One Night of Sin

Mary Bogue

One Night of Sin delivers grit, sex, soul, tenderness, regret and love from Living Jazz Legend Mary Bogue and L.A.'s finest musicians; Karen Hernandez (piano), Brad Bobo (bass guitar), Jack LeCompte (drums) & Rickey Woodard (tenor sax).

The first time I heard Karen Hernandez on keys, I about fell out. She had Les McCann riffs, and Gene Harris style, while being all Karen. She’s a beautiful soul, and talented beyond belief. . Her resume is astounding, and Les McCann calls her his favorite pianist.

Bringing it on home on bass guitar is Brad Bobo, whose discography includes Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Eddie Harris, Linda Hopkins, Nancy Wilson, and now me. Pinch me, someone. You’ll find the ever cool Jack Le Compte keeping time. I adore Jack, well everyone in L.A. does. He’s a dream to work with, always putting the singers first, laying back and never making a big deal for himself. He’s grace and steel. I love his stick work. On tenor sax is my very favorite sax man, Rickey Woodard. Our call and response on “Don’t Explain” will knock you out. I am the luckiest singer ever. ALL the talents on this CD are Living Legends of Jazz. How about that!

And shout outs to cabaret icon Marilyn Maye who along with the great Billy Stritch changed the tempo and style on “Don’t Explain.” Finally, my dear friend, the great Linda Hopkins has a part on this CD too. When I first met her, she heard me sing at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill and then told me I should sing her song, “I’m Going to Cry You Right Out.” I was both nervous and excited to perform for her the next time we met. She cried some happy tears, giving me the greatest compliment ever, “Honey, you sing that song better than I ever did!” Let’s leave it there

Big love to my dear friend Steve Rawlins. This is our third recording collaboration. He is an astonishing arranger, musician, composer, producer, father and grandfather. And he always has my back.

Thank you to all whose energy uplifted and enhanced this work. I just want to say that I hope you enjoy One Night of Sin with me, and when you’re done, go ahead and have One Night of Sin with your significant other. Fall on your knees and confess it all. Love is all there is.

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Blue Smoke

Mary Bogue

Imagine a smoldering love affair, a dark alley, a taxi cab, rain, the memory of being pressed up against a brick building and being kissed with so much soul as to leave you jittery and longing for more. That is Blue Smoke. And then more.

Blue Smoke invites you to unwind, let your backbone slip, and surrender to love. This work was a magical journey honing decades of work by masterful musicians, Living Legends of Jazz in L.A., born from the fires of life experiences. Hear the iconic wail of Nolan Shaheed's trumpet, the sounds heard of a New York jazz piano masterfully played by Steve Rawlins, that makes you stay a little longer, and perhaps order that next Manhattan while your imagination takes you to dark alleys, women in trench coats red-painted lips and wool fedoras, a glance at you from over the top of a cocktail glass and the invitation of greater things to come. Think Film Noir, dark, sexy, quickened heartbeats and love. Come on in, sit down, put your feet up and close your eyes. It's the end of the day and the night belongs to you.

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Don't Go to Strangers

Mary Bogue

Who knows how, but Mary snagged the iconic Les McCann as Creative Consultant and Guest Vocalist, the finest L.A. jazz musicians to swing on the standards, blues, and a couple of "message" songs from the 70's, and created a musical masterpiece.

When the great blues diva, Linda Hopkins heard Mary Bogue sing a song of hers, she told everyone around, "You sang that song better than I ever did. You were bluesy and wonderful, and you sang it nice and slow!" High praise from an amazing talent! And when Los Angeles blues mega-talent Barbara Morrison heard Mary belt, she made her one of her "Official Blues Mamas." CabaretScenes Magazine said her performance "nearly blew the roof off with electrifying performance," and referred to her music as sexy and sassy. Holding nothing back, they had previously said "Bogue is a big woman with a big talent — a kind of throwback to the “red-hot mamas” of another era who could belt with the best of them, then pull back and score on a solid heartbreaker of a song." But hey, that was so last week. Check out these liner notes from the extraordinary L.A. Jazz Program Host, Bubba Jackson of KKJZ FM88.1 and make up your own mind.

"Passion comes from a personal wellspring of emotional feeling about something, something that comes from deep inside of you and finds its way to your voice. That voice is Mary Bogue. Mary’s selection of tunes are portraits of times gone by, yet they live in her positive attitude about “something” that sets her free; free to embrace life and what it brings. She has lived a remarkable life with her feet planted firmly on planet earth.

On the journey to this release she was no stranger to the world of film, TV and then art. (Her portrayal of Mae West is astounding.) Mary and her late husband shared a dream. When it ended she climbed out of her grief and learned to embrace life through oil paints. This was just the beginning of her passage in the world of art. Her imaginative paintings and watercolors have done her well. Then, just as she picked up her brushes, Ms. Bogue picked up the microphone to sing. And sing she did! That musical journey has been remarkable. In a short period of time the Los Angeles jazz scene found a great new voice in town and embraced her with a lot of love.

