Review of “JazzDance” by Scott Yanow

Rocio Guitard, a very versatile singer and a highly respected educator based in the San Francisco Bay area, recorded JazzDance for two specific reasons. While her earlier recordings, Mosaique and Windmills, found her singing her originals in styles that included pop, World Music, jazz and soul, JazzDance features her transforming jazz standards into new music. In addition to the love that she feels for jazz, Ms. Guitard felt that many jazz musicians were doing themselves a disservice by playing overly intellectual music for other musicians, by not seeming to have fun when they played, and not bothering to involve the audience. Unlike during the swing era, jazz listeners are expected to sit still and be quiet. Continue reading