Ladies - You're On

Carole is well aware of the legacy her predecessor have left behind She takes pride in a minute share of this heritage, fully aware of the fact that it had not been for Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horn, Ethel Waters and so many, many others (who paved the way for female jazz vocalists - present and future) there would be much less appreciation for the genre. Carole: "For them it was a daily struggle and I as all African-American female singers/performers have received a greate gift: we can enjoy the fruits of of their labors and successes without having to endure the intensity of denial induced by the ignorance of society which they had endured in extent"

Carole Alston brings you her interpretations of songs made famous by stars such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin and Cassandra Wilson.  An evening spanning 60 years:  from classical Jazz and Blues (for those who adore the music of the 30’s and 40’s), the crossover into the 60’s and the evolution of Rhythm & Blues, the Revolution (which came with Nina Simone),the influence of Gospel and Pop introduced by Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack and the birth of progressive Jazz.

A program celebrating the immortal compositions of Gershwin, Ellington,  Loesser, Bernstein and Bacharach and honouring the finest Black Female recording artists. Carole with her tribute to the best, e.g.:

- Bessie Smith: Nobody Knows You
- Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child, All of Me
- Ella Fitzgerald: A Tisket, A-Tasket, They Can’t Take that Away from Me
- Lena Horn: You´d Be So Nice To Come Home To, Love Me or Leave Me,
- Sarah Vaughn: I Loves You Porgy
- Nina Simon: Mississippi God Damn, My Baby Just Cares
- Dinah Washington: Lover Man, At Last,
- Aretha Franklin: Natural Woman
- Nancy Wilson: Never Will I Marry
- Simone/Mc Cartney: For My Sisters (Medley)
- Dionne Warwick: Somewhere
- Shirley Bassey: History Repeating
- Sarah Vaughn: Lush Life

Carole's trio features Erwin Schmidt (p), Johannes Strasser / Uli Langthaler* (b) and Walter Grassmann (dr)

Tracks recorded during a show in nov 2005 in Joe Zawinul's Birdland