Yay! The City of Fruita, Colorado asked us back for another concert this summer!

Singing with the Big Band again! July 2019

  • Thursday July 18, 2019
  • Fruita, Colorado, Thursday night downtown concert series
  • Frank Bregar Orchestra (11-piece Big Band; click below to hear the demo we recorded in 2012; the band is wonderful!)

Frank Bregar Orchestra, big band demo

Music, singing, is such a part of my very fabric that I continue to adjust to life since losing my voice in 2014, the voice I’d always known anyway. I’ve only sung publicly once since then and it was pretty rough (summer 2018 big band concert); yet I had such a wonderful time after not singing at all, not even at home, for four years, that I’ve spent the past year since that performance rethinking my voice; meaning, I’ve had to accept that what’s left of it doesn’t have to mean the end of singing, it just means I have to learn to sing with the voice and limited air control that I have now; its a different sound. I have to get used to and adjust to it.

Singing isn’t just about pitch and tricks; its about honesty of sound, the conveyance of life, emotion, love and pain, sass and rebellion, protest and unity; its expression, a channeling. That said, I do miss the range and capacity I had with my voice.

But (yay) looks like I’ll have the opportunity to try out this lower, raspy voice with a new attitude about it this summer. The Frank Bregar Orchestra, the big band I’ve been lucky enough to sing with over the past eight years, has been asked back for the Fruita, Colorado, Thursday Night Concert Series summer 2019! Still kickin’ it! I’m going to be ready this time. Lower ranges, less power, but hey, its big band blues! I know!

The song clips below are some of the recordings I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of over the past 38 years. I’m posting them as I come across them.

2007 The Blue Side of Jazz: Krystyn Hartman with Gary Smith & Paul Schneider

Recorded in Grand Junction, Colorado. Gary Smith producer.

Cover of “The Blue Side of Jazz” CD. Photograph by John Anglim 2007. CD produced by Gary Smith. Saxophone & clarinet by Paul Schneider.


For All We Know

Stormy Monday Blues

When I Look In Your Eyes

The Blue Side of Jazz

Fine & Mellow

1998-1999 Krystyn sings vintage ballads with Ian Bernard

Recorded in Santa Ynez, California. Ian Bernard producer.

Good Morning Heartache

Love For Sale

For All We Know

1985-1986 Krystyn Vaughn sings Country

For backstory on this stage of my life, see post dated 12/25/18 “Wow. Found online $1. Krystyn Vaughn sings Country Blues. My 1985 debut single.”

Promotional photo that was sent to radio stations with my record and a press sheet. Krystyn Vaughn sings Country Blues (1985)

Slow Dance, demo recorded Dallas, Texas

Love Comes Better, planned second single release recorded Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Country Blues, debut single recorded Hendersonville, Tennessee

1981 First pro demo: Krystyn Vaughn sings jazz standards with Fred Crane

Recorded in Dallas, Texas

Cry Me A River

No More Blues