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The Great, Late Show with Dakota Staton

She seemed to come out of nowhere. In 1957, suddenly Dakota Staton’s Late, Late Show album was even being played on the pop radio stations, as well as on the jazz stations. But she was clearly a jazz singer out of the Dinah Washington school. She had that natural swing built right into her voice, a wonderful feeling for the blues, and great spontaneous instincts when it came to interacting with her musicians.When I heard she was appearing at the Village Vanguard, I dusted off my fake ID and headed downtown… [ read more ]

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