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Hilary Gardner Drops by Singers Unlimited

Shervin Lainez
Hillary Gardner

Hilary Gardner is becoming best known as a member of the trio Duchess, but she's been singing around the New York scene ever since she came from Alaska in 2003.  Her first album, The Great City, celebrated New York, now her beloved hometown. 

Her new album, The Late Set, is all intimate duets with pianist Ehud Asherie. 

"I Used To Be Color Blind."  "Everything I've Got."  "Make Someone Happy."  "I Never Has Seen Snow," from the musical Flower Drum Song. They're songs just right for a charming evening at a bistro like Mezzrow, where Hilary and Ehud performed earlier this week. They spoke with me about the new album, and performed some of the songs in the studio for Singers Unlimited on WBGO.

Michael Bourne, who died on August 21, 2022, was a presence on the air at WBGO between the end of 1984 and the start of 2022 when he retired from full-time hosting duty. He is the host of the Singers Unlimited Podcast by WBGO Studios. Previously, he hosted the popular Singers Unlimited (1985-2022). He also hosted the equally popular Blues Break for several years. Michael is a senior contributor to Down Beat, with the magazine since 1969. Doctor Bourne earned a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University -- which comes in handy when he's a theatre critic for the WBGO Journal.