Cheek to Cheek: Sophisticated Songs for Jazzy Pare
Blair Casdin's voice has been described as soulful, dynamic, bluesy, languid, and enchanting. Scott Healy, keyboardist on Late Night with Conan O'Brien says 'Blair Casdin isn't just for kids. With great charts, a top-notch band and something for everybody, this mom is an R and B diva with a sultry, bluesy, style.' San Francisco jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich called her "a soulful singer with a real affinity for the blues." Blair Casdin is a singer of many moods. From blues to pop to jazz to latin, Blair brings a soulfulness and depth of feeling to whatever style she's interpreting. And Blair loves performing. Over the last 15 years, Blair has been delighting audiences in a wide range of settings--night clubs, cafes, private parties, corporate events, and anywhere they'll give her a mic and room for her band. New Orleans is where Blair got her start, singing with local blues and funk bands. A few years later, she deepened her love of sophisticated melodies and harmonies while traveling with the a cappella group Something Like the Blues. Blair found her jazz voice in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in local clubs and coffee shops, studying with Madeline Eastman, and collaborating with jazz veterans Larry Vuckovich and Akira Tana on her first CD in 2003. In 2007, Blair produced 2 CD's for families. On Cheek to Cheek: Sophisticated Songs for Jazzy Parents, Blair re-imagines jazz and pop standards as expressing a parents' love. With the help of grammy nominated producer-arranger Pete McGuinness Blair gathered together some of the finest musicians on Broadway and the New York City music scene, including Dave Pietro on clarinet, flute, and sax, Dan Levine on trombone, Pete McCann on guitar, Ted Kooshian on piano, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass, and Scott Neumann on drums. Cheek to Cheek is a must-have for all music-loving parents and kids! Following up on the success of her first New York project, Blair teamed up with Scott Healy, keyboardist with Late Night with Conan O'Brien, to produce Music From Morningside. Featuring parents, kids, and teachers from their children's preschool, Morningside Montessori, the CD raises money for the school's scholarship fund. Among the contributing parents were the principal trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera, an emmy-winning producer for Nick News, Scott and Blair, and an assortment of other talented singers and musicians. The CD includes a variety of kids' favorites from I've Been Working on the Railroad to Itsy Bitsy Spider to sophisticated songs like Swinging on a Star.