Project Contributors - Post 1960 Jazz Vocal Repertoire
Kaoruko Pilkington is a sought-after jazz vocalist and educator. Performing at numerous venues throughout New England, she sings the Great American Songbook and Brazilian repertoire with a twist. Kaoruko is also an Instructor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music and a Level 3 certified Somatic Voicework™ instructor.
A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Jeff has toured and recorded the world over for such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushen, Maxwell, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand. He's done commercials in radio and television for Burger King, Levi's 501 Jeans, Mountain Dew, and Michelob. Jeff's recordings include projects with famed Tower of Power bassists Rocco Presia's CD "Everybody On The Bus," and James Day's EP "Remember When" and CD "Better Days" - the latter two garnering the UK hit "Don't Waste The Pretty."
Ms. Richardson had positioned herself in a very comfortable and thriving career as a Systems Engineer for AT&T. Richardson states, “AT&T offered a leave of absence for up to two years which I took advantage of. I enrolled at Berklee, finished in two years, and never looked back.” Ms. Richardson decided to make a drastic career change and pursue her artistic dream by enrolling at the Berklee College of Music where she completed both her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance. Not completely satisfied, Ms. Richardson decided to move to Los Angeles and continue her studies while pursuing the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance. In 2003, Dr. Richardson completed her studies (with honors) at the University of Southern California (USC).
Daniela Schächter started early her musical career: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and above all with Joanne Brackeen. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector's CD (July 2001). She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Henry Mancini Institute for one month; there she met Billy Childs her favorite composer. Daniela has performed at the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Blue Note with The Tiger Okoshi Quartet, the Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn, Al McKibbon and Phil Wilson among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several NYC venues. Her first CD Quintet is available on www.cdbaby.com. Her second CD, "I colori del mare" which features Gene Jackson, Jimmy Greene and Alex Sipiagin among others, was released with the Italian jazz label Splasc Records. Her third CD entitled "Purple Butterfly" was released at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in NY (2008). Daniela is Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA since Spring 2008 and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University since Fall 2013.
Cindy Scott is a passionate, risk-taking heart-singer who isn’t afraid to reveal her emotions in song. Cindy has walked a different path from the average jazz singer. Born and raised in a house full of music and musicians, she chose flute as her first instrument and went to LSU on a music scholarship. Uncertain about life as a professional musician but positive she wanted to travel the world, Cindy got an MBA, learned to speak German and Spanish, and spent several years living and working abroad. During one of these stints she discovered jazz and began singing in the jazz cellars of Germany with local musicians. Cindy eventually found herself in Houston climbing the corporate ladder by day and playing jazz clubs by night. In 2005, she traded a successful business career for a life devoted to music and moved to New Orleans just months before Hurricane Katrina hit. She decided to return and complete her Masters in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of New Orleans, a program founded by famed educator Ellis Marsalis and now led by guitar icon Steve Masakowski. She is now firmly rooted in the rich and diverse music scene of the Crescent City.
