I use to listen Blossom regularly for about 20 year. After she passed away I could not find any updated web page consolidating Biography, Discography including new Albums that are now being issued and Videos.
There are very few Interviews with her at YouTube. Most of the files I found are just Album's covers with music in the background. Even at Dearie's official website I found only a few words and seems to me that it is not being updated.
So please, Dearie's fans, lets build together the best website on Blossom Dearie's Music memory. If you have any kind of data to share, this is the place.
So, take a seat, turn on the Radio Dearie here at the end of this page, relax and Welcome to Blogsoom Dearie.
In a near future I will issue the Portuguese Language version of our Blog for the Brazilian fans.
In October 30, 2009 Piano Jazz rebroadcasted a show that first aired in 1985, presented as a tribute to Blossom Dearie, who died earlier that year at age 82.
The aptly named singer and pianist Blossom Dearie had a unique, childlike voice that, along with truly swinging piano work, could deliver scathing wit wrapped in a sweet package.
A consummate performer, Dearie eschewed jazz improvisation. And while her harmonies were inspired by Frank Sinatra, her pixie-like voice was counterbalanced by the muscular rhythms she pounded out in the manner of Count Basie and Oscar Peterson.
Dearie avoided working in cabarets and nightclubs for much of her career; her delicate voice was no match for the smoky atmosphere of such venues. However, she was a fixture at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, where she performed regularly starting in 1983.
Dearie opened this session of Piano Jazz with a tune written specifically for her by Johnny Mercer: "My New Celebrity Is You." In her nudge-and-wink vocal performance, she drops names from Modigliani and Montovani to Dean Martin and Mia Farrow. Dearie invites host Marian McPartland to play along; afterwards, McPartland remarks, "That was kind of a shame that I played on that at all — the thing is so perfect without me pussyfooting along." To which the ever-charming Dearie replies, "I thought it was very tasty what you played."
Dearie continues with another Johnny Mercer tune featuring her own melody, "I'm Shadowing You." In this tune, Dearie has a different take on celebrity, in the role of a sweet stalker: "There'll be no escape / I'm getting out a tape and video, too." Her delicate vocal on this cleverly written Mercer tune is swinging, refreshing and hip.
McPartland gets together with Dearie for an easy, gentle duet on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and later they pick things up just a bit on the Rodgers and Hart tune "Everything I've Got Is Yours." Dearie confesses to not being much of an improviser, but McPartland says, "You did too improvise. I caught you at it."
The session wraps up with another duet featuring Dearie's unmistakable voice, Frank Loesser's "If I Were a Bell." McPartland has said that Dearie "made every song a musical gem," and listening to her sing this well-known number, it's easy to see why.