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Julia Keefe Shines

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.

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Search For Jazz Singer’s Roots Brings Together Two Julias

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.

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Jazz Vocalist Julia Keefe “Just Likes to Sing” (Indian Country Today Media Network.com)

April 18, 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.

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Artist puts her spin on songs of Native jazz pioneer

April 20, 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.

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Julia Keefe’s Jazz

April 09, 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.

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Smithsonian tribute honors Mildred Bailey

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.

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