Julia in the News
February 23, 2017
Julia Keefe admits to being a “jazz nerd” from an early age, listening as a toddler and falling in love with Billie Holiday, “which is weird for a 4-year-old to love.” Even so, that sound stuck with her as she sang her way through childhood, and she joined the jazz choir at Spokane’s St. George’s School. The choir made its way to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho, a trip with serious long-term repercussions for Keefe, now a renowned vocalist who’s performed in Paris, New York and elsewhere.
February 23, 2017
Julia Keefe caught the jazz bug grooving on Billie Holiday – as a toddler. I know. Weird, huh? But Keefe, now a seasoned professional jazz singer, swears it’s true. Her mom, she explained, put on that first Billie CD and the music, for reasons unknown, burrowed deep into her young brain and took root.
March 30, 2016
Bing Crosby is jazz royalty in his hometown of Spokane but few people know much about him besides a few classic Christmas songs. It turns out Crosby’s fate was tied to the lives of two other Spokane-area jazz musicians, Al Rinker and his sister, Mildred Bailey. Without them it’s possible Crosby wouldn’t be a household name.
April 28, 2014
COEUR d’ALENE – The North Idaho College Music Department and Cardinal Connections will present “khwe ‘enkwinm, khwe te’l spu’ss ‘alaqhwp’t sinm” (When she sings, it pours from her heart), a tribute to Mildred Bailey, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. This concert, featuring the NIC Jazz Ensemble, Cardinal Vocal Jazz and special guest singer Julia Keefe, is free to the public.
‘Be better than you were yesterday:’ Jazz singer/actress Julia Keefe comes full circle when she returns to Kamiah Saturday
February 05, 2014
Perhaps the most important thing to know about the path from a childhood in Kamiah to a stage in Los Angeles is that it exists. And Julia Keefe found it. Keefe spent six of her grade-school years in Kamiah. She and her family later moved to Spokane, where she began singing jazz. She got a degree in vocal jazz performance in 2012 and has since performed in jazz clubs from Paris to her current home in L.A.
July 31, 2012
When the exhibit Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture was conceptualized there were two main messages we wanted to convey. The first is that American Indians have been and remain significant participants in the development of contemporary music, shaping and scoring (in some cases literally) the soundtracks of our lives.
May 02, 2012
Julia Keefe, aspiring young singer from Spokane, pursues the true history of jazz singer Mildred Bailey and aims to revive appreciation of her style and contribution to the world of jazz music. Learn more in this insightful story from National Public Radio.
April 19, 2012
“I just like to sing,” Julia Keefe says. “Whatever the tune is I like to sing it.”
Julia Keefe has been singing and entertaining audiences since she was six years old. Now 23, and graduating from college this May, she’s already amassed a wealth of experience performing on stage and has a background that is sure to carry her far in the music world.
March 23, 2011
When Bing Crosby looked back on his meteoric rise to becoming America’s most popular singer, in his autobiography Call Me Lucky, he recalled, “I was lucky in knowing the great jazz and blues singer Mildred Bailey so early in life. She made records which are still vocal classics and she taught me much about singing and interpreting popular songs.”
May 26, 2009
Julia Keefe, a young jazz singer from the Nez Perce Tribe, is among those reviving Mildred Bailey’s repertoire. On April 11, Keefe debuted a program titled “Thoroughly Modern: Mildred Bailey Songs” in a performance at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The Rasmuson Theater was standing-room-only when Keefe and the Jerrol Pennerman Octet took the stage.
April 08, 2009
Nez Perce jazz singer Julia Keefe was in high school when she first became acquainted with the music of swing-era vocalist Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene). Today, at age 19, Keefe has developed a musical tribute to Bailey that will be performed at the National Museum of the American Indian on Saturday, April 11.
January 25, 2009
Are we seeing a Mildred Bailey revival?
First, a four-CD box set of her career, “Mildred Bailey: Sunday, Monday or Always,” is out on the Quadromania label.
Also, word comes from Washington, D.C., that local jazz singer Julia Keefe has been booked to perform a tribute concert, “Thoroughly Modern: Mildred Bailey Songs,” at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on April 11.