For Jane Stuart, dance in general �� and tap in particular �� gave that rhythmic sensibility that would allow her to take liberties in the music, and always be spot on. That's why she was so drawn to jazz. The music is so unencumbered �� like a blank slate - affording her the freedom she always felt. And the lyrics she sought out served as a catharsis �� a way to work through life's many complexities and difficulties at a young age. For an artist who modeled, acted, sang and danced professionally since age 5, hung out (and played hooky) with classmate friends Bernadette Peters, Greg Hines and Bonnie Bedelia, and portrayed Joan Baez in Richard Farina’s Long Time Comin’ A Long Time Gone alongside co-stars Richard Gere, Vicki Sue Robinson and Jessica Harper, jazz singer might not be what one would expect to see on this list. But since her vast music and arts background exposed her to a wide world of genres, she had such a rich palette from which to draw, and jazz just felt right.
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All About Jazz �� Dan Bilawsky:
Jane Stuart is as complete a jazz singer as they come. With the timing of a tap dancer, the emotive responsiveness of a stage performer, a voice for the ages, and the experience to put it all together into one unified whole. While Stuart provides plenty of room for her soloists to take off, she still remains the star of her own show: delivering solid swing on “I Just Found Out About Love”; showing she crafts tender melodies with the utmost care (”You Are There”) and adds just the right amount of steam to the oft-tackled “Summertime.” With an album like Don't Look Back under her belt, vocalist Jane Stuart can surely look forward to more, well-deserved attention in the future.
All About Jazz-Bruce Lindsay
From the opening bars of I Just Found Out About Love, Jane Stuart takes control of this sophisticated collection of tunes with a voice that oozes style, confidence and emotional strength