Trumpeter and Vocalist “Tasty” Stacy Rowles

It astounds me how many stellar musicians are in the world, many of whom often go unrecognized, their sound drowned out by the giant war drums of big studios pushing the latest teen pop. That’s partly what makes discovery so sweet. Well, bittersweet.

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Here are some clips of just such a musician, trumpeter and vocalist, Stacy Rowles. Just so you know, the nickname  “Tasty” isn’t Ms. Rowles’s actual nickname (I made it up), but it should be. She uses space in tasty ways, and from the little I’ve heard so far, she was capable of blowing some bop, too. Not only that, she’s got a sweet, sort of shy voice. She passed away in 2009 from complications from a car crash, but before that she appeared on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland:

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Stacy Rowles once wrote a note to her father, pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, stating: “Dear Dad, if you buy me a flugelhorn, I’ll play the [expletive] out of it.” Indeed she did, and she picked up singing, as well. A longtime mainstay on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Rowles worked with the all-female quintet the Jazzbirds, led by the late multi-instrumentalist Betty O’Hara, as well as the Jazz Tap Ensemble and the DIVA Big Band.

This episode of Piano Jazz — with Rowles, bassist Todd Warrington and host Marian McPartland — is presented in her memory.

The trio opens the session with “There Is No Greater Love,” an upbeat tune that suits the bright yet mellow tone of Rowles’ flugelhorn. She then puts the horn aside to deliver a smoky vocal in “When the Stars Come Out at Night,” a little-known Ray Nobel tune and a favorite of her late father.

Here’s a pictorial tribute to Ms. Rowles. Such sweet playing and singing on the tune Me and the Moon.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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