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February 13, 2015 Marie pays tribute to the late Eartha Kitt by performing "C'est si bon" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."
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Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.
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April 26, 2014 Performing Eartha Kitt's music, the jazz singer says, isn't just hero worship: It's a window into how power, seduction and vulnerability intertwine.
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Left to right: Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook.
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March 20, 2014 Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook are in sweet harmony with a message in this concert from the KC Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.
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December 9, 2011 Here are 10 examples of radical imagination, and radical re-imagination, in a great year for jazz.
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June 30, 2011 As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration.
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March 3, 2011 Rene Marie's new album features her revisions, from moderate to radical, of traditional American songs, plus a few standards and odds and ends. For some, it's not without controversy — but it's certainly not without rich imagination, either.
July 3, 2009 Rene Marie grew up in the segregated South, and has become one of the few jazz singers today whose talent and devotion to social issues have both won her attention. Case in point: her personal take on the national anthem.
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June 22, 2009 In the hands of many singers, "Strange Fruit" feels like a period piece, more of a memorial than a protest song. No matter what the genre, however, rare are the performers who have invested "Strange Fruit" with new meaning, fraught as it is with the legacy of America's troubled past.
April 15, 2009 Music may or may not make babies smarter. But for new parents who are passionate about music, picking the first song their children will hear upon entering the world remains of great importance. A DJ, a critic and a musician talk about what they played for their newborns.
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January 20, 2009 The story of Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" is the stuff of grade-school history books. But the song has inspired some memorable interpretations in the recent past, as each performer imbues it with a personal take on patriotism.
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