PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Broadway Big Band's Caissie Levy, Ariana DeBose, Hannah Elless, Alysha Umphress Pick Female Standards

By Michael Gioia
18 Sep 2013

Ariana DeBose: "The Nearness of You" (as performed by Nora Jones). She's just effortless! I always feel like she is smirking when I listen to her version of this great tune. While most of her first album was original tunes, her style captures the essence of everything I would want in a NYC jazz lounge.

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