Caterina Valente is more a jazz singer than many artists so identified in the U.S. Her conception, phrasing, and timbre are exceptional. -Leonard Feather: The Encyclopedia of Jazz
“A VOCAL SUPERSTAR IN ANY LANGUAGE!” The Los Angeles Times said it, and who are we to argue?
In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of “Istanbul” and “I love Paris”. In 1955 Gordon MacRea presented her on the “Colgate Comedy Hour” as the “Malaguena” Girl. This was followed by the worldwide hit “The Breeze and I”.
Las Vegas critics raved about the extraordinary talent of the young European vocalist who could sing in 12 languages and she soon found the spotlight on TV, at the Hollywood Palace and Dean Martin was so impressed he invited her on his TV show at least a dozen times. Danny Kaye, Perry Como and Bing Crosby often featured her as well, along with other TV hosts. In “The Entertainers” aired in 1964/65 she shared the bill with Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise and Bob Newhart and was awarded the FAME Award as best vocalist on American television.
From the mid fifties to the eighties German, Italian, Swiss and Austrian Television produced more than a dozen series of Valente-Shows and her guest spots over the globe are uncountable.
Among others, she has performed with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, toured extensively in concert with Woody Herman, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Buddy Rich and has recorded with Sy Oliver, Claus Ogerman and Chet Baker just to name a few.