Last night on CBC’s The National, I watched a piece on Nikki Yanofsky, a twelve-year-old singer from Montreal. She’s a jazz singer, and apparently the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Check out this little montage:
And I was impressed by the seventeen year old white girl from Dover? That jazz singing comes from the most unlikely of places. There’s always the danger of her becoming a bit of a freak show, but the CBC piece suggested that her parents were her head straight.
I’m not jazz aficionado, but she sounds like she’s got more soul at twelve than the likes of Norah Jones or Diana Krall have at twice or three times her age.