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Los Alamitos singer’s style is classic      Buy CD

The Orange County Register - September 29, 2002 By Steve Eddy

“Write this name down: Soraya Shaw.

“It’s not in common household use, but that could well change, and fast.”

“Shaw, of Los Alamitos, just released her first jazz CD, “Daydreams,” on the Alpha Lyrae Records label.  But jazz is just one part of Shaw’s ouevre.

She began piano lessons at age 4 under the tutelage of her composer grandmother.  Classical voice studies ensued at around 11, as did an interest in jazz (brother Alex is a horn man).

A graduate of St. Louis University, Shaw has performed Schubert, Brahms, Mozart and Bach.

So how do you do jazz when your voice has the power to fill an opera house?

“I whisper,” said Shaw, cantor at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress as well as for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.”  It’s my voice, but I m really singing very softly.  I don t want to classify myself.  I don t feel like either a jazz singer or a classical singer.”

Shaw, who herself teaches voice and piano, is an obvious admirer of Duke Ellington, with numerous cuts on the CD penned by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  And her approach fits the music like a comfy, snug glove.

The opening cut, “Daydream,” immediately displays the singer’s range and chops, her pure, sweet, expressive voice soaring over a light Latin rhythm.  “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” is jaunty and jovial, while “Caravan” is more on the intense, soulful side.

Add some non-Ellington items, like Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and a most sensual “Body and Soul,” and you have a first- rate, quite refined effort.”



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