I just heard her sing the most amazing medley of songs from Porgy and Bess, courtesy of WRTI, the Temple University public radio station. (My go-to station for both classical and jazz, on air or streamed on the Intertoobz.)
I don't think this is the exact same version WRTI played, but it will give you a sense of her voice, if you don't know her:
(That might not be the version WRTI played, but it's the same medley. There's another clip below the fleur-de-kos which I think is even better.)
Patti Austin (born August 10, 1950) is an American R&B, Pop and Jazz music singer. In 2008 she received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album for "Avant Gershwin" recorded mostly live with The WDR Big Band in Germany.http://en.wikipedia.org/...
Slap that bass!
Her Wikipedia page has issues, according to the PTB at Wiki:
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.But I just think she's a terrific singer, and does Gershwin as I'd rather hear him: not in the High C notes of classic sopranos, but in the lower and more entertaining range of the mezzo or alto.
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