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Helen Merrill: ‘S All Wonderful

Listening session with renowned singer

Helen Merrill

Vocalist Helen Merrill has always surrounded herself with top musicians, from her first jazz recordings with Quincy Jones and Clifford Brown to her modernist sessions with Gil Evans and Steve Lacy. Merrill, 80, was one of the first American jazz stars to live and teach in Japan in the 1960s, and she made time for this listening session in New York on the eve of another trip to Tokyo. Three of Merrill’s finest recordings have been reissued on the Mosaic label as Casa Forte and The Helen Merrill-Dick Katz Sessions.

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