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Birthname: Ioanna Mouskouri
Nationality: Greek
Born: Oct 13 1934


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(April 7, 2004- New York, NY) Nana Mouskouri jazzes things up with her inspired recording, Nana Swings. The idea for the disc came after the success of her cult album, Nana Mouskouri in New York, produced by Quincy Jones in 1962. By continuing to go against the grain, she shows new and old fans just how diverse the Greek songstress can be. To commemorate this new recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York will also be reissued with three never before released tracks. Both CDs will be released May 11, 2004 on Philips.

As a young girl, one of Nana's strongest musical influences came from jazz. ... Read more

(April 7, 2004- New York, NY) Nana Mouskouri jazzes things up with her inspired recording, Nana Swings. The idea for the disc came after the success of her cult album, Nana Mouskouri in New York, produced by Quincy Jones in 1962. By continuing to go against the grain, she shows new and old fans just how diverse the Greek songstress can be. To commemorate this new recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York will also be reissued with three never before released tracks. Both CDs will be released May 11, 2004 on Philips.

As a young girl, one of Nana's strongest musical influences came from jazz. While studying classical music at a conservatory, she had a secret desire to sing like artists such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. This rarely seen side of Mouskouri is best showcased on her first U.S. recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York, originally recorded in 1962. Produced by Quincy Jones with Torrie Zito conducting the backing orchestra, it's an intensely intimate collection of 12 songs of that era including; "That's My Desire," "No Moon at All" and a dazzling version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Three previously unreleased tracks- "I Get a Kick Out of You," "But Not for Me" and "Almost Like Being In Love"- round out the album to give this classic recording a new; yet, refreshing sound. A sophisticated CD for that era which still holds the test of time, Nana Mouskouri in New York shows a confident side of the artist whose glorious career continues to thrive.

Fast forward to 2002, Mouskouri was asked to perform and record with The Berlin Radio Big Band at the Jazzopen Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The performance was arranged and conducted by Ralf Schmid where it was recorded live in front of an enthusiastic crowd who embraced this swinging, spirited side of Mouskouri. The decision to go back to her early love of jazz music resulted in an outstanding new album, Nana Swings. This recording contains 17 jazz standards such as "Over the Rainbow," "Black Coffee," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Nana Mouskouri is one of the best-selling female artists in the world with an unprecedented track record spanning several decades. Awarded more than 350 gold and platinum records, Mouskouri works effortlessly as a Goodwill Ambassador and Special Representative for UNICEF, helping to promote their fundraising efforts around the world devoted exclusively to helping children. In 2003, Nana was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Arion Greek Awards held in Athens, Greece. Her most recent recording, The Christmas Album, was released on Philips in October 2003.

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(April 7, 2004- New York, NY) Nana Mouskouri jazzes things up with her inspired recording, Nana Swings. The idea for the disc came after the success of her cult album, Nana Mouskouri in New York, produced by Quincy Jones in 1962. By continuing to go against the grain, she shows new and old fans just how diverse the Greek songstress can be. To commemorate this new recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York will also be reissued with three never before released tracks. Both CDs will be released May 11, 2004 on Philips.

As a young girl, one of Nana's strongest musical influences came from jazz. While studying classical music at a conservatory, she had a secret desire to sing like artists such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. This rarely seen side of Mouskouri is best showcased on her first U.S. recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York, originally recorded in 1962. Produced by Quincy Jones with Torrie Zito conducting the backing orchestra, it's an intensely intimate collection of 12 songs of that era including; "That's My Desire," "No Moon at All" and a dazzling version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Three previously unreleased tracks- "I Get a Kick Out of You," "But Not for Me" and "Almost Like Being In Love"- round out the album to give this classic recording a new; yet, refreshing sound. A sophisticated CD for that era which still holds the test of time, Nana Mouskouri in New York shows a confident side of the artist whose glorious career continues to thrive.

Fast forward to 2002, Mouskouri was asked to perform and record with The Berlin Radio Big Band at the Jazzopen Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The performance was arranged and conducted by Ralf Schmid where it was recorded live in front of an enthusiastic crowd who embraced this swinging, spirited side of Mouskouri. The decision to go back to her early love of jazz music resulted in an outstanding new album, Nana Swings. This recording contains 17 jazz standards such as "Over the Rainbow," "Black Coffee," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Nana Mouskouri is one of the best-selling female artists in the world with an unprecedented track record spanning several decades. Awarded more than 350 gold and platinum records, Mouskouri works effortlessly as a Goodwill Ambassador and Special Representative for UNICEF, helping to promote their fundraising efforts around the world devoted exclusively to helping children. In 2003, Nana was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Arion Greek Awards held in Athens, Greece. Her most recent recording, The Christmas Album, was released on Philips in October 2003.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

(April 7, 2004- New York, NY) Nana Mouskouri jazzes things up with her inspired recording, Nana Swings. The idea for the disc came after the success of her cult album, Nana Mouskouri in New York, produced by Quincy Jones in 1962. By continuing to go against the grain, she shows new and old fans just how diverse the Greek songstress can be. To commemorate this new recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York will also be reissued with three never before released tracks. Both CDs will be released May 11, 2004 on Philips.

As a young girl, one of Nana's strongest musical influences came from jazz. While studying classical music at a conservatory, she had a secret desire to sing like artists such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. This rarely seen side of Mouskouri is best showcased on her first U.S. recording, Nana Mouskouri in New York, originally recorded in 1962. Produced by Quincy Jones with Torrie Zito conducting the backing orchestra, it's an intensely intimate collection of 12 songs of that era including; "That's My Desire," "No Moon at All" and a dazzling version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Three previously unreleased tracks- "I Get a Kick Out of You," "But Not for Me" and "Almost Like Being In Love"- round out the album to give this classic recording a new; yet, refreshing sound. A sophisticated CD for that era which still holds the test of time, Nana Mouskouri in New York shows a confident side of the artist whose glorious career continues to thrive.

Fast forward to 2002, Mouskouri was asked to perform and record with The Berlin Radio Big Band at the Jazzopen Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The performance was arranged and conducted by Ralf Schmid where it was recorded live in front of an enthusiastic crowd who embraced this swinging, spirited side of Mouskouri. The decision to go back to her early love of jazz music resulted in an outstanding new album, Nana Swings. This recording contains 17 jazz standards such as "Over the Rainbow," "Black Coffee," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Nana Mouskouri is one of the best-selling female artists in the world with an unprecedented track record spanning several decades. Awarded more than 350 gold and platinum records, Mouskouri works effortlessly as a Goodwill Ambassador and Special Representative for UNICEF, helping to promote their fundraising efforts around the world devoted exclusively to helping children. In 2003, Nana was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Arion Greek Awards held in Athens, Greece. Her most recent recording, The Christmas Album, was released on Philips in October 2003.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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