Heidi Schmidt Sings Blossom Dearie

Nov 20, 2018


Blossom Dearie was a vocalist, pianist and composer from the bebop era known for her unique voice, definitive arranging style and continent spanning career. She studied classical piano as a child, before switching to jazz as a teenager. She joined Woody Herman’s vocal group, The Blue Flames shortly after the end of World War 2; later recording for Verve Records after meeting Norman Granz in Paris. She went on to be one of the first female founders of an independent record label, Daffodil Records, which is still in existence today. A constant on film and television soundtracks, her music is still swinging into the 21st Century. Her friend Tony Bennett honored her as an early influence and Elton John recently named the piano he uses in his shows after Blossom.

Heidi Schmidt sings from the depths of her being. She has danced with gypsies, shared coffee with Bedouins, sipped tea in the House of Lords, sung jazz for Transylvanian Franciscan monks – her delivery is shaped by rich experience. Heidi launched her professional singing career in Eastern Europe, refined it touring throughout Western Europe, and produced three albums while living in Romania. Now back in hometown Denver, Heidi has won numerous awards and earned a following on the local jazz scene, singing with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Nice Work Jazz Combo and other ensembles throughout the state.

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