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Jane Harvey

( b. Jan 06, 1925 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - d. Aug 15, 2013 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Also known as: Phyllis Taff [Birthname]

Jane Harvey recorded with the Benny Goodman orchestra in the 1940's and later sang with Desi Arnaz. She auditioned for nightclub owner Barney Josephson shortly after finishing high school, and was offered a gig at his celebrated Greenwich Village nightclub, Café Society.

Soon Benny Goodman came to hear her and subsequently hired her to record "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" with his band, in December 1944 for Columbia Records. She stayed with the band for six months, cutting tracks for the best-selling "Close as Pages in a Book," "Up in Central Park," "Only Another Boy and Girl" and "He's Funny That Way."

She joined the Desi Arnaz orchestra in 1946, recording several titles with him for RCA Victor, including "Mi Vida" and "A Rainy Night in Rio" and also appearing with him for a successful engagement at Ciro's. When the band left to go on the road, she chose to remain at the club.

Ms. Harvey entertained the troops in Europe on a 1948 USO tour with Bob Hope and Irving Berlin. Upon returning to the States, she made her Broadway debut in the 1950 Harold Rome musical Bless You All with Pearl Bailey.

Ms. Harvey recorded several albums through the years, including "Leave It to Jane," "I've Been There," the Fats Waller tribute "You Fats, Me Jane," "Jane Harvey" and "The Other Side of Sondheim."

She resumed her cabaret career in 2011 with appearances at Feinstein's in New York and the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and reissued five CDs of her previous recordings including an unreleased session that she had done with guitarist Les Paul.


ProductionsDate of Productions
Bless You All
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Also Starring: Jane Harvey [Jane Harvey, Singer, "A Rose is a Rose"]
Dec 13, 1950 - Feb 24, 1951
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