Sporting 1940s-like attire, Miss Midori is among the artists who came out of the retro-swing craze of the 1990s. The singer drew on influences ranging from Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington to Peggy Lee, but her humorous, sometimes campy take on 1940s swing and jump blues wasn't aimed at jazz purists--rather, Midori's audience consisted of the type of 1990s youths who favored groups like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Based in Chicago, Midori and her band the Jazz Inquisition acquired a small local following in the 1990s, and it was in the Windy City that she came to the attention of pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow's Southport Records. Midori signed with Southport in 1998, when she recorded her debut album, Miss Midori and the Jazz Inquisition, for the label.
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