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“Perhaps 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

 “Stallings 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

 “The 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 tunes...”  

- Portland Oregonian

 “All 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

“One 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 ballads.”        

                                                            -Schwann Inside


 

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