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Jazz ingenue Sophie Milman talks about crossing into the pop mainstream



Some jazz-rooted singers, like Norah Jones, seem to yearn for pop stardom. And then they get there.

Sophie Milman, the Toronto-based singer who’s a rising star in the jazz world, mixes an alternately floating and grooving version of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire and a Latin-tinged take on Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover with jazz standards for her third CD, last year’s Take Love Easy.

But Milman, 27, would like to make one thing perfectly clear: She doesn’t view those covers as springboards to the pop charts.

“I didn’t want to make a crossover record,” Milman said by telephone from her home, her slightly accented voice giving away her origins. The Russian native was 7 when she moved with her family to Israel, followed 9 years later by relocation to Canada.

“I wanted to record standards and swing as hard as I possibly could and make it as authentic as possible. But I also wanted to do new standards,” she said. “Springsteen’s music is something any artist from any genre can draw from. The purpose of this record was really to make something very textured. I wanted to create a layered sound.”

Sophie Milman performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $35. Click here for details.

And click here to read the rest of Philip Booth's interview with Sophie Milman.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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