Blossom Dearie’s cool touch at the piano and her distinctive “little girl” voice has brought her international acclaim for more than fifty years. She is as much at home with traditional Berlin, Porter or Rodgers and Hart as she is with jazz, bebop or swing, executing engaging renditions colored with an irrepressible sense of whimsy.
While still in her twenties, following early stints as a “girl singer” with Woody Herman’s Orchestra and the Alvino Rey Band, she moved to Paris. There, she hit it big with her musical group, The Blue Stars, and their French-language rendition of “Lullaby of Birdland.”
Her return to the U.S. in the late ‘fifties had fans flocking to her engagements at the Versailles, the Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard. On television, she was a welcome guest on Dave Garroway’s Today show, Jack Paar’s Tonight show, and the Johnny Carson show. Verve and Capitol Records, Fontana Records in the U.K., and later her own company, Daffodil Records, have released dozens of Blossom Dearie albums featuring her fresh interpretations of well-known standards.
In recognition of her contributions to the world of cabaret, in 1983, Blossom Dearie was the first recipient of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Award. To this day, she has never ceased charming and entertaining cabaret goers, in recent years filling Danny’s Skylight Room week after week.
Category: Hall of Fame