What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
It's tough, because I've been inspired all my life by visual art and literature in addition to music. But I'd have to say, in terms of my love affair with the American Songbook, there were two records I listened to early on: June Christy's Something Cool and wonderful Chicago singer Frank D'Rone's first album Joey Joey. As a young teen growing up in Chicago I listened to these till I wore them out. Something about the way the singers phrased these great lyrics, the stories inside the tunes and the jazz musicians they recorded with really resonated. I've since become friends with Frank D'Rone and have been able to tell him what his music meant to me. Sorry I never got to meet The Misty Miss Christy.
The New York Times' Nate Chinen calls Libby York "a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety" for good reason. York exudes a classic, lush life sensibility that swings gently and never goes of style—her CDs, Here With You (with guitarists Russell Malone and Howard Alden) and Sunday in New York (featuring pianist Renee Rosnes and saxophonist Frank Wess)—are proof of that. York makes her first Baltimore appearance at An die Musik this Friday (Nov 12th) at 8 & 9:30 pm. You can also hear her on Doc Manning's radio show tomorrow night at 8 pm on WEAA (88.9 FM).