February 10, 2009

Broken Blossom

Blossom Dearie died in her apartment in Greenwich Village of natural causes on Saturday. She was 82. I wrote about her at Hooky Beach a long time ago. I don't have anything to add, except that I'm sorry...

My best friend lived a block away from the bistro on 10th Street where Blossom Dearie sang every night. We'd drop in and catch a show - there she'd be, sitting at the piano, the cafe singer nonpareil, surrounded by the rapt and the recherch√©, spinning the standards with a voice both impossibly delicate and "full of money", far into the night.

Goodnight, sweet flower.