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date: 28 May 2020

Rully [née Urziceanu], Aura locked

  • Kimberly McCord

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(b Bucharest, Dec 14, 1946). Romanian singer. She studied violin and voice and attended the conservatory in Bucharest (1965–7); in 1965 she toured the USSR, Poland, and Israel with Janos Kőrössi’s trio. From 1966 to 1969 she performed with the Bucharest Jazz Quintet, and in 1971 she recorded as its leader. Having married the group’s drummer, Ron Rully, she moved with him to Canada. She performed with Duke Ellington at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972, then worked in Europe with Art Farmer and Slide Hampton; around 1973–4 she made further recordings as a leader. After working in Canada with Gene DiNovi (1974) and touring the USA and Japan with Quincy Jones she performed with the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra, and in 1977, in Sweden, she recorded the album Thad and Aura (Four Leaf Clover 5020) with Jones. Nothing is known of her career after the late 1970s. Rully had a pure, full tone, which rose to piercing intensity when she was scat singing....

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