Born: April 16, 1968 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Julie Anne is one of a kind!
You will be entranced by Julie Anne's own personal style that sets her aside from all others. Influenced by the most distinguished jazz vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Julie London and Peggy Lee, Julie Anne pays tribute to them by keeping these classic jazz standards alive.
The quality of her voice, her unique phrasing and interpretations make Julie Anne one of the top jazz performers around.
You may have seen Julie Anne at many Tucson Jazz Society events such as the Diva’s of Jazz or Tribute to Women in Jazz concerts, “Tucson Swings!” dances and concerts, the piano bar at McMahon’s Steak House, Ventana Canyon, Kingfisher, Blue Fin, Westward Look, The Gas Light Theatre, Starr Pass resort, Saddlebrooke, Old Pueblo Grill or any number of other events, conventions or weddings....
As a fan of classic big band jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, I honestly must say that I don’t expect a lot from current artists who attempt to perform the classics. But Julie Anne is someone that is a wonderful surprise. This CD Hey, Daddy! is an excellent rendition of great classic jazz tunes -- great vocals, wonderful instrumentation, and strong band arrangements.
When “Daddy” (Track #1) began, true to the classic big band sound -- none of those synthesized orchestras with jazz wanabes -- I was hooked. Then Julie Anne began singing the Duke Ellington classic “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” (one of my favorites) and, she nailed it too. Then Track #3 began; this was her twist on the Ray Charles song “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”, which now became “Hallelujah, I Love Him So”. This track is my favorite on the CD -- nice tempo, nice feel, and nice change from the other more ‘ballad-like’ tunes on the project. Honestly, I couldn’t find anything critical to say about the vocals.
On another note: I must mention the instrumentation separate from the vocals. The vocals were awesome and the instrumentation was as good if not better than the vocals. Jeff Haskell on the piano was solid throughout the entire CD (since I play piano, I always seem to notice that instrument -- good or bad). But, one performance stood out during Track #7: the soulful trumpet. Martin Patfield, I take my hat off to you. Great use of your mute!
Indie-Music.com has chosen Hey Daddy! as one of the Top 25 Indie Releases of 2007. Here's a link to the article:
CD Review: Hey, Daddy! (Julie Anne's Jazz, LLC)
One of the Baked Apple's newest songbirds releases her own self-produced first album, made with some of Tucson's finest musicians led by musical director, conductor and pianist Jeff Haskell. In the band are Ed Delucia, guitar; Scott Black, bass; Fred Hayes, drums; and a horn section of Greg Armstrong, reeds; Martin Patfield, trumpet/flugelhorn; and Rob Boone, trombone. There is a 13-piece string section, as well.
The song list is just as classy, including the titles Bewitched, Cry Me A River, Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You and my favorite blues tune for gated communities, Guess Who I Saw Today.
Julie Anne sings with an uncanny sense of that old school cool which made jazz the ultimate hipster language of Cold War survivors, back when both sides kept their nuclear weapons of mass destruction at the ready. These days, when the government thinks suspected terrorists are lurking around every airport security checkpoint, it's good to know singers like Julie Anne are ready to serve in the pop culture service of helping keep us alert under fire. Her phrasing and intonation are the equal of any martini.
Open to a new page of your bartender's guide and slip this CD into the mix. In no time at all, you'll be ready for anything.
Your new CD is terrific! All of the songs reflect what makes you unique - all the facets of your personality are on display - starting with how much FUN you are to be with! One might question the bi-polar choice of HEY, DADDY coupled with GEE, BABY AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU - but you're a woman who can command your fella to PEEL ME A GRAPE at the same time as lamenting I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD - and be equally convincing! There's every mood covered here, and the soloists shine, particularly Greg Armstrong and Martin Patfield. The silky strings make the ballads all sound SO rich, and the intriguing arrangements (especially that fading final line in HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON) make this CD a keeper! --Marilyn Harris, Wrightwood Records
Julie Anne has the natural instincts of a jazz singer. Her phrasing, tone control and intonation are straight from the heart of American music. The way she turns a phrase, bends the inflection of a word, pauses here, extends a note there gives every song an intimacy. --Chuck Graham, Tucson Citizen
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