Project Contributors - Post 1960 Jazz Vocal Repertoire
Linnéa Lundgren is a vocalist and songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. Since graduating Berklee College of Music in 2015 she has developed a personal sound inspired by jazz, swedish folkmusic and singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Becca Stevens. Her song Eye of the storm (Karmacloud) received a finalist spot in the International Acoustic Music Awards 2017, and her music with the producer Yaffle has climbed the digital lists in Japan. Except for playing clarinet and piano in Swedish and international bands Linnéa currently teaches singing and working on a duo project with double bass player Loke Underdal called Loke & Linnéa.
Kevin Bryant Mahogany (July 30, 1958 – December 17, 2017) was an American jazz vocalist who became prominent in the 1990s. He was known for his scat singing, and his singing style has been compared with jazz singers Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman.
Ariane Mamon is a Franco-american jazz vocalist, improviser, workshop facilitator, and singing teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She grew up in Paris, France where she developed her passion for singing, contemporary ballet, improvisation, and jazz music; and studied vocal jazz performance at Berklee College of Music for her bachelors, and musicology at the University of Edinburgh for her masters. After graduating in Edinburgh in 2017, she has taken her passion and expertise for improvisation and combined it to her ballet and yoga experience, to create a unique, accessible, and spiritual approach to singing and improvising from the body in a workshop series called the SoulCircle Singing Workshops; where she invites participants to deeply connect to themselves, the others, and the planet, through the power of their singing voices and vocal improvisation. She also devised a similar approach to improvisation for all instruments in a workshop called Groove Empathy and is hosting workshops in universities for undergraduate music students. She teaches singing at the Edinburgh School of Music, and leads the Edinburgh Ensemble choir. Ariane performs in Edinburgh singing in a variety of styles, bridging between jazz and world music, all the way from swing, samba and bossa-nova, klezmer, gnawa, and world-fusion. She also brings together her love for vocal improvisation and dance improvisation in her solo set using her looper, and improvising songs from scratch, contemplating and capturing the music creation process, by crafting entirely improvised songs. Made of vocal landscapes, rich harmonies, spoken word poetry, and contemporary dance improvisation, these songs reflect her poetic experience of her emotions intertwined with her spirituality. She is currently working on a new jazz-world project, fusing her looper set with a live quintet, with compositions exploring her jewish roots and spirituality; and started collaborating with Italian visual artist Vera Bartolozzi to create performance art pieces reflecting on the female body.
A New York-based writer, editor, author, and producer for National Public Radio. For more than 30 years, I've covered jazz, blues and new and unusual musics for newspapers, magazines and websites. I teach at New York University and elsewhere and consult for various arts organizations. I'm president of the Jazz Journalists Association. I blog at ArtsJournal.com.
Award winning Italian vocalist and songwriter Carmen Marsico hails from the mountainous and wild region of Basilicata. A dramatic landscape that also inhabits her heart and can be heard in her music. She comfortably crosses genres between the Mediterranean and contemporary jazz. Currently best know as lead singer and front person with the Mediterranean/Italian World Music group Newpoli, she has immersed herself in the traditions of the south of Italy and tirelessly dived deeper into research of the origin of sound. Together with the group she has created a new bold direction they call Mediterranean Pulse - Ritmi della Terra (the rhythm of the earth). The group crosses time and boundaries, and incorporates traditions from all over the Mediterranean.
SEMENYA McCORD, vocalist/music educator/composer, earned her degree in Music Education from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her popular musician father, the late Ken Henderson, was an early and significant influence on her desire to sing and touch people through music. At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst she was turned on to the powerful traditions of gospel music with Horace C. Boyer and of jazz with master drummer Max Roach and reedman Archie Shepp. McCord is an active member of the International Association for Jazz Education, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and the Music Educators National Conference.
Arranger/background vocalist on gold and platinum releases “Why Haven’t I Heard From You?” by Reba McIntyre; “We Shall Be Free” by Garth Brooks, “Addictive Love” by BeBe and CeCe Winans, and “House of Love” by Amy Grant Recipient of Grammy nomination for Bigger World (WB), a Dove Award for Songs from the Loft (Reunion), and a 1993 Best Actress Award for the Circle Players’ performance of Sister Mary Regina (Nunsense) Television appearances include Arsenio Hall, Tonight Show, and Grammy Awards
With 6 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her music, "Austere and elegant," New York Times pronounced it, “astute and sensitive". She currently performs in jazz clubs, performing arts centers and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. Downbeat Magazine cited McGarry as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past 9 years. In July of 2016 's 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist. She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, and has performed on Jazz Set w/DeeDee Bridgwater, Piano Jazz w/Marion McPartland, and a host of nationally syndicated radio shows. Kate currently lives in Durham North Carolina with husband/guitarist Keith Ganz. The couple celebrated 10 years of musical and life partnership with their first live duo recording, Genevieve and Ferdinand, out on Sunnyside Records in 2014. The tunes, as is typical of their live sets, move freely between jazz, folk, Brazilian and singer songwriter genres and was lauded by critics and public alike.
Throughout her career, Judy Niemack has accomplished a great deal as a singer, educator, lyricist, composer, and inspiration to younger jazz vocalists. Yet with all that she has done thus far, one gets the impression that the best is yet to come. “I love standards and have performed them all of my life but this is a new era and it is time to create new music,” she says. “I’m open to all forms of vocal improvisation; I’m interested in the lifelong task of mastering the art of music making, and in pushing the vocal art form forward to new places.” Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Judy gained her early experience singing in her church choir. She first heard jazz through her mother’s Nancy Wilson records, and discovered that she could easily sing harmonies when she and her sister sang background vocals behind her brother, who played guitar and sang lead. As a child and as a teenager, she sang in a wide variety of settings including musical theater, rock bands, with bluegrass groups and in a jazz vocal quartet. Judy studied classical singing and was encouraged to make it her focus, but the turning point in her young career was when she met the great tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh, who followed in the footsteps of his teacher pianist Lennie Tristano by becoming an important jazz educator. “I became Warne’s first vocal student. He treated me like a horn player. He assigned me solos by Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and others to learn. I learned about improvising from him. He called it instant composition.” Judy attended Pasadena City College where she had lessons with alto saxophonist Gary Foster, and studied classical singing at the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute Of Music. When she returned to the Los Angeles area, she continued studying with Marsh and, after moving to New York in 1977, her first important gig was performing at the Village Vanguard for a week with Marsh. She made her recording debut, leading the first of her ten CDs, "By Heart" for the Sea Breeze label in 1978, which documented her association with the saxophonist.
Nancy Ostrovsky was born in North Africa and lived in various countries in Asia. Her early influences in Asia permeate her work in a way that is uniquely original. Living in these countries, left images and reflections about universal themes of human aloneness and human interactions that take place everywhere and in all cultures. Ostrovsky has exhibited in Germany, New York, Boston and California. Her work is included in many private collections and public collections that include HBO, Young Audiences, Very Special Arts, American Society of Hypertension. Huntington Town Hall and a collection of 40 paintings owned by the Green Street Grille in Cambridge, Massachusetts.