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Johnny Hartman

Jose James Returns to the Variety Theater in Atlanta with the Music of Billie Holiday

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. James claims inspiration from Holiday and rightfully so. Perhaps his most direct claim to her legacy is his ability, like Holiday's, to bring both pathos and sensuality to a lyric.

An Interview with Freddy Cole

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The singer/pianist Freddy Cole is a national treasure and at 81 years young he is still a masterful entertainer.

A Voice I No Longer Hear

Matt Farmer | Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

I realized on Father's Day that I'm now having a hard time remembering what my dad's voice sounded like. I am still able to revisit many of the conversations that we had over the years; it's just the distinct tonal qualities of his voice I'm struggling to recall.

Johnny Hartman -- The Last Balladeer

Hermene Hartman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books
Hermene Hartman

I wished I could have written this book. I couldn't because I was entirely too close. Johnny Hartman was my uncle and I adored him. He was a jazz s...