About the Artist
Rebecca Parris has performed jazz for nearly two decades, having produced over ten CDs. Admired by vocal icons Shirley Horn and Sarah Vaughan, Rebecca is known for her ability to convey a song's underlying emotion through masterful phrasing and the infusion of feeling. She has an inherent sense of swing and musical structure, lending authenticity to her improvisations. You cannot listen to Parris for more than a few moments without being startled by her talent - startled by the range and subtlety and power of her voice. "I hear a little Carmen McRae when I listen to Rebecca," says Ron DellaChiesa, the jazz disk jockey at WGBH in Boston. "And a little Sarah Vaughan. I think she's on that level. Her phrasing is what is most extraordinary. She never sings a song the same way twice in a row." The fact is, Parris is a practitioner - a guardian, one might say - of an art form that is becoming scarce; an artist preserving a great American tradition more for its own sake than for her own glory or profit.