KCRW’s Private Playlist: Lady Blackbird

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Few vocalists have earned the honor to be proclaimed “the Grace Jones of jazz,” but Lady Blackbird is not your average interpreter. She made a bold debut last year with her slow-burning version of Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” Her second single, “Beware the Stranger,” was a similarly intense reworking of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” the rare groove classic popularized by the Voices of East Harlem. And in October, she released a gorgeously melancholy take on the James Gang’s “Collage.” She releases her full-length debut, “Black Acid Soul,” this spring.