Blossom Dearie: '54, '65, '72 And '83


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Singer-pianist Blossom Dearie was a singular artist of fascinating contrasts. She was hipper than many of the men she played with and could swing just as hard. She had a “good girl" look yet struggled with a husband (Bobby Jaspar) who was addicted to heroin. She was a jazzy cocktail-cabaret act but could arrange vocal and instrumental ensembles with the best of them. She was American yet was as Parisian as frittés. She seemed sweet but didn't hesitate to tear the heads off patrons who talked while she played or took picures. Dearie died in 2009—and yet so little is known about her.

For now, here are four favorite clips, which seem somehow suitable for early autumn...

Blossom in 1954 (leader, vocalist and arranger)...

Blossom in 1965...

Blossom in 1972...

Blossom in 1983...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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