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Lifeline

by Deborah Latz

“When it comes to singing at very slow tempos, few are in Deborah Latz’s league... She knows just how to take her time... Lifeline is a gem well worth hearing several times.” — Scott Yanow, L.A. JAZZ SCENE
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Les Feuilles Mortes
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2. I Get Along Without You Very Well
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3. Witchcraft
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4. Tea For Two/Day In - Day Out
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5. Make Someone Happy
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6. Jump In
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7. Waltz For Debby
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8. My Favorite Things
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9. Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours
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10. Don’t Explain
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11. The Sweetest Sounds
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12. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
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13. How Deep Is The Ocean
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14. La Vie En Rose
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Critics have called New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz “one of the finest balladeers” (Jazz Society Of Oregon), “undeniably unique” (jazzimprov.com), and (Downbeat) says,"Latz’s fine feel for French lends an Edith Piaf-like quick vibrato and brittle grace…" and (The New York City Jazz Record) “Her free vocal line is clear and perfectly centered.” Deborah is a performer par excellence. Her intimate, charming, and relaxed demeanor on stage always moves the hearts and souls of her audiences. Latz’s vocal expression has been compared with Tony Bennett, Carla White, Edith Piaf, Patty Waters and Leon Thomas.

Deborah’s debut CD, ‘TOWARD LOVE’, earned immediate praise “Her voice rings with a fetching richness…. A marvelous vocal effort, beginning to end.” (AllAboutJazz.com) “...a sensibility that incites a lyric with her innate dramatic instincts... Strikes just the right note of coy mischievousness... “ (Cadence) Her 2008 sophomore release – ‘LIFELINE’ – featuring Joel Frahm, has received even wider critical acclaim from (Downbeat) “‘I Didn’t Know’ hits glory strides à lá Carla White”, (L.A. Jazz Scene) “When it comes to singing at very slow tempos, few are in Deborah Latz’s league... Lifeline is a gem...” And from (Midwest Record) “Latz knows how to deliver the songs with a different slant... jazz vocal fans have a new star to celebrate.”

December 2011 Deborah will record her third album in New York at Acoustic Studio with New York City's foremost musicians, Jon Davis, piano; John Hart, guitars; Ray Parker, double bass; special guests Willard Dyson, drums and Peter Apfelbaum on clarinet, flutes, saxes, & percussion. Collectively these veteran artists have played and recorded with Jaco Pastorious, Stan Getz, James Moody, Maria Schneider, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Sample, Regina Belle, Jimmy Scott and Omar Sosa.

In May 2011 Deborah was featured live on the Lynn Darroch show at KMHD radio in Portland, OR for her performance at WILFS with George Mitchell, Phil Baker (Pink Martini), Ron Steen and John Keyser.

Ms. Latz comes to jazz after an award-winning career in dramatic and musical theater, where she garnered a “Best Actress Award” at the Jerzy Grotowski Theatre Festival in Poland for her one-woman performance of ‘Juliet’, and received rave reviews in New York and Europe for ‘Travels With Ma Own Self’, the one-woman musical that she wrote, produced and performed. In San Francisco she studied at the American Conservatory Theater; concentrated on Shakespeare and the Classics at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and in New York City she studied avant-garde theatre with Anne Bogart. Through her theater training and years of studying jazz greats and cutting-edge artists, combined with her love for the Great American Songbook, she continues to synthesize her jazz vocal approach and style.

For more than ten years Deborah has been teaching Vocal Expression and Communication at The Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York City as well as private vocal instruction.

In 2009 she was featured on the weekly radio show, Music of the World, KPFA radio in Berkeley, California which included a live interview for her sophomore release ‘Lifeline’, and in Pisa, Italy on www.puntoradio.fm on A Voice, A Soul. Jazz Magazine interviews include JazzReview.com and Hot House Jazz Guide.

In 2005 Deborah made her PARIS DEBUT at Sept Lézards with jazz piano luminary, Alain Jean-Marie. For her 2009 'Lifeline' European Tour she performed at such noted venues in Paris, France as Café Universel, Le Neuf Jazz Club, Atelier de la Main d’Or; and in Livorno, Italy at Jazz Club Il Paradosso.

