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Resonance to Release Rare 1978 Sarah Vaughan Live Performance

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Sarah Vaughan (photo: Tom Copi)

Resonance Records, with the cooperation of National Public Radio (NPR), will release Sarah Vaughan-Live At Rosy’s on March 25. The two-CD set comprises newly discovered recordings of Vaughan’s performance at Rosy’s Jazz Club in New Orleans on May 31, 1978.

Accompanying Vaughan on the recording are pianist Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

The release includes nearly 90 minutes of music, some of which has never been previously broadcast, along with a 36-page book, and is presented in a six-panel digi-pak designed by Burton Yount. The book includes historic essays, interviews and memoirs by producer Zev Feldman; author and journalist James Gavin; journalist, author and critic Will Friedwald and many others.

Just after the release of the album, the U.S. Postal Service will honor Vaughan’s legacy by issuing a commemorative Forever Stamp. The ceremony will take place at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, N.J., at 11:00am, March 29.

Confirmed participants at the ceremony include Tony Bennett, Rhonda Hamilton (host of WBGO Radio’s Midday Jazz), Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Dr. Gloria White (pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church), Ronald Stroman (Deputy Postmaster General) and vocalist Melba Moore.

Confirmed performers include the Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir, Carrie Jackson, NJPAC Jazz for Teen Ensemble, Jazzmeia Horn (winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocalist Competition) and Moore.

According to a press release, “In February 2011, Resonance producer Zev Feldman connected with Tim Owens, the former producer of NPR’s weekly syndicated radio program, Jazz Alive!, which aired from 1977 to 1983 and won a Peabody Award. Owens mentioned to Feldman that he had tapes from the original broadcasts of the Jazz Alive! series, and that among these tapes were recordings of Sarah Vaughan’s 1978 concert performance at Rosy’s. Over the course of nearly four years, Feldman … tracked down all of the appropriate parties to ensure that this release would be fully endorsed and cleared by the Sarah Vaughan estate, plus by Walter Booker’s widow Bertha Hope, as well as the living band members Carl Schroeder and Jimmy Cobb and NPR Music in Washington, D.C.

Track Listing

Disc One:

I’ll Remember April (3:45)

I Fall In Love Too Easily (3:43)

Band Intro (1:30)

East of The Sun (3:09)

I’ve Got A Lot of Living To Do (2:14)

Time After Time (3:46)

Somebody Loves Me (2:06)

Poor Butterfly (4:58)

A Tisket, A Tasket (1:47)

Send In The Clowns (6:00)

Sarah’s Blues (7:47)

Disc Two:

The Man I Love (4:45)

I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) (5:07)

Watch What Happens (2:44)

If You Went Away (5:40)

I Could Write A Book (3:01)

I Remember You (5:02)

Fascinating Rhythm (4:01)

Everything Must Change (6:47)

Like Someone In Love (2:41)

My Funny Valentine (5:17)

Ending Theme (1:08)

JazzTimes is pleased to present a preview of “I’ll Remember April” from Sarah Vaughan-Live At Rosy’s.

“I’ll Remember April”

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