Keeping Jazz Vocal Traditions Alive

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    The popularity of jazz, like its cousin, blues, rises and falls in terms of exposure and acceptance with the general public, for numerous reasons. However, it has always survived and always will.

    One of the reasons is Detroit’s own Sandra Bomar, who has been pleasing discerning audiences for a substantial number of years. Not just in metro Detroit, however. She has sung everywhere from New York and Philadelphia to Chicago and Toronto.

    Bomar has learned from the best, mentored by such greats as Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan and Yusef Lateef, one of many famed jazz artists from Detroit.

    It seems fitting that Sandra Bomar’s latest album, “Chuva, The Day It Rained,” would be a live set since at no time is she more comfortable than in front of an audience. The album was recorded at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor.

    “Chuva, The Day It Rained” is a smooth, polished, relaxing set. The songs are mostly standards, but Bomar adds her own touch, thus giving a new flavor to gems such as “Love Letters,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

    Bomar is superbly accompanied by Steve Richko (piano), Paul Keller (string bass) and Jesse Kramer (drums). Stann Maffett makes a vocal contribution on one number.

    Jazz lives. So does quality.

    For more information, write to the artist at — SVH


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