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Hearing Voices: An Introduction

Christopher Loudon introduces his weekly blog/column, Hearing Voices

Diana Krall

It was just under a decade ago that I received an intriguing email from my pal James Gavin. For anyone jazz-savvy enough to be visiting this website, Gavin, author of bestselling biographies of Chet Baker and Lena Horne and the definitive authority on American cabaret and its practitioners, surely needs no introduction. Jim was writing to let me know that then JazzTimes editor Chris Porter was scouting for someone to write a regular jazz vocal column, and that he had put my name forward.

Based solely, it seems, on Jim’s recommendation, Porter took a chance on a writer whose work he’d never read, whom he’d never met and who also happened to live in a foreign country (hardly a world apart, since I’m based in Toronto, but foreign nonetheless – a complication that would result in more than a few review discs getting waylaid, or lost altogether, on their cross-border travels).

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