The Artistry Of … Sarah Vaughan

This is a special Artistry Of.

Listener, Adam David, heard a Sarah Vaughan singing “Embraceable You” on a past Dinner Jazz show and wrote:

“For several reasons, ‘Sassy’ holds a special place in my family’s musical heart. She was a favourite of my vocalist mother and drummer father … ‘Embraceable You’ was mom’s closing theme song. A third generation musician, I spent a couple of years studying and playing around L.A. in the early 80’s. Adam sat in regularly at The Green Onion’s Thursday Jazz Jam, and was fortunate to play often with legendary veterans Jimmy Rowles, Andrew Simpkins, and Tommy Newsom of Tonight Show fame… one Thursday, Adam spotted Ms. Vaughan hanging at the bar, carousing with several other jazz giants. Before long, everyone at the bar was hollering, ‘C’mon Sassy, get up and sing one!’

Adam goes on to say – “Dumbstruck, I couldn’t fathom swinging satisfactorily enough to please Ms. V, so I slid away from the drums, pleading for the house drummer to return. Though he kindly obliged, to this day, I wish I had remained to have the honour and joy of playing with such a rich, iconic voice. The timing of hearing Embraceable You was quite serendipitous. With the anniversary of my mother’s passing near, that recording was a gentle, heartfelt reminder of the musical gifts both she and my father bestowed upon me. Thank you, John… and thank you, Sassy.”