I recently heard a low-key but very enjoyable CD called A BIT OF JAZZ AND MORE... by jazz singer Margie Baker and pianist (and multi-instrumentalist) Shota Osabe, a San Francisco-based jazz duo who have performed together for 40 years (but just now got around to recording an album together).
These two have been around and have some impressive credits. During her career, Baker has performed on-stage singing with accompaniment by Dizzy Gillespie and his band, Erroll Garner, Red Holloway, John Handy, Ritchie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, Bobby Shew, John Heard, Bill Berry, Tee Carson, George Bohanon, Keeter Betts, Peter Washington, Jackie King, Bruce Forman, Mark Naflin, Rodney Jones, Larry Grenadier and Scott Steed. Osabe has recorded with Ray Brown, Harold Jones and James Hughart, and has performed on-stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, Sonny Stitt and Patti Page.
They cover some jazz instrumentals and jazz-pop vocal tunes such as “At Last,” “I Got a Name” and “Georgia On My Mind.”
This is exactly the type of music you would love to hear if you walked into a small, dark, retro, jazz club in Anywhere U.S.A. This is music to sip martinis by. Definitely worth checking out.