Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Following upon the success of Lily Swings, Lily Frost continues her exploration of the American songbook. Infectious and charming are the best words to describe this album. Backed by a great band and arrangements that recall the heyday of swing - with just a hint of western swing, Lily blends a period feel with a contemporary sensibility. This recording appeals to both veteran jazz fans and a young contemporary audience. 

Lily was featured on Michael Feinstein's Song Travels on National Public Radio http://etvradio.org/post/lily-frost-song-travels performing songs from both Too Hot For Words, and Lily Swings. 

Singer-songwriter Lily Frost occupies a very special place on the Canadian music landscape. With eight albums to her credit, she blends elements of rock, jazz, tango, film noir, French chanson and swing. Lily fled the nest at age 18 to study jazz in Montreal. One serendipitous day, while flipping through sheet music at a record store, she was asked to

audition for a band, The Sheiks. Lily joined them on stage the very next night. The Sheiks covered songs from the 1920's, doing Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Big Mama Thornton, while also giving Lily a trial-by-fire education of the blues. From that first performance, Lily was drawn to the stage and has never looked back. Meanwhile, back at university, Lily found herself restless. She was anxious to make records and hit the road. Consequently, during exam week, she found herself traveling in a rickety van to The New Orleans Jazz Fest with a bunch of French garage rockers.

Instead of going back for her third year, she accepted an offer to sing in Cairo for six months. Returning to Canada, she settled in Vancouver where legendary rockabilly star, Ray Condo asked her to be the featured vocalist in his group, The Swinging Dukes. Lily sang with The Swinging Dukes for a few months until Ray told her, "You gotta get your own thing going, kid". Lily Swings, her tribute to Ray Condo, was released on Marquis in 2008.

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