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John LaBelle

Canadian John LaBelle is carving out a successful career for himself as a vocalist-a career that had its genesis when he began listening to Sinatra records as a boy at home in Montreal. And plenty of what makes ol’ Blue Eyes special has rubbed off on this 30-year-old singer-composer, whose release on Jazz Inspiration, Don’t Say No, has him swinging in front of a big band, having fun with a program of his own tunes arranged with an infectious, jazzy vibe.

“As a teen, some of my best memories were listening to Frank’s records in my room,” he recalled, noting that he wore out the grooves on the live Reprise recording of Sinatra with Count Basie in Las Vegas.

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