|Tags:||jazz jazz vocal swing big band piano seen live bop new age diana krall all jazz singer spotify jazz standards american songbook ernie andrews lindy-bop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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25 December 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Andrews was raised in Louisiana but by his mid-teens was living in Los Angeles where he attracted attention through singing at talent shows. He also sang with visiting bands, including Andy Kirks, and made a handful of records that were sufficiently popular to convince him that he was in the right business. Although initially leaning heavily towards ballads, sung in the currently popular fashion of Billy Eckstine, his jazz affiliation was sufficient to bring an engagement at Birdland in New York. In the 50s he recorded with Benny Carter and then spent more than five years singing with Harry James. He also recorded with Cannonball Adderley. By the 70s, and still based on the west coast, Andrews was working concerts and clubs and making occasional appearances on record, a particularly good example being a set with the Frank Capp? Nat Pierce big band, Juggernaut.
Less well known...