the best jazz singer alive today is a woman almost everybody seems
to have missed. Her
name is Mary Stallings . . ..” – New York Times
“ . .
.Stallings’ voice is supple and timeless . . . encompassing the
whole history of music."
- San Francisco Chronicle
sounds like Carmen McRae with some Dinah Washington sass thrown
in. Stallings doesn't flit around or complicate her singing with
oblique swirls and curlicues like many younger jazz singers.
She stays closer to the blues, laying down the ballad
‘Sunday Kind of Love’ with fine, feminine ardor.”
- Philadelphia Inquirer
vocalist, who got her start with the bands of Cal Tjader, Billy
Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie, wraps her slightly gospel-inflected
pipes around a set of jazz standards and obscurities with true
elegance. Live At The Village Vanguard is a soulful body of
Music Guide Pick: Best of Artist.
Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native
Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singers who isn't nearly as
well known as she should be.”
- All Music Guide
can best describe Mary Stallings’ mid-range vocal style as
comfortable, fanciful and seasoned.
She’s a pro with a lengthy career that has included
stints with the orchestras of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and
others. Her expertise is apparent on her latest CD . . . where
Stallings exhibits utmost flexibility in phrasing, dynamics and
warm timbrel quality, which wins her a distinctive edge as she
applies abundant meanings to lyrics on uptempo swingers and