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November 19, 2009

Alto saxophonist Hailey Niswanger 'has got it' — Nat Hentoff

In his November 9, 2009 Wall Street Journal story about the 19-year-old phenom and her first CD release, the esteemed jazz critic described hearing her play as "exhilarating."

From her debut album, "Confeddie": Yes or No, Four in One , and Some Time Ago.

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It's so great to hear a female person who plays a wind instrument be a mover & shaker in jazz today. She sho has indeed got it. I don't mean to slight, in any way, girl singers and pianists, not at all -- it's just that you don't see many horn players of the female persuasion blazing jazz trails; of the women who have made a mark, most sang or played piano. For a long time there was this belief that improvisation on a wind ax was just something women couldn't do, at least not well. Hmph.

Speaking of singers, here's something: Anita O'Day at the '57 Newport (I think) Jazz Festival singing Georgia Brown and Tea for Two -- she was by her own admission high as a kite on heroin, but it didn't mar her performance. Great sandy quality to her voice and just the most amazing sense of pitch.

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 20, 2009 2:23:29 AM

Good observation Jesse, a lot of Jazz wannabees go for the "social" aspect. I would like to categorize it as rude, but it's mostly ignorance.
Now to the video; at 19 I mastered parallel parking, after watching her I might never reach that level in anything even if I'm 119 years old!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 19, 2009 5:08:33 PM

Too bad so many of the crowd are talking...

(Some jazz fans have no respect.)

Posted by: Jesse | Nov 19, 2009 1:15:44 PM

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