Rebecca Parris

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Rebecca Parris
Born (1951-12-28) December 28, 1951 (age 62)
Origin Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1985–Present

Rebecca Parris (born December 28, 1951 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American jazz singer. Parris has made guest appearances with many top musicians (including Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Burton and Dizzy Gillespie), performed at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in '90 & '95, North Sea Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival and of course the ever-so-hip International Floating Jazz Festival.

“I hear a little Carmen McRae when I listen to Rebecca, “says Ron DellaChiesa, the jazz disk jockey at WGBH in Boston. “And a little Sarah Vaughan. I think she's on that level”.[1] "Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae were my friends while they were alive, and it was a huge blessing to know them," said Parris. "And being accepted as one of them was huge".[2] Commonly referred to as the First Lady of Boston Jazz, Parris was awarded the Boston Music Awards nine times.[3]

Selective discography[edit]

Year Title Genre Label
1985 Live at Chan's [Live] Jazz Shira
1990 Love Comes and Goes Jazz Ent. Exclusives
1993 Spring Jazz Music Masters Jazz
1994 A Beautiful Friendship Jazz Altenburgh Jazz
1994 It's Another Day (with Gary Burton) Jazz GRP
1997 Double Rainbow [Live] Jazz Shira
1997 Passionate Fling Jazz Shira
2001 My Foolish Heart Jazz Koch Jazz
2002 The Secret of Christmas Jazz Shira
2007 You Don't Know Me Jazz Saying It With Jazz


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