The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Stella Bass

Air Date: 3/10/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


My guest on the next edition of Musician's Corner on the Sunday Jazz Brunch will be vocalist Stella Bass, all the way from Dublin, Ireland. She's with us to talk about her new album, Look for the Silver Lining.

The new album is only her second. Her first CD, Too Darn Hot, was released in 2014. 

Just an aside: on that debut album Ms. Bass sang the Amy Winehouse original, Back to Black, and Amy Winehouse's mom contacted her to say what a great version of the song it is. We'll hear that track later in the set.

The new album is a collaboration with the Johnny Taylor Trio, and it features a mix of jazz standards and some new songs written by Ms Bass. 

Mr. Taylor plays piano and does all the arranging, mostly for trio, but sometimes with a guest artist.

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If you listen carefully, you will hear a little bit of Ella Fitzgerald and some Barbra Streisand mixed in with Ms. Bass' sound. These are her two great influences.

For Musician's Corner, we'll pick one of the songs on the CD, an original from Ms. Bass, written as a bossa nova. Besides the somewhat unusual song form, we'll talk about the meaning of the interesting lyrics.

We'll also play another song from the new CD, as well as the aforementioned Back To Black from her first one.

I have to say I love the singing, the trio accompaniment, and the engineering on this cd. That qualifies this album as a three bagger, quite a feat!

Don't miss this very interesting interview!

Yours in jazz,


Photos by Steve Langan of City Headshots, Dublin

HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Robert Edwards\Upswing 2024\Time To Shine
Jill McCarron Trio\Gin 2024\Quiet Now
Russell Malone\Look Who's Here\An Affair to Remember
Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\Still

Alan Pasqua-Northern Lights 2017-06 Hope
Acoustic Jazz Quartet-Organic-07 Jumpin' Out 2003
Al Jarreau All I Got 06 Secrets Of Love 2002
Alexis Cole-Someday My Prince Will Come-07 Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty) 2000

Mark Masters\CT! 2024\Michelle
Judy Whitmore\Come Fly With Me 2024\There's A Small Hotel
Benny Benack III\Third Time's The Charm 2023\Giselle
Alan Broadbent-Developing Story-09 Children of Lima 2017

HOUR TWO: New For You

Mark Masters\CT! 2024\Argentia
Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\Show Me
Michael Dease\Swing Low 2024\Galapagos
Jill McCarron Trio\Gin 2024\Monaco

Robert Edwards\Upswing 2024\Healing the Heart
Julie Kelly\Freedom Jazz Dance 2024\In The Early Morning Rain
Brian Scarborough\We Need the Wind 2024\Central Standard Time
Jim Rotondi\Finesse 2024\Interlude

Musician's Corner: Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\All the Colors of My Love
Stella Bass\Look for the Silver Lining 2024\Old Devil Moon
Stella Bass\Too Darn Hot\06 Back to Black (2015)

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Ed Johnson\For Every Living Thing 2024\Coral Sea
New York Voices-A Day Like This-09 Chamego (Betty's Bossa) 2007
Opie Bellas-Live for Life-08 When I Look in Your Eyes 2002
Rosa Passos-Amorosa-07 Retrato Em Branco E Preto 2004

Sergio Pereira-Nu Brasil-01 Down South 2018
Sergio Mendes-Timeless-13 Lamento (No Morro) (featuring Maogani Quartet) 2006
Stacey Kent-I Know I Dream-01 Double Rainbow 2017
Trio Da Paz-Somewhere-09 Batida Differente 2005

Tom Ranier\This Way\Desafinado
Veronneau\Jazz Samba Project\Meditation
Vinicius Cantuaria\Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim\08 Por causa de voce (2015)
Sergio Mendes-Celebration- A Musical Journey (Disc 1)-01 Outra Vez 2011
Luiz Bonfá-Solo in Rio 1959-09 Luzes do Rio 2005

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Mike LeDonne Quartet + Gospel Choir\Wonderful! 2024
\001 Let Us Go
Robert Edwards\Upswing 2024\Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
Euge Groove\Comfort Zone 2023\Up Close

Fourplay\Esprit de Four\Sonnymoon
Gabriel Mervine\People-08 Osie Maie (2016)
Jazz In Pink featuring Gail Jhonson - Come For Me
Gregory Porter\Take Me to the Alley\Day Dream

Grover Washington, Jr.-Prime Cuts- The Columbia Years 1987-1999-12 The Night Fantastic 1999
Jazz Echo\Free Will\Cool Beans
Hil St. Soul\Back in Love 2022\Love and Fire
Herb Alpert-Second Wind-11 Across The Bridge 1996


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