Dorothy Doring is a Minnesota-based vocalist with a unique sense for musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience. Dorothy's new release, "Southern Exposure" (Quarter Note Records), was recorded in New Orleans with producer/pianist David Torkanowsky and a crew of world-renowned Crescent City musicians. Surrounded by the sounds and flavors of her second musical "home," Dorothy Doring is clearly inspired by the city down the Mississippi River. "Southern Exposure" is a collection infused with the tasteful care of exquisite musicianship and the nuance and depth of a singer long-immersed in the art of the jazz standard.
While visiting New Orleans in 2004, Dorothy had the opportunity to sit in with David Torkanowsky at a live performance. This chance musical encounter resulted in a collaboration that would match Dorothy with outstanding musicians who have played throughout the world with Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby McFerrin, the Marsalis family and many others. Any credits are incomplete without listing New Orleans - from French Quarter revelry to a lazy, humid stroll, the city's beats can be heard on "Southern Exposure." Since she began working on the CD in 2004, Dorothy has spent most of her summers and vacation time as a "visiting resident" of the French Quarter.
Not long after the recording and mastering of "Southern Exposure," Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf Coast states, including New Orleans. Like so many others, Dorothy restlessly awaited word of the well-being of the many friends she has made in New Orleans. The loss and suffering caused by Katrina has been emotionally difficult for everyone touched by it. Thankfully, the wonderful musicians on this CD all came through with their health in tact. They are now dispersed throughout the country. "Southern Exposure" is dedicated to the city of New Orleans, its history, its music and its people.
On "Southern Exposure," Dorothy Doring and her accompanists cover a wide range of musical terrain, while forging a cohesive stylistic approach reverential of the song itself. On "Besame Mucho," Dorothy's emotional Spanish and English vocals are held in the arms of a sparse, smoldering, arrangement. On other tracks, the ensemble burns - check out the guitar solo by Blue Note artist Steve Masakowski on "I Love Paris" and the syncopated piano chops of David Torkanowsky on Coltrane's "Giant Steps." From the elegant balladry of "The Good Life" to the funk groove of "What the World Needs Now" to the slow-burn blues of "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," Dorothy's rich, caramel-textured vocals flourish in the accompaniment.
About Dorothy Doring. Dorothy Doring is known to Twin Cities jazz fans through her appearances at leading clubs like the Dakota and premier events like the Hot Summer Jazz Festival. Dorothy Doring's musical background has resulted in a versatile and savvy sound. In addition to her love of jazz, Dorothy has past experience in everything from rock to country to R&B to Latin music. Her 1999 debut release, "About Time," was nominated for a Minnesota Music Award for "Jazz CD of the Year." Not only a performer, Dorothy Doring is a highly respected music educator and an active member of the national Jazz Vocal Coalition.
Dorothy Doring - vocals
David Torkanowsky - piano, producer, arrangements
Derek Douget - tenor saxophone
Tim Green - tenor saxophone
Steve Masakowski - guitar
Edwin Livingston - bass
Neal Caine - bass
Troy Davis - drums
Simon Lott - drums
Michael Skinkus - percussion