December 16, 2017

Laura Fygi, Dutch Jazz Singer

Happy 60th Birthday to Jazz Vocalist Laura Fygi

If you love jazz vocals, let me introduce you to Laura Fygi who celebrated her 60th birthday on August 27. The daughter of a Dutch father and an Egyptian mother, she spent some of her childhood in Uruguay so she was raised to be an internationalist.

In 1984, she started out in a popular Dutch all-girl band called Centerfold where the members wore lingerie and were big in Europe and Japan. When that folded, she started a short-lived band called The Backlot. At the same time, Mercury Records asked her to do a solo album with famous Belgian musician “Toots” Thielemans where jazz was the predominant style. Her jazz vocal career took off and she has been on the radar of jazz aficionados world-wide ever since.

She has recorded wonderful material from the American, French and Latin Songbooks including the songs The Best Is Yet To Come, Triste and Autumn Leaves.

Besides singing in French and Spanish, she and I share another small thing: we have both performed at the Paradiso, a storied music venue in Amsterdam which has hosted The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Adele, Pink Floyd among many other pop, jazz and classical performers. I sang and played original compositions for a modern classical chamber music concert at the Paradiso.

Back to Laura Fygi, her performances can be found on youtube and her recordings on itunes and Amazon. Check out her Volons Vers la Lune, in other words known as Fly Me To the Moon. Fantastique!

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