Mary is a reflection of the Ladies of Jazz who set the bar with distinction. Each song mirrors her love of musical standards that swings and rejoices in the blues. Songs that are standards like “Don’t Go to Strangers,” “Mood Indigo” and “Black Coffee/Heartbreak Hotel” have become Mary’s “tour de force,” drenched in a healthy appreciation of the blues. She approaches her songs with a fresh understanding of the lyrics. I quote, "...Hell, I didn't just sing “Heartbreak Hotel,” I was a resident!” And you will enjoy her seductive rendering of the title track. Listen to the call and response with Les McCann on “Hot, Strong & Black,” and feel her humor. Mary Bogue is a compilation of yesterday’s divas swinging today in real time. She is the real deal!

She is supported by artists who swing with a down home sense of the jazz vernacular. Karen Hernandez with her piano solo on the title track amazes, while Nolan Shaheed on flugelhorn and trumpet transcends the sky on “Sack Full Of Dreams.” Rickey Woodard’s solo on “Blue Champagne” floats on a cloud. Add the masterful licks of bassists Jim DeJulio and Lou Shoch, drummer Jack LeCompte, and other fine artists - all guided by gifted producer, arranger and pianist Steve Rawlins and creative consultant Les McCann – and, well, you can hear their chemistry.

Mary Bogue came to this CD with a vision. She built her dream to the jazz stars long enough to realize they have no expiration dates. Says Mary, “Once you share a dream, you’re no longer strangers – only like-spirited souls who have yet to meet.” “Don’t Go To Strangers” is a modern-day journey back to that place in time when we shared hope, peace, and love and dared to dream for the ultimate good of everyone. Enjoy this dream come true! " Bubba Jackson Program Host KKJZ FM88.1 BWB Breezin’ With Bubba

Well, there you have it. You might want to buy your own copy and a spare. Just sayin'.

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Don't Go to Strangers

Mary Bogue

Who knows how, but Mary snagged the iconic Les McCann as Creative Consultant and Guest Vocalist, the finest L.A. jazz musicians to swing on the standards, blues, and a couple of "message" songs from the 70's, and created a musical masterpiece.

When the great blues diva, Linda Hopkins heard Mary Bogue sing a song of hers, she told everyone around, "You sang that song better than I ever did. You were bluesy and wonderful, and you sang it nice and slow!" High praise from an amazing talent! And when Los Angeles blues mega-talent Barbara Morrison heard Mary belt, she made her one of her "Official Blues Mamas." CabaretScenes Magazine said her performance "nearly blew the roof off with electrifying performance," and referred to her music as sexy and sassy. Holding nothing back, they had previously said "Bogue is a big woman with a big talent — a kind of throwback to the “red-hot mamas” of another era who could belt with the best of them, then pull back and score on a solid heartbreaker of a song." But hey, that was so last week. Check out these liner notes from the extraordinary L.A. Jazz Program Host, Bubba Jackson of KKJZ FM88.1 and make up your own mind.

"Passion comes from a personal wellspring of emotional feeling about something, something that comes from deep inside of you and finds its way to your voice. That voice is Mary Bogue. Mary’s selection of tunes are portraits of times gone by, yet they live in her positive attitude about “something” that sets her free; free to embrace life and what it brings. She has lived a remarkable life with her feet planted firmly on planet earth.

On the journey to this release she was no stranger to the world of film, TV and then art. (Her portrayal of Mae West is astounding.) Mary and her late husband shared a dream. When it ended she climbed out of her grief and learned to embrace life through oil paints. This was just the beginning of her passage in the world of art. Her imaginative paintings and watercolors have done her well. Then, just as she picked up her brushes, Ms. Bogue picked up the microphone to sing. And sing she did! That musical journey has been remarkable. In a short period of time the Los Angeles jazz scene found a great new voice in town and embraced her with a lot of love.

Mary is a reflection of the Ladies of Jazz who set the bar with distinction. Each song mirrors her love of musical standards that swings and rejoices in the blues. Songs that are standards like “Don’t Go to Strangers,” “Mood Indigo” and “Black Coffee/Heartbreak Hotel” have become Mary’s “tour de force,” drenched in a healthy appreciation of the blues. She approaches her songs with a fresh understanding of the lyrics. I quote, "...Hell, I didn't just sing “Heartbreak Hotel,” I was a resident!” And you will enjoy her seductive rendering of the title track. Listen to the call and response with Les McCann on “Hot, Strong & Black,” and feel her humor. Mary Bogue is a compilation of yesterday’s divas swinging today in real time. She is the real deal!

She is supported by artists who swing with a down home sense of the jazz vernacular. Karen Hernandez with her piano solo on the title track amazes, while Nolan Shaheed on flugelhorn and trumpet transcends the sky on “Sack Full Of Dreams.” Rickey Woodard’s solo on “Blue Champagne” floats on a cloud. Add the masterful licks of bassists Jim DeJulio and Lou Shoch, drummer Jack LeCompte, and other fine artists - all guided by gifted producer, arranger and pianist Steve Rawlins and creative consultant Les McCann – and, well, you can hear their chemistry.

Mary Bogue came to this CD with a vision. She built her dream to the jazz stars long enough to realize they have no expiration dates. Says Mary, “Once you share a dream, you’re no longer strangers – only like-spirited souls who have yet to meet.” “Don’t Go To Strangers” is a modern-day journey back to that place in time when we shared hope, peace, and love and dared to dream for the ultimate good of everyone. Enjoy this dream come true! " Bubba Jackson Program Host KKJZ FM88.1 BWB Breezin’ With Bubba

Well, there you have it. You might want to buy your own copy and a spare. Just sayin'.

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