I am not the kind of person who has opinions about jazz. But there are a few things I think I’ll never tire of hearing: “Well You Needn’t,” “So What,” and just about anything sung and played by Blossom Dearie. If it is possible at all to belt out a song delicately, it was possible only for her. Mrs. Q and I were lucky enough to see her play once, probably around 2000, in the strange Thai restaurant / jazz club that served as her regular stage in New York.
Here she performs the Dave Frishberg classic “I’m Hip” (no video)
A TV appearance, singing “Surrey with the Fringe on the Top”:
And what might be her most famous vocal performance, “Figure Eight” from Schoolhouse Rock: