Musical Moments: John Brancy, Sarah Vaughan, and John McCormack

Some Friday night musical glories to usher out the week:

First fine young baritone, John Brancy, singing a moving version of “Danny Boy,” arranged by his accompanist Peter Dugan.


Next the incomparable Sarah Vaughan, doing “Misty,” the classic by Errol Gardner.


and finally, the great John McCormack, with “Il mio tesoro” from Don Giovanni.


A Beautiful Song: Sarah Vaughan

Five minutes you won’t regret spending on YouTube if you are a fan of wonderful singing (operatic, jazz or otherwise). Sarah Vaughan singing Errol Gardner’s “Misty.” Yes, I know she had the most operatic voice of any jazz singer, and that’s perhaps what first drew me to her, but her way with a lyric, her style as a singer, and that ardent restraint keep me listening.

(And she had a cold, which you can tell–and still gives a performance like this!)

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