Solitaire Miles... the name has a ring to it, echoing with loneliness and distance... it sounds too good to be true, but look on her birth certificate and you'll see it's the real thing: Solitaire Miles. Listen to her sing and you'll hear the real thing, too. Considering the ancestry of hipness she needed to get a name like that, you won't be surprised to learn that Solitaire comes from a swinging bloodline. Her grandmother Sybil Der Manuel was a big band vocalist in the early 1940's. When Sol, aged three, heard her first Billie Holiday side, she thought she was hearing Grandma. When Sybil played the piano and sang, young Sol would sit underneath next to the foot pedals for hours, drinking in the sounds of the past that would one day become her future.
Solitaire originally planned to be an opera singer, but while attending DePaul University in Chicago, she met the legendary swing violinist Johnny Frigo who encouraged her to sing jazz. When I first head Johnny play I was crazy for him, and followed him around to every gig he had, until he got sick of seeing me in the audience! But he also taught me a lot of tunes and helped me arrange them. During this time she completed her first recording with Frigo and his long time accompanist Joe Vito, The Psychic Cabaret. Johhny and Joe were like Grandfather's to me, and they helped me get a start in Chicago.
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Solitaire has superb phrasing --Willie Pickens, Chicago jazz pianist
Listening to singer Solitaire Miles is like stepping into a time machine and going back to a bygone era of great female jazz singers. With a clear, clean voice and keen sense of phrasing, Miles belongs to another period in time --Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net
There are a lot of female singers singing the old songs these days, but I can't think of another singer who sings the kind of songs Solitaire Miles has chosen for her new CD, 'Born to Be Blue'. Trifles like Make with the Kisses and Me and the Moon are treated like masterpieces by Gershwin or Kern