Swinging young singer delivers on early promise with hot new CD
Jazz lovers who have been following the career of San Francisco Bay Area singer Hale Baskin since she began winning local and national awards early in her high school career will certainly not be surprised by the mature, assured and, most importantly, eminently delightful Hale Baskin on display on HaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second as a leader, her brand new recording A Classic.
Those just learning about Hale are still in plenty of time to get in on experiencing the rapid-fire growth of this impressively talented and swinging young chanteuse. After all, even with two CDs as a leader to her credit, plus a basketful of performance awards and even a European tour to her credit, Hale Baskin is just heading off to college this fall!
Hale certainly wrapped up her high school career in fine style. Most prominently, perhaps, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the recording and release of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Classic,Ã¢â‚¬Â featuring outstanding Bay Area jazz stars like pianists Larry Dunlap and Dee Spencer, trombonist Wayne Wallace and trumpeter John Worley, Jr. HaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mature musical presence is on full display on this CD. Listen to her dynamic, heartfelt reading of Ã¢â‚¬Å“God Bless the Child,Ã¢â‚¬Â her joyfully swinging take on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sitting in Limbo,Ã¢â‚¬Â a song Hale first sang as a thirteen-year-old, and the sassy romp through Ã¢â‚¬Å“SummertimeÃ¢â‚¬Â that ends with a joyous vocal duet with singer Nate Pruitt, who just happens to be HaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice coach. Longtime fans will especially savor the leaps Hale has made in both the maturity and imaginative quality of her phrasing.
Honors aside, this young dynamo also added to her impressive performing credentials over the past year. She toured Europe this summer with her school-mates in the Menlo-Atherton High School Advanced Jazz Band, including dates in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland (two performances at Montreux!) and Austria. With Hale on vocals this group of talented students also won the student competition at last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anaheim Jazz Festival and placed at the Reno Jazz Festival. In addition, Hale was named to the San Francisco Jazz FestivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prestigious SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble, a band that draws the best high school jazz players from around the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
Hale has, in fact, been an active performer for years. She's already sung with both the Count Basie and Mike Vax big bands, jammed with singer Kim Nalley at the prestigious San Francisco hot spot, Jazz at Pearl's, and headlined at PearlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as part of the clubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s "Future of Jazz: Youth Series."
HaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first CD, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Forecast Calls for Hale, was recorded in 2003 to happy reviews for one so young. The eminent producer and writer Dr. Herb Wong said of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Forecast,Ã¢â‚¬Â "Hale Baskin has all the tools. She sings with admirable taste and control, rhythmic and harmonic sense, and clear insight into the jazz tradition. So dig!"
On the merits of her first recording, Hale was invited to appear onstage with Arturo Sandoval at the famed Oakland jazz club, YoshiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. That performance inspired Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune to write, Ã¢â‚¬Å“[I]t looks like we have a rising star in our midst. Remember Baskin's name. You'll be hearing it again soon.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And now, thanks to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Classic,Ã¢â‚¬Â we are hearing Hale BaskinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name, and her music, again. Get ready for more. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to like it.
Hale Baskin: Jazz Vocalist
What to Expect
Patty Austin chose Hale to participate in a Vocal Master Class as part of her tribute to Gershwin CD release tour. Hale will present a vocal performance and Patty will critique it.
Check "Hale Live" link on halebaskin.com for performance schedule.
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