I can’t believe I missed this news, but in the midst of last weekend’s Grammy madness jazz chanteuse Blossom Dearie passed away Saturday at the age of 82. There’s a part of my brain that categorizes people into ‘people who know who Blossom Dearie’ and ‘people who don’t’, and I’ve long been an admirer of her style of playing and singing ever since discovering her via my uncle Pat’s copy of Verve Jazz Masters Vol. 51 long, long ago. (An album I ended up swiping from my mom, no less. Sorry, mom!) “Blossom” was high on the list of names for my didn’t-know-it-would-be-twins daughter a few years back, and only the notion that people would think it was a Powerpuff Girl reference knocked it down below ‘Ella’.
For those of you needing a nod to your nerdy nostalgia, Dearie was a contributor to the Schoolhouse Rock series (she sang the lead on Unpack Your Adjectives and Figure 8, as well as contributing to Mother Necessity), but to my mind that’s just icing on already amazing cake. I can’t recommend her catalog highly enough, but that Verve Jazz Masters disc is a wonderful introduction. That’s been the soundtrack to many a lovely dinner at my home, and I’ll certainly be spinning it tonight.
So G’night, Blossom Dearie.