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Robin McKelle: Introducing Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle is a native of Rochester, N.Y. Her career got a jump-start when she finished third in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition, and she is currently teaching voice at her alma mater, Berklee. Now she has arrived with a debut album that shows off her spectacular chops as well as her respect for big-band vocalizing.

Armed with an alto-to-soprano range and a natural instinct for jazz phrasing, McKelle swooped into L.A., and before you could say Willie Murillo-the producer who arranged and adapted a dozen vintage standards-she added her distinct interpretation to swingers such as “Night and Day” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (the ghosts of Nelson Riddle and Sy Oliver were in the studio) and lent heartfelt readings to “For All We Know” and “Dream.”

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