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Mel Torme

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Born: September 13, 1925; Chicago, IL   Died: June 5, 1999; Los Angeles, CA  
Mel Tormé was a genuine Renaissance man -- one of the top jazz singers of the last third of the century but also a superb writer, a good arranger, a more-than-competent drummer, a songwriter with a number of standards to his credit, a versatile actor, and a most engaging raconteur. Known in his youth as the "Velvet Fog" for his high, murky, sustained vocals, Tormé gradually developed into a first-class jazz baritone with great scatting ability, Read more superb control, and a sophisticated way with ballads. Indeed, his voice actually grew stronger and more flexible in his later years, shedding old mannerisms and developing an ever-more-powerful sense of swing. Though Tormé notes that it took him an agonizingly long time to write them, his arrangements for orchestra and big band are sonorous and intelligently conceived. Furthermore, Tormé was probably as fine a writer as he was a singer; his autobiography, It Wasn't All Velvet; his memoir of Judy Garland, The Other Side of the Rainbow; and his biography of his friend Buddy Rich, Traps, the Drum Wonder, are compulsively readable, chatty, and full of insight. At 19, he also assured himself of immortality by co-writing "The Christmas Song," which in the wake of Nat "King" Cole's 1946 hit record has become an imperishable holiday standard. Amidst several parallel careers in show business and literature, Torme still continued to refine his vocal abilities through the decades. Read less
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    Christmas Lullabies / Charlotte De Rothschild, Danielle Perrett
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7095 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edmund Rubbra,  Peter Warlock,  Roger Quilter,  Thomas Dunhill  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte De Rothschild,  Danielle Perrett
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    Christmas Star & A Christmas Festival / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 306 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Mel Torme  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Williams,  Andrew Williams,  Melanie Marshall,  Clara Sanabras  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  Cambridge Symphony Orchestra,  Farnham Youth Choir  ... 
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    Christmas Time Is Here / Canadian Brass
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30027 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vince Guaraldi,  Traditional,  Christopher Coletti,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Caleb Hudson,  Chris Coletti,  Eric Reed  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Home For The Holidays
    Label: Universal Music Enterprises   Catalog: 001740802 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Reker,  Freya Cremers,  Marcel Falize,  Jennifer Kowalski  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Home For The Holidays / Andre Rieu
    Label: Hip-o Records   Catalog: 001740609 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Roger Miller,  Howard Blake,  Frank Steijns  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Falize,  Marcel Falize,  Ward Vlasveld,  Boris Goldenblank  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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    Horns for the Holidays / Junkin, Dallas Wind
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 126 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Wasson,  Leroy Anderson,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  David Lovrien  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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    Label: Heather Poduska   Catalog: 5637866276 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Barbara Mandrell,  Katherine K. Davis,  Traditional,  Walter Kent  ... 
    Performer:  Elaine Purcell,  Heather Poduska
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    Label: Cpe Productions   Catalog: 5637869607 Release Date: 11/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Mel Torme,  Christian Elliott,  Fred Bock  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Elliott
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    Holidays On The Harp
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 92118 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Jay Livingston  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller,  Annie Benjamin
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    New Orleans Christmas Carol / Ellis Marsalis
    Label: Elm Records   Catalog: 19790 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Katherine K. Davis,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Roman Skakun,  Jason Marsalis,  Bill Huntington,  Ellis Marsalis  ... 
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    King's Singers Christmas
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Michael Praetorius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Wonderland of Christmas / Andre Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96970 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Marks,  James Pierpont,  John Frederic Coots,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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    The Colors Of Christmas / John Rutter, Bach Choir, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001609202 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry Walford Davies,  Lowell Mason  ... 
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    Jon Zorn: A Dreamers Christmas - Limited Edition Vinyl LP
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 6002 Release Date: 10/11/2011  
    Composer:  Mel Torme,  John Zorn
    Performer:  Marc Ribot,  Jamie Saft,  Mike Patton,  Cyro Baptista  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dreamers
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    A Steinway Christmas Album
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30005 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Traditional,  Gregory Sullivan Isaacs  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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    Sound The Bells - A Holiday Celebration / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 62182 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Traditional,  Randol Bass,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band
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    An Appalachian Christmas / Mark O'connor, Renee Fleming, Sharon Isbin, Alison Krauss
    Label: Omac   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mel Torme,  Leroy Anderson,  Mykola Dmytrovich Leontov,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Edgar Meyer,  Mark O'Connor,  Jane Monheit,  Mark O'Connor  ... 
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    Instrumental Music For Christmas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 9.00104 Release Date: 12/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Katherine K. Davis,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Performer:  Gloria Whitney,  Nancy Baun,  John Eaken
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Eaken Piano Trio
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    The Magic Of Christmas / Quartetto Gelato
    Label: Linus   Catalog: 270126 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Various,  Mel Torme,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Gelato
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    The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year / Natalie Cole, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5042001 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg,  Traditional,  Eddie Pola,  David Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Cole
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 001375109 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Katherine K. Davis,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Mel Torme
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
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    Christmas Songs / Alin, Orphei Drangar
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1833 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Mel Torme,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
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  • 24.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001365700 Release Date: 11/23/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  Eric Levi,  Pietro Yon,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Katherine Jenkins,  Reba McEntire,  Mary J. Blige  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001343702 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  John Francis Wade,  James Pierpont,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  David Foster,  Courtney Blooding,  Dean Parks  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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