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A top jazz singer from Holland, Soesja Citroen has a high wistful voice, a cool but emotional style, and she is expert at placing notes in the perfect spots. Although in the past she recorded tribute albums to Thelonious Monk and Fred Astaire, on Don't Cry Baby she contributed all 16 selections, both the words and the music. The lyrics are in English and she sings without any real accent. The words are intelligent and deal with such subject matter as melancholy love affairs, the joy of early jazz, a remembrance of a drizzly day, the infectious thrill of dancing to a samba, and a humorous look at plastic surgery. With proper exposure, a few of these songs could become standards in the future, so singers looking for fresh material are particularly advised to explore this ballad-oriented collection.


Born: The Hague, The Netherlands

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Although not well known in the U.S., Soesja Citroen is among Holland's top jazz singers and has commanded a lot of respect in European jazz circles. Her influences include Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, among others, and she is an expressive interpreter of lyrics as well as a talented composer/lyricist. Though Dutch is her native language, Citroen's English is excellent--and she sings with only a slight trace of a Dutch accent. The vocalist was born and raised in...
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