Louise Rogers and Rick Strong ...they blend with seamless authority in this attractive selection of songs. " Bruce Crowther The Encyclopedia of Popular Music www.swing2bop.com/reviews2.html



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George W. Carroll

... combining an emotional yet tasteful delivery .. their musical collaborative
This is a different CD concept, ( vocal with bass backing).....Done quite well by jazz singer Louise Rogers, & jazz Bassist Rick Strong.............(Emphasis on ''strong''). This brings me back to a reel to reel project I created..........(voice & bass), which I did as well with bass phenom Phil Morrison some forty+ years ago. You are ''out there'' as it were! Everything is bared!! Mistakes are not an option. However, the musical symbiosis between Louise & Rick are such that their musical collaborative idea works beautifully. Their interplay is diverse, implied, & versatile......Combining an emotional yet tasteful delivery.........As well as the solid, rhythmic, quality of viable bebop.

Scott Wilson

bassically speaking
This is a wonderful album. I love every cut! Louise Rodgers is a fine jazz singer and a gifted scat improviser, with a warm, seductive, lyrical style that will make you smile. Husband bassist is equally fine on both acoustic and electric. These two are the real deal. Buy this album now. You will not be disappointed. --Scott Wilson

Joey Pernice!

Louise sings with a beautiful voice and never gives up when learning something! She has been singing for children and adults for over 15 years and really has alot of talent!

Andrew Rowan

Louise Rogers, a singer with great chops and a warm, witty approach to song.
Louise Rogers, a singer with great chops and a warm, witty approach to song, owes a debt, whether consciously or not, to the legendary Sheila Jordan. The latter's approach to improvising (note, among other signs, Rogers' scatting on the title track), as well as the voice/bass format, is evident. But Rogers uses these as a jumping-off point to create her own concept. In Rogers' and Rick Strong's hands the voice/bass format works; they combine seamlessly.

Bruce Crowther

"Fluid singing and playing ... they blend with seamless authority in this attrac
Fluid singing and playing mark out this duo set by husband and wife team, Louise Rogers and Rick Strong. She sings, he plays bass and they blend with seamless authority in this attractive selection of songs. Both Louise and Rick bring vast experience to their performances and a clear love for their work, is evident in the enjoyment they transmit to the listener. Both are active in education and it is good to know that the next generation is learning from musicians of this caliber.

Ed Friedland: Bass Player Magazine August 2005

... their individual strengths combine to create a unique chemistry.
The bass and voice duo is one of the most daunting configurations, leaving both performers totally exposed. Perhaps the fact that Rogers and Strong are married helps here, but their individual strengths combine to create a unique chemistry. Strong plays acoustic upright and Fodera 6 string in solid support of the vocals, but stands alone as a soloist with great time, tone and ideas. His chordal work on the 6 utilizes the instrument's full range and is perfect accompaniment for Rogers' pristine vocals. Strong's upright sounds natural and woody and he swings hard. The pair have arranged the music to keep it interesting throughout the 10 tracks with tricky unison lines, overdubbed vocal textures, and solos.

Sérgio Mattoso - Brazil

I must confess that I bought the CD primarily because of the bass player. After hearing it I fell in love for the singer too . Louise Rogers caught my attention in each and every song by showing amazing interpretations for so many different songs. Her soft voice sounds sweet “Angel in the House”, “Peace on Earth” and “Shenandoah”, jazzy “Autums Leaves” and “I Thought About You”, lyrical “Willow Weep For Me” and “Nana” and funny “Twisted” and “Dat Here”. Louise is a great improviser and she follows the bass lines with a high degree of fluency too. On the other hand, Rick Strong bass playing is certainly great on both acoustic and specially on the eletric 6 strings, where he particularly sounds like guitar player creating inspired harmonies. This unusual format will be surely appreciated by bassists and singers for this magical combination of talents.

O's Place Jazz Newsletter

This is pure sweet jazzy entertainment! Both musicians are radiant!
This is pure sweet jazzy entertainment! The music is a series of duets with bassist/guitarist Rick Strong and the vocals from Louise Rogers. "Dat Dere", "Twisted" and "I Thought About You" are among the best of a strong lot. Listen to the scatting, the walking bass and the sweet combinations and you will appreciate this duo. They perform a mixture a cool ballads and classics that exude a tremendous amount of confidence. There is nowhere to hide and with this level of talent, we welcome both musicians into the spotlight where they are radiant!

Jonoma Sronig

Tuck and Patti meet Ray Brown and Ella
Soulful, polished, hip and eminently listenable. Rogers is at her peak, and Strong's performance reminds us, as Stan Clarke once did, that in the right hands, the bass can be can a lead instrument as well as accompaniment - this is his most melodic recording yet. Excellent addition to your collection - if you can catch them at Kavehaz or Borders, you might get your copy signed - but you should do it quick before they're discovered and you can't get near them.