Category Archives: Recordings

Don’t Bother to Knock

“You know you’re dealing with a real old school cabaret singer when she tackles a bunch of old songs by famous writers that you really haven’t heard much of or before.  A pair of Bostonians that have working together since a chance meeting at a workshop in Tuscany, their affinity must have been immediate and smoking because they play it on the natch throughout. Fun stuff that opens cabaret to all, this is some killer jazz vocal work that’s sure to bowl you over.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Highly Recommended” —Improvijazzation Nation

Album cover: Don't Bother to KnockShepley’s newest album, created and produced with musical partner/pianist Ron Roy, features one standard and fourteen charming songs from the 1930’s to 50’s that have been rarely recorded since their debut. Don’t Bother to Knock is now out and is receiving airplay on these radio stations nationwide.

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Excerpts from Don’t Bother to Knock

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The Songs of Laura Nyro: Live at the Metropolitan Room

Album Cover: The Songs of Laura Nyro: Live at the Metropolitan RoomThis album includes 8 songs recorded live at New York City’s Metropolitan Room in November 2012. The fabulous trio of Janice Friedman on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and  Willard Dyson on drums joins Shepley to explore Nyro’s songbook.

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Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace

Album cover: Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace★★★★ —Jazzwise Magazine

In 2009 Shepley discovered that Fran Landesman, lyricist of 1955 jazz standard “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most,” was still songwriting, and that since the mid-1990’s Fran and pianist Simon Wallace had written dozens of witty, poignant and sophisticated tunes. Shepley and her musical partner/pianist Ron Roy recorded fifteen of these new songs in the winter of 2010.

Something Irresistible is the first recording of the Landesman/Wallace songbook by a U.S. singer. See the liner notes and credits.

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Audio Clips

Hyde Side Blues

Down

It’s Cool to be Cool

Video

Shepley Metcalf sings “How Was It For You” by Fran Landesman and Simon Wallace at the Metropolitan Room in New York City on March 19, 2011. Janice Friedman on piano, Chris Rathbun on bass, and Gene Roma on drums.