"Ms. Dworkin has a warm and distinctive voice...
always swings." – Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
"Beautiful Souvenirs is the long overdue recording debut of Bidi Dworkin. She was a folk singer-guitarist while going to school, performing at festivals and coffee houses in the Rhode Island area. She spent time living in New York as a modern dancer, settled in Vermont, and has since worked as a teacher, an interim cantor, and a yoga teacher. She always sang and loved jazz but only recently has been pursuing it on a more serious level.
On Beautiful Souvenirs, Bidi Dworkin is joined by pianist Eric Hangen, bassist Steve Cody, and drummer Claire Arenius. Other than Joni Mitchell’s “Morning Morgantown” (which she used to sing earlier in life), her repertoire is comprised of veteran jazz standards, all of which she manages to make her own. Ms. Dworkin has a warm and distinctive voice, is not shy to take chances including taking much of a medium-tempo “Alone Together” as a duet with bassist Cody, scats well, digs into the lyrics of many of the songs, and always swings. Among the highlights are a haunting “How My Heart Sings,” “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise,” “Why Try To Change Me Now,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” and a surprisingly cooking rendition of “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”
Beautiful Souvenirs...is a fine debut which makes one look forward to an encore by Bidi Dworkin."
Some Sweet Words – Suzanne Lorge
"While the pandemic rages on, three new standards releases offer some happy diversion: Vermont-based vocalist Bidi Dworkin recently launched her debut, Beautiful Souvenirs (Twenty Two Productions), a showcase for her sparkling voice at its finest, with arrangements by jazz legend Jay Clayton; singer Noa Levy joins bassist Shimpei Ogawa on You, Me and Cole (Belle Records), 10 expertly rendered selections by musical mastermind Cole Porter; and Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi, a leading interpreter of Brazilian jazz, just released Sensorial: Portraits in Bossa & Jazz (Mama Produções Artísticas),a collection of seductive airs by beloved Brazilian composers."collection of seductive airs by beloved Brazilian composers.
"On this debut album the proficient vocalist Bidi Dworkin brings in an all star cast of New England musicians including Eric Hangen, Steve Cady, and Claire Arenius to help flesh out these fine jazz arrangements that pull from blues and folk standards.
The very heartfelt “How My Heart Sings” starts the listen with warm keys alongside gentle singing in the very mature landscape, and “Softly, As In A Morning’s Sunrise” follows with low bass from Cady as Dworkin delivers a very expressive and playful early album highlight with some vocal scatting.
This exceptional first album also comes with insightful liner notes as Dworkin and company do a fine job of reinventing songs that the Vermont songstress adores and you likely will, too, after hearing the timeless jazz of Beautiful Souvenirs." – Tom Haugen, Take Effect
"A showcase for her sparkling voice at its finest" – NYC Jazz Record
"Exciting evocative jazz vocals Bidi Dworkin – Beautiful Souvenirs...It was easy to make my choice for personal favorite of the twelve tunes Bidi and her musical pals offer up for our jazz enjoyment… her rendition of Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To is one of the most lively performances of this jazz classic I’ve ever listened to!
What a beautiful way to start of a Pacific Northwest jazz Sunday morning… a dozen delightfully exciting and evocative jazz vocals on her debut release. I didn’t find any LIVE performances there, but you’ll want to SUBSCRIBE to the Bidi Dworkin YouTube channel, where you’ll find all the songs from the album (and hopefully, in the future, some live performance streams as well).
In addition to Bidi’s superb jazz vocals, you’ll also hear Eric Hangen on piano, Steve Cady doing bass and Claire Arenius on drums… the drum/bass intro for Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise sets the tune up sweetly for Bidi’s vocal… I predict that this bouncy little jazz gem will get some MAJOR airplay from jazz DJ’s across the globe!
Bidi’s skillful performance of Joni Mitchell’s Morning Morgantown is full of emotion, and definitely moves me, since I was born near the town… if you listen ever-so-closely, you’ll see those “merchant awnings” and “milk trucks making rounds”… beautiful imagery.
It was easy to make my choice for personal favorite of the twelve tunes Bidi and her musical pals offer up for our jazz enjoyment… her rendition of Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To is one of the most lively performances of this jazz classic I’ve ever listened to!
I give Bidi and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99… you can learn more about her music on the Bidi Dworkin website (and purchase the CD there as well).
– Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Review
Singer Bidi Dworkin finds "Beautiful Souvenirs" in jazz
Rutland Herald, June 10, 2020
"Beautiful Souvenirs” reveals a singer with a taste for musical adventure following her own path to musical truths. Dworkin has a pretty voice and there are times when her singing is pure magic. Bidi Dworkin’s freshman recording shows a lot of promise. Integrating jazz sensibilities into an essentially folk-pop voice can take a long time to mature. With “Beautiful Souvenirs” she is well on her way.
– Art Edelman, Arts Correspondent, Rutland Herald, June 10, 2020