She absorbed the music of bandleaders Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and she admired Martha Tilton, who sang for the Benny Goodman orchestra.
Who were the parents of Blossom Dearie?
Her father came from a Scotch-Irish background and worked as a bartender; her mother had emigrated from Oslo, Sweden, as a small girl.
Who encouraged Blossom Dearie to go to Paris?
In 1952 she met one of the owners of Barclay Records, Nicole Barclay; she encouraged Dearie to travel to Paris and to take advantage of the strong interest in American jazz there.
What group did Blossom Dearie sing with in Paris?
In Paris, she joined the Blue Stars, an eight-member vocal group that consisted of four males and four females.
Who did Blossom Dearie live with in New York?
In New York Dearie moved into an apartment with several other girls and started singing with various bands
Where did Blossom Dearie hang out with the jazz greats in New York?
She became a regular at Gil Evans's Manhattan apartment, where she met the cream of New York's jazz crop: Charlie Parker, Woody Herman, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerry Mulligan.
When was Blossom Dearie trained in classical compositions?
At ten, while living with her stepbrother in Washington, D.C., she received instruction in the classical compositions of Bach and Chopin.
When did Blossom Dearie meet Miles Davis?
She occasionally appeared on the Tonight Show with host Jack Paar and befriended Miles Davis while working at the Village Vanguard.
When did Blossom Dearie return to the United States?
When Dearie returned to the United States in 1956, she decided to continue her career as a solo artist
Who are fans of Blossom Dearie?
Although her endearing traits have never made her rich and famous, they have nevertheless spawned a small coterie of dedicated fans that includes Marlon Brando, Raymond Burr, John Lennon and Vanessa Redgrave.
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