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Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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Tammy McCann says that improvisation was the "hardest thing in the world to do coming from classical to jazz." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tammy McCann says that improvisation was the "hardest thing in the world to do coming from classical to jazz."

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Vocalist Tammy McCann discovered jazz while she was an opera student in her native Chicago. She decided to apply her considerable vocal range to a broad palette of musical styles, touring as a backup singer for Ray Charles and with her own successful gospel ensemble. That extensive vocal background crosses genres, too, as she tells host Jon Weber: "A little secret between just you and I: I use some of my classical melody lines for scat."

Here, Weber accompanies McCann in "Daydream," "Why Was I Born" and "Easy Living."

Set List

"Daydream" (E.K. Ellington, J. LaTouche, B. Strayhorn)

"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (L. Hart, R. Rodgers)

"Jenny Rebecca" (B. Streisand)

"For Sentimental Reasons" (W. Best, D. Watson)

"But Not For Me" (G. & I. Gershwin)

"Send in the Clowns" (S. Sondheim)

"Why Was I Born" (J. Kern, O. Hammerstein)

"Easy Living" (L. Robin, R. Rainger)