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Perez: It’s Happenin’

Harlem-born Diana Perez’s circuitous path to a jazz singing began in L.A., where she relocated in her teens to pursue a career in art and design. While in the City of Angels, she learned to appreciate Coltrane, Parker, Evans, Mingus and Baker. But it was her love for Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone that prompted the untrained youngster to alter her professional course. She hitched and hiked her way to Europe, spent a decade honing her craft, self-produced two albums for Holland’s Timeless label and landed back in her native Manhattan. Now, with the release of her third disc, she’s dropped the “Diana” and is simply Perez.

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