April 28th: Jeri Southern – Nobody’s Heart

Jeri Southern is largely forgotten today. Active throughout the 50s, she turned her back on the music business in the early 60s and worked as a piano and vocal coach. Her best recordings are her early ones with small groups when she generally accompanied herself at the piano (as here with Dave Barbour on guitar). She could swing with the best Рand play subtly with both melody and time Рbut her intimate style was probably shown at its best on ballads. There’s no emoting here but she still manages to ring all the pathos out of this Rodgers and Hart number from By Jupiter.