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Katharine Whalen: Out of the Past

Katharine Whalen.
Katharine Whalen.

The former singer and banjo player for the '90s swing band Squirrel Nut Zippers, Katharine Whalen rose to stardom when the band's album Hot became a major hit. Later, she would explore her interest in classic jazz, releasing a 1999 album called Katharine Whalen's Jazz Squad, which featured her refreshingly original renditions of old jazz favorites.

After a seven-year wait, her new Dirty Little Secret finds Whalen collaborating with producer and musician David Sale, who was looking for a vocalist to communicate his more unusual ideas. They ultimately co-wrote and recorded a mix of jazz, '60s-style pop and occasional trip-hop beats, all fueled by Whalen's playful, confident voice. The result is dazzling and seductive -- a big step into the modern age for a venerable, and remarkable, artist.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.