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Banu Gibson

During an era when most female singers who interpret music from the 1920s come across as dated "red hot mamas," camp, or satirical, Banu Gibson practically stands alone. She performs music from the 1920s and '30s creatively, but within the boundaries of the idiom, giving fresh life and excitement to forgotten tunes and swinging hard with her New Orleans Hot Jazz Orchestra. Growing up in Hollywood, FL, Gibson was trained as a dancer although she studied voice as a child with an opera singer. She gained early experience playing in a Miami club opposite Phil Napoleon (1967-1968), toured with Your Father's Mustache (1969-1972), and appearing at Disneyland in the Class of '27 (1972-78). She moved to New Orleans in 1973, commuting to Los Angeles and working in New Orleans doing choreography and directing. Gibson learned how to play rhythm banjo and on April 1, 1981, put together her six-piece band, which improved steadily throughout the 1980s and became a popular attraction at traditional jazz festivals. Although Banu Gibson has recorded for World, Jazzology, and Stomp Off, her most rewarding recordings are for her own Swing Out label and those rank with the top classic jazz of the era. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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donduck
Smooth delightful voice , The band is wonderful , Love to see James Taylor do a duet with her.
From Mike's wife........ I love this girl. What a great, clear voice. I listen to her all day while I paint. She's an inspiration and she lives in my home town. NOLA.
chgothomy
Thank you, Pandora, for introducing me to this and so many other artists that should be known by more people.
Banu can sing to me the rest of my life and I hope both hers and mine are long! She is a delightful musician with great taste and style.
Banu makes music fun. Her bio suggests a multi-talent e d performaer. I liked this number I'll Be Hard to Handle.
What?? I like "Needle in the Haystack". I have no idea why Zach is so down on Banu. She's much better than those overproduced chanteuses of today. (Granted, I've only ever heard "Needle" so... :P)
Definately like Peggy Lee's version better than this one....
I don't think longfade1 gets it.
The mix and sonic quality alone (to say nothing of the sloppy execution) are a dead giveaway that this is simply a half-baked effort at capturing the style of a bygone era. I guess I just see this as cheap schtick. Just my opinion..... . b u t this is definitely on my 'do not play' list.

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