UNITED STATES PERFORMANCES

NEW YORK CITY
The Kitano
Sweet Rhythm
Cornelia Street Café
55Bar
Tomi Jazz
Somethin' Jazz Club
Cachaça Jazz ‘n’ Samba Club
Enzo's
Louis 649
Solomon's Porch
Detour
The Triad
Night and Day
Cafe 50 West
Frederick's
The Cupping Room
Cafe 111
Brooklyn Museum
American Museum of Natural History
New York University's Torch Club
Yonkers Jazz & Blues Series

NEW JERSEY
Trumpets
New Jersey Music & Arts-Fall Fest

KANSAS CITY, MO
Jardine's Jazz Club

PORTLAND, OR
Wilfs

SEATTLE, WA
Egan's Ballard Jam House

EUREKA, CA
Eureka Woman's Club


INTERNATIONAL

PARIS, FRANCE
Sept Lezards
Cafe Universel
Le Neuf Jazz Club
Atelier de la Main D'or

LIVORNO, ITALY
Jazz Club Il Paradosso

MONTREAL, CANADA
House of Jazz
Quai des Brumes

Critical Acclaim for Lifeline

“Pleasing vibe…smiling, easy “Waltz for Debby”…“I Didn’t Know” hits glory strides à lá Carla White. Latz’s fine feel for French lends some tunes an Edith Piaf-like quick vibrato and brittle grace…”

— Fred Bouchard, DOWNBEAT

“Ms. Latz has such flawless control of her fluid soprano that she is able to weave melodic variations on songs such as “Get Along,” “Sounds,”; and-yes!-even “Favorite Things,” and do so with such incredibly natural ease...”

— Alan Bargebuhr, CADENCE

“When it comes to singing at very slow tempos, few are in Deborah Latz’s league... She knows just how to take her time... Lifeline is a gem well worth hearing several times.”

— Scott Yanow, L.A. JAZZ SCENE

“...Latz’s poignant vocals pull everything together. She draws out the melodies, making each note count, and may be one of the finest balladeers in some time.”

— Kyle O’Brien, JAZZ SOCIETY OF OREGON

“Deborah Latz is a bold singer with a strong sense of her own musical identity. So sure-footed is she that it’s hard to imagine her needing a lifeline - she’s more the type to throw one to the sinking.”

— Suzanne Lorge, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD (concert review)

“After hearing the opening cut, which features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, I wondered how she could top it. But she did. Deborah’s singing of “My Favorite Things” is in the same class as John Coltrane’s instrumental version of the same composition. I hadn’t heard this lady until I played ‘Lifeline,’ but I’m now an ardent fan.”

— Steve Emerine, of the ARIZONA DAILY STAR

“[on] the swinging Witchcraft...Latz belts out the lyrics in a fashion that The Chairman of the Board would be proud of.”

— Edward Blanco, EJAZZNEWS.COM

“Deborah Latz... is a seasoned veteran when it comes to creative expression and musical performance...There is an undeniably unique quality to Latz’ approach to jazz standards...”

— Dave Miele, JAZZIMPROV.COM

“Deborah Latz offers a musical album of experiences and images that take the listener on a journey – haunting, spare, rambunctious, heartfelt… and deeply felt.”

— Laurence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

“‘Lifeline’ is destined to be one of those eternal gemstones in jazz music’s archives...”

— Susan Frances, JAZZREVIEW.COM

“Latz knows how to deliver the songs with a different slant... jazz vocal fans have a new star to celebrate.”

— Chris Spector, MIDWEST RECORD

“…Latz is the real thing. She swings, phrases well and any liberties taken are done with respect for the lyrics.”

— Ray Comiskey, THE IRISH TIMES, Ireland

“She is one of those relatively few singers who expresses the emotion of the lyric with style and sensitivity.”

— George Fendel, JAZZ SOCIETY OF OREGON

“...jazz is clearly her first tongue... she wraps you in the deep, rich tones that come lilting from her so easily...it was her original, “Jump In” that turned out to be my favorite cut... It is just vibrant, full of life and lyrically about as jazzy as I’ve heard in the last 5 years from a female jazz singer.”

— Rotcod Zzaj, IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION, Issue # 88

“Deborah Latz covers a startling range of moods and emotions… [the three songs done in French] are instantly romantic aphrodisiacs. Pleasure upon multiple pleasure!”

— Bob Morello, BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, Facts on Wax


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Mike Saxton

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Deborah is as talented a performer as she is a beautiful person. I loved this album. Deborah livens the CD like she brightens the room when she performs.