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articles : australia

Gretchen ParlatoSinatra's heir apparent
By Katherine Feeney, Brisbane Times
Oct 22, 2008

There's something special about being labelled Frank Sinatra's heir apparent - particularly when that successor is a woman. ...barely thirty, [she] has already attracted acclaim from the upper echelons of jazz world royalty.

Speaking with the singer, it becomes clear she won't be drawn on questions surrounding her much-publicised brilliance. To say that Parlato is modest is an understatement. She says a highly creative upbringing in Los Angeles cultivated her talent and that her ambition is merely a quest to remain "honest, open and venerable" about her art.

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Wang's jazz rhythms in good health
The Age, Jessica Nicholas
Nov 5, 2008

"featured US singer Gretchen Parlato, whose hushed vocals floated over Mike Moreno's acoustic guitar with a gossamer lightness that belied its rhythmic sophistication."

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Gretchen ParlatoDiminutive Parlato shows how jazz music
should be sung

TODAY | ARTS
by Ron Banks, West Australian
Feb 12, 2008

"Gretchen Parlato is what you might call the jazz singer's jazz singer. In other words, there is a purity about her style, an ease, charm, confidence and poise that make her the exemplar of how jazz music should be sung."

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Sultry Gretchen sizzles
The Courier-Mail
Brisbane, Australia
Feb 1, 2008

"THE phone rings three times before voicemail picks up. A piano sounds in the background, introducing the sultry voice of American jazz artist Gretchen Parlato, crooning: "Please leave a message and I'll call you back, and l'll call you back . . ."

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Jazzed up - Gretchen Parlato
OurBrisbane.com
by Justin Grey
Jan 30, 2008

"it was really just realising how to be a better musician – how to drop my own ego and not let it get in the way of me growing. When you come out of it [Thelonious Monk Institute] you realise this was a heavy, heavy thing, and the greatest part is it makes you realise what you want and don’t want in music and even in life... To me, what I do has always been very pure, natural and simple in its approach. Sometimes you’re not even aware of the steps that you’re making, but it’s a wonderful thing that, in turn, by just expressing what I love myself, other people have loved it too. "

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Critically Acclaimed Jazz Prodigy Visits Australia for the First Time
Brisbane Powerhouse
Dec 2007

"Hailed by critics as a female Frank Sinatra, winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition... Gretchen is renowned for her ethereal sound and fusion of jazz, Brazilian and African elements."

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