Project Contributors - Post 1960 Jazz Vocal Repertoire
Marcelle is an Associate Professor in the Voice department. She is Head of the Jazz Voice studio at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and teaches at Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute. Recordings include Faces of Love and The Edge of the Pond.
Singer, composer, arranger, educator, and author Gabrielle Goodman has made an indelible print on the musical world with her CDs and live performances. To date she has recorded 4 CDs of jazz and soul music that feature her with luminaries in the industry. She is currently poised to release her 5th CD entitled Spiritual Tapestry. Goodman has not only toured the world providing backing vocals for legendary artists like Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle and Brian Ferry, she has also recorded 4 critically acclaimed CD, two of which are on the Verve label. Her JMT/Verve CDs respectively entitled "Until We Love," and Travelin' Light," feature Goodman with a line up that includes Christian Mcbride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas and Kevin Eubanks to name a few marked and singer's arrival on the jazz world stage in the 1990s. Goodman's most recent CDs "Songs From The Book" (2011) and "Angel Eyes" (2004) which captured the smooth jazz market, reveal teh soul/jazz and gospel side of the singer. Featured with saxophonist Walter Beasley on the cover song "Angel Eyes," Goodman's vocals soar blending jazz and pure soul. All of the CDs are available on Amazon.com.
Charles Devaughn (Chuck) Graham graduated from Furman University in 1962 with a BA in psychology and from Oklahoma University in 1969 with an MA in journalism. He served as a US Air Force officer from 1963-1968. Chuck worked in public relations for the Deltona Corporation in Miami, Florida , 1970-1974 and joined the Tucson Citizen daily newspaper in 1974 as a feature writer. He began a weekly column of jazz and pop music record reviews in 1975 that ran until 2005. During this time Chuck also wrote about Tucson's jazz, rock, dance and theater scenes, covering those decades for the Tucson Citizen, which closed on May 15, 2009, after 139 years of continuous publication. In September, 2009, the website Let The Show Begin was introduced, www.tucsonstage.com, publishing his jazz album reviews as well as reviews of current Tucson productions in theater and movies. Let The Show Begin continues to this day.
"A coloratura soprano with impeccable phrasing, clear, crystalline tone, and absolute pitch. David Nathan, Allmusic.com Soprano Monica Hatch has many solo performances to her credit including "St. John Passion", "Magnificat", "Mass in G" and numerous cantatas by J. S. Bach, Respighi's "Laud to the Nativity", and Will Todd's "Mass in Blue". Other solo performances include, Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass", Faure's "Requiem" Orff's "Carmina Burana" Vivaldi's "Gloria" and "Magnificat", C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat", Mozart's "Requiem", Handel's "Messiah", and Schubert's Masses in C and G. Described as "particularly outstanding" by the Boston Globe in her role of the Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concerts" at the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival two years in a row, her critically acclaimed performances continue making her the soprano of choice for many subsequent productions of this work throughout New England.
A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a Visiting Artist at Rutgers University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Grinnell College and Northern Kentucky University. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”
Jeon, Song Yi
Hailing from South Korea, Song YI Jeon is a singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the ear of the listener. Song YI showed creative promise from an early age when she starting with Piano, Korean traditional singing, Korean traditional percussion, and drawing. She studied classical composition at the University of Music and Fine Art in Graz, Austria and Jazz vocals at the Music University in Basel, Switzerland where she developing her unique sound. Through her background in classical composition, she uses her understanding of harmonic structure to create incomparable improvisations. Song YI's music is heavily influenced by instrumental Jazz Music, and her refined compositions have a clear musical direction with her signature 'east meets west' sound. In 2013, as the inaugural Quincy Jones CJ&E fellow, she studied at the Berklee College of Music where she was also awarded the Billboard Endowed Award. Her teachers include many major artists including Lisa Thorson, Guillermo Klein, Jorge Rossy, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Tiger Okoshi and George Garzone amongst others. In 2015, Song YI released her first album “Straight” in with her Quintet, featuring master Phil Grenadier on trumpet. She was also featured in Alain Mallet’s first Album with Jamey Haddad, and Peter Slavov. She has performed with many illustrious colleagues including Simon Shaheen, Billy Drewes, Guillermo Klein, Bill McHenry, Jeff Ballard, Vadim Neselovskyi, George Garzone, Tiger Okoshi, Mike Moreno, and many more. Song YI recently made her Blue Note debut in New York to great acclaim. She has also played at many clubs/festivals including Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Falcoln, the Bitter End, Drom, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, Regattabar Courtyard Boston, Basel Clubfestival, Off Beat Jazzfestival Basel, Langnau Jazz festival and the Next Generation Jazz Festival Monterey.
As a contemporary Renaissance woman, Ellen Johnson enjoys expanding her talents in multiple formative areas as a vocalist, author, lyricist, songwriter, producer, educator, actor, poet, promoter, creative consultant, sound energy facilitator and entrepreneur. Her devotion to music and the arts span a forty year range that include a professional singing and acting career along with developing her own record label and educational division (Vocal Visions), video production and artist promotion company (Sound Visions Media), and creativity/sound energy consulting and workshops (Sound Creativity). Johnson’s own education includes; a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University, BM in Vocal Performance from the American Conservatory of Music, course work towards a PhD from the University of Humanistic Studies, UCLA Extension courses in the Music Business Certificate Program and she has been on the voice faculties of the University of San Diego, the Old Globe Theatre’s MFA program, California Polytechnic University Pomona, the California Jazz Conservatory and Jazzschool, and has given master classes in vocal jazz at the University of Southern California as well as many other colleges. She currently gives workshops, clinics and private sessions through her own studio at www.vocalvisions.net.
Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country, Jordan began singing as a child and by the time she was in her early teens was working semi-professionally in Detroit clubs. Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers. Working chiefly with black musicians, she met with disapproval from the white community but persisted with her career. She was a member of a vocal trio, Skeeter, Mitch And Jean (she was Jean), who sang versions of Parker's solos in a manner akin to that of the later Lambert, Hendricks And Ross. After moving to New York in the early 50s, she married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano, but it was not until the early 60s that she made her first recordings. One of these was under her own name, the other was “The Outer View” with George Russell, which featured a famous 10-minute version of "You Are My Sunshine". In the mid-60s her work encompassed jazz liturgies sung in churches and extensive club work, but her appeal was narrow even within the confines of jazz. By the late 70s jazz audiences had begun to understand her uncompromising style a little more and her popularity increased - as did her appearances on record, which included albums with pianist Steve Kuhn, whose quartet she joined, and an album, Home, comprising a selection of Robert Creeley's poems set to music and arranged by Steve Swallow.
Steven Santoro (born Steven Kowalczyk) is originally from Massachusetts. Having grown up in a musical family, he started playing the horn at a very young age. Although he loved playing Big Band charts like Count Basie’s “Queen Bee”, he truly found his gift at the piano writing songs. Steven’s musical passions led him to the University of Massachusetts where he studied Afro-American Music and Jazz with Dr. Horace Boyer. While learning to sing and improvise on the jazz classics, he began to mix the standards with his own contemporary flair and thus his own voice and style started to emerge. Steven's ability to fuse Jazz and popular music is what years later, in Los Angeles, caught the ears of Ahmet Ertegun. Mr. Ertegun, the legendary founder of Atlantic Records, teamed up with Shane Keister, to produce Steven’s first album, “Moods and Grooves” which was released worldwide, and rose to #1 on Jazz FM Radio in the United Kingdom and #20 on Jazz radio at home. A tour ensued, and his Quintet opened for FOURPLAY (Bob James, Nathan East, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason). Later, Steven played to his own audiences in London’s West End. Moving from Los Angeles to NYC, Steven expanded into the city’s vibrant music scene. He played the clubs, worked as a studio session singer, lending his voice to many national and international advertising campaigns and found success producing and arranging music for artists including Kate McGarry who asked Steven to produce and arrange for her “Show Me” CD project, which found success on the Palmetto label. While in NYC Steven became known as Steven Santoro, to honor his saxophonist grandfather, Liberatore Santoro, who had played such an influential role in Steven’s life and music. During this time Steven started relationships with and began playing and recording with some of the heaviest players in town, many of whom he still plays with today, including James Genus, Clarence Penn, Jon Cowherd, Marc Ciprut, Nathan Childers, Bob James, Nathan East, Greg Wells, Ray Brinker, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Mitchell Forman, Alan Broadbeach, Carlos Vega, Joe Porcaro, Dean Parkers, Lee Sklar, John Patitucci, Chuck Domanico, Emil Richards, Paula Cole, Chris Botti and Kate McGerry. Among his many notable achievements, Steven is the lyricist for “Ivory Joe Cole”, a musical workshopped under the direction of Tony award winning director, Kenny Leon. He can also be heard on the Thirty Tigers Label where he was invited to arrange and perform a cut on its "Song of America" release. He and artists including Take 6, John Mellencamp, Black Crowes and Andy Bey, re-invent American songs that span two Centuries. As his own producer, Steven recorded the albums, "Soul Of The Night", ”Where I Come From" and ”Whisper My Name”, all of which were wildly accepted by his audience. Steven was the male background singer for Sting’s U.K. tour “A Winter’s Night - Live From Durham Cathedral” special (BBC/PBS) and was happy to work with an amazing group of world-class musicians assembled for the event.
Jihye Lee, the 2018 BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize and Manny Albam Commission winner, is a New York-based jazz composer, bandleader, and vocalist. She released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, with special guest musician Sean Jones, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene. The Jihye Lee Orchestra has performed at various places in New York, such as Symphony Space, Jazz Gallery, etc. Lee has presented her music in Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and South Korea at notable venues, including the Berklee Performance Center, Blue Whale, The Triple Door, Maria Callas Hall and DC JazzFest. Lee graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music with numerous awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Duke Ellington Award, and learned from and worked with world-renowned faculty, such as Jim McNeely and Greg Hopkins. She has studied privately with multi-Grammy Award recipients Maria Schneider and Terrence Blanchard, and attended workshops with John Clayton and Robin Eubanks. Lee continues to create original compositions, while performing, teaching, and working on commissions. Besides her orchestral work, she is planning to release her original duet album with pianists, Yoonseung Cho and Vardan Ovsepian, in late 2018.