Abbe Buck, vocalist / Blog

From Jazz Lives: May 13, 2013


Posted on May 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

A note from JAZZ LIVES’ friend, singer Abbe Buck — someone whose enthusiasm for swinging music is real. I’d asked her to say something about herself: Dear Michael, I sang in New York in the late 1980s, and surprisingly, am leaving sleepy Virginia to sing in NYC. Even then I sang music from the 1920s and 1930s. I did supper club, piano bar and light jazz, the kind of songs that Sylvia Syms sang with the great pianist Art Tatum in the 1940s, or that Lee Wiley sang with her then-husband, pianist Jess Stacy. My choice of music remains rock solid. I was mentored for a time by the late, great Rosemary Clooney, whom I met at WOR radio when I was a Manager of Clearance Communications for Sid Marks “The Sounds of Sinatra”. I knew Rosemary for over ten years until her death. I was also on the Board of the Socierty of Singers, Chapter East in 2000-2002, under the aegis of the later Sy Kravitz (Lenny’s father) and Mercedes Ellington. My love of vocalists, whom I consider teachers of song, has stuck with me through the years. I like to stay true to the way that each song was written. I adore Lee Wiley and her rendition of “Manhattan.” Her husky tones enthrall me. I so love Mildred Bailey and her high trill. I love singing “All of Me” with her in mind. “Seems Like Old Times” and “If I had You” remind me of Her Nibs Miss Georgia Gibbs and Miss Connee Boswell’s sound. The songs are lovely and simple, and perfect for a gal singer. “Deed I Do” and It’s the Talk of the Town” were done early and later by Helen Humes, who also had a higher register, which many singers had in the 1930s and 1940s, but did convey a story every time she sang. She also sang and was famous for her blues, and did a rollicking rendition with a big band of “You’re Driving me Crazy” that knocks me out! I love Helen Humes’ singing with Count Basie so much! I have some of my own renditions of “If I Had You,” “Seems Like Old Times” and “You’re Driving Me Crazy” on YouTube. Going to the Metropolitan Room is like a homecoming. My pianist has a sound like Art Tatum on many numbers. My bass player has a clean, 1930s style, and my sax is a soprano. Who can ask for anything more? I think you certainly might want to check out her YouTube videos, visit her Facebook page, and make your way to the Metropolitan Room for her appearance there on Sunday, May 19, at 9:30. Here’s the information about her gig. May your happiness increase!

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jonnybogue | May 15, 2013 at 2:38 AM |

Your “sax is a soprano?” I suppose you mean your saxophonist plays soprano. Why not mention the backing musicians’ names? You might get a better turnout.

A Touch of 40'S Glamour and Class: Abbe Buck, Jazz and Swing Vocalist


Abbe Buck, vocalist

Miss Abbe Buck is a Band Singer / Cabaret / Jazz Singer-stylist. Knows genres hands-down. Working clubs, weddings, events, charities, benefits. She supports musicians and performers. Her interests are in Music Therapy, the Society of Singers, Musicians on Call, Musicares. About the Artist: Abbe Buck, a native Chicagoan, began to listen to the big bands of Woody Herman and Gene Krupa in Junior High. She began voice training at age 10 and singing professionally (and playing slide trombone) while in 9th grade. Buck had subsequently worked with several big bands including the Marie Landis Big Band in Philadelphia. Buck revisited her love of singers and songs in her early 30's, during a chance meeting with the late, great Rosemary Clooney. She claims that she learned how to sing all over again by listening to the phrasing and ''storytelling'' on the albums of Miss Clooney and other singers of her era; It was at the urging of Miss Clooney that Abbe Buck record ''Big Band Swing and Saloon Style, the songs from a bygone era”, which remains a seller on Amazon.com: www.abbebuck.com/amazon.html ( AMAZON Editorial Reviews...Abbe Buck's ''Songs from a Bygone Era'' celebrate the true ''swing'' idiom ...traditional jazz...pop...) Buck takes where she learned how to sing very seriously. She has been a board member of The Society of Singers'', a non-profit organization with headquarters in Los Angeles. ''SOS'' dedicated to assisting vocalists who are in their twilight years or are infirm, who have never received royalities for recording during the big band or rock and roll eras. Proceeds from Buck’s CD ''Big Band Swing and Saloon Style'' go directly to SOS. ''One wish I have is to keep this music alive --after all, it is our history. It must pass on and be enjoyed by new generations." Today, Abbe Buck is interested in helping those heal who will benefit through the power of music through Music Therapy. She is currently studying to be a Music Therapist at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association “Music, bridging all eras, plays a vital significant role in all of our lives. Music will aid us when we or a loved one are ill, or experience a life altering trauma. Music Heals." She says. Buck is equally comfortable in a room of 25 or an audience of 2500 + plus. Big or small, she lives to entertain. She calls herself, “the last of the throwbacks” from the days of the Hollywood Palace, when entertaining as well as the voice meant something to the audience. “My audience, they need to go away happy. When I was a little girl, I was mesmerized when I saw someone like Streisand or Judy Garland. I was always happy after they performed. It has always been my goal to have the audience feel that good.” This is what Miss Buck strives to do every time she sings. And she does it. Abbe Buck mainly performs with Edmond Charles on keyboard and his jazz combo, staffed with talented musicians of alto saxophone, trumpet, upright bass and drums. Abbe seeks to work with musicians that have a traditional jazz vibe, that hark back to the days of Anita O’Day and Carmen McRae. “I seek to keep an era alive that is leaving us very quickly. Ed and evoke this era of the 1940s through the 1960s. It is very important to communicate the music to thepast and future generations, to reach our audiences, to evoke the feelings they used to feel and can go on feeling.” Abbe Buck lives in Fredericksburg, VA, with husband Skitch, son Eugene and dog Atlas.