David Thorne Scott is an entertainer whose beautiful voice and creativity have thrilled audiences in venues large and small. His passion for bringing a modern edge to the classics of the Great American Songbook, as well as his original songs, earned his album "Shade" a "Top 5 CD of the Year" by the Jazz Education Journal. Cadence Magazine said "he phrases like a saxophone player and is as slippery and hip as the young Mel Tormé." Herb Wong, one of the west coast's leading jazz experts, wrote “I haven’t been this moved by a performance of ‘For All We Know’ since Carmen McRae.” David has sung with the Boston Pops, the Capital Jazz Orchestra, the New England Wind Symphony, and the Melrose Symphony, the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and the Thinkin' Big Band. David's pop/jazz crossover album "Hopeful Romantic” (reminding some listeners of Jamie Cullum's The Pursuit), consists of smoky jazz, powerful rock anthems, bouncy pop and moody hip-hop musings. These disparate rays are focused through a voice that provides a singular emotional resonance. Gold- and Platinum-award winner Anthony Resta produced the CD. DYAD is the duo of David Thorne Scott and Mark Shilansky. They blow up audience expectations of "a singer plus an accompanist" by singing in harmony and playing percussion, bass, mandolin and trumpet. They view varied musical styles — including classical, folk, theater, the Beatles, and (why not?) 80’s pop music — through a jazz lens. This chamber duo is perfectly suited for smaller concert venues, but has also been featured in larger halls. Inspired by Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin's "Play" but with a more eclectic angle. As a member of the vocal quartet Syncopation, called "a 21st-century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks and Ross‚" by the Boston Globe, he sang and played trumpet. The legendary vocal group the Four Freshmen has only had four different lead singers since its inception in 1947 and David is the only substitute ever to tour with them, singing the high lead part and playing bass. Vocalogy is David's vocal group based in California. His composition “I See You” was featured in the television show The Blacklist on NBC. David is Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches voice, improvisation, ensembles, and vocal arranging.
- Jazz pianist, vocalist, and recording artist - Performances for television and radio and in major Boston hotels and other venues in the New England area; European tour and concerts in Costa Rica - Appearance as piano soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra "My style of music is mainstream jazz, and I'm also a pianist, so I cover both territories as far as playing and singing. I stress repertoire in my classes, only because too many students don't realize the importance of having a good repertoire when they go out to work. In other words, you need to have an awful lot of songs if you're going to play two sets, three sets a night. You should know the Great American Songbook composers, so many Cole Porter songs, so many Gershwin songs, so many Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, and so forth, and there's a wealth of material out there. It's not the time to start thinking about repertoire when you leave here. Students don't realize that it's not that difficult, but their interest is on anything other than that sometimes. That's okay, but you shouldn't think that you can always learn the songs later. Once you're out there, you can't stand up on stage and read the lyrics."
Jan Shapiro is not only a great voice teacher—she’s been on the faculty of Boston’s Berklee College of Music for the past 28 years—but is also a world-class practitioner of the art of jazz singing. That fact is particularly evident on the exquisitely intimate Piano Bar After Hours, her fourth CD (and third for her own Singing Empress label), on which she applies her glowing, pitch-perfect three-octave pipes to a thoughtfully chosen program of old standards and pop songs of more recent vintage. She knows more than a thing or two about piano bars. Before coming to Berklee in 1985, she spent more than a decade on the road singing with bands five nights a week on the hotel circuit, from St. Louis and Chicago to such points east as Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, DC. By the earlier Eighties, however, changes in the economy had forced many of the venues at which she worked to employ her with a full band only on weekends. On weeknights, it was just Shapiro and a pianist.
Growing up in a suburb of Concord, NH, Mark wrote songs as early as elementary school, followed by performances in original rock bands and jazz study at the Concord Community Music School. He received a BA in Music Performance in 1992 from the University of New Hampshire, where he played classical and jazz piano and apprenticed with such adjunct professors and visiting artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Jimmy Heath. He moved to Boston, continuing his studies at New England Conservatory, receiving a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 1994, working with such teachers as Bevan Manson, Paul Bley, and John McNeil, supplementing his education since then by studying with jazz gurus Kenny Werner, Hal Crook, and Charlie Banacos. Following a move to New York City in the mid-90's to immerse himself in the hotbed of music that is Manhattan, and a subsequent return in 1997 to become an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and to teach at his alma mater, UNH, Mark released his debut CD, First Look (1997), a piano trio date featuring Steve LaSpina on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. Mark followed this release with a shift in artistic direction, continuing on the path of jazz, but also incorporating the singer/songwriter influences of his early years, such as Elvis Costello and Steely Dan. This direction culminated in a collection of original music, Different Songs (2000), featuring Mark as principal vocalist as well as producer/keyboardist. Other Voices (2003), Shilansky's third CD as leader, marked a return to jazz, Latin-jazz, