Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Susie Arioli Band: Learn to Smile Again

Jordan Officer and Susie Arioli

As likely hasn’t escaped your notice, more and more jazz singers are mining material from the great pop-rock songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s–Joni Mitchell, Lennon and McCartney, Laura Nyro, Van Morrison, Jimmy Webb, Leiber and Stoller, Carole King and the Brill Building crowd, Smokey Robinson and others from the Motown stable, etc. But one incredibly rich vein of American gold has been all but ignored. Until, that is, a Canadian–Montreal-based singer and bandleader Susie Arioli–decided it was high time to tap it. The singer-songwriter in question is country-pop whiz (and, later, Tony-winning Broadway composer) Roger Miller, the Texan tunesmith best known for such mid-’60s novelties as “Dang Me,” “England Swings” and his signature hit “King of the Road”–none of which number among the half-dozen Miller compositions included here.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published