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For Immediate Release Vocalist Diane Witherspoon Release's New CD "Live"! Jazzweek radio add date is 8/15/16!
(Published: July 25, 2016)

"This CD Is A Precious Document Of A Brilliant Career Spanning 4 Decades" Andrew Gilbert-San Francisco Chronicle/San Jose Mercury New!

Las Vegas, Nevada, July 25th, 2016 - Las Vegas based vocalist Diane Witherspoon has released a dazzling new 12 song CD "Live" recorded at the California Jazz Conservatory on Lifeforce Jazz!

Born and raised in Minneapolis Diane Witherspoon was inspired early in life to sing from listening to her older sister Shirley Witherspoon and the recordings of Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughn. However music is deep in her family as Shirley performed with Duke Ellington for a year and her cousin is the great legendary Jimmy Witherspoon! With stock like that it's hard to miss!

While Minneapolis was the genesis for Diane, it was a 1972 move to the Bay Area that created the opportunity for her to learn from the hot jazz scene of the era with visits by Henry Threadgill and Oliver Lake when their tours stopped there. And later performed with Calvin Keys, John Handy and Bobby McFerrin among many others!

Always looking for new heights Diane moved on to Los Angeles and began working with saxophone masters Teddy Edwards, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Frank Morgan! Diane recalls from that experience "the main thing I learned was to sing like a horn, developing and interpreting music with the ear of a sax player, it's how I honed my scat chops"!

While in Los Angeles Diane was not losing site of the Bay Area where she forged a relationship with the brother and sister song writing team of John and Paula Hackett who were writing lyrics to pianist Cedar Walton compositions. That association culminated with the CD release of You May Never Know that featured Cedar Walton! On meeting Cedar Walton Diane laments "I met Cedar Walton through John and Paula Hackett. They gave me several of his tunes to learn using their lyrics. We went to hear Cedar and Billy Higgins at Milestones jazz club in San Francisco. I got the opportunity to sit in and sing with them, and Cedar was so impressed that he decided I would be great recording his tunes, Billy concurred".

With her audience loving those songs in performance Diane felt this was a great opportunity to give her old and new fans some of those great songs with this new "Live" CD!

Regarding the song selection for the new "Live" CD, Diane says "actually I chose tunes that created a variety of tempos, jazz styles, and also I added some songs from my other previous recorded Cd's. It's a formula that works for my live performances".

It "works" beautifully here on "Live" as well as Diane's very special and original voice, along with the Hacketts writing is under the spotlight with the opening tune Kenny Barron's Child's Play. Diane delivers in a soulful and soothing fashion!

Next up are two Cedar Walton compositions with Hackett lyrics and she flows gracefully through Even Steven and swings madly through Night Flight! It's on a Diane Witherspoon standard and the Teddy Edward's tune Teddy's L.A. After Dark where her voice sparkles like champagne and on Wild Is the Wind where she wraps her tender voice around the lyrics!

Whether it's the two Harry "Sweets" Edison nuggets Sweet Sounds In The Night or Centerpiece, Diane delivers with authority, emotion and conviction.

The Billy Higgins Legacy Band led by drummer Myron Cohen with bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and pianist Lee Bloom supply incredible sheets of sound for Diane Witherspoon to soar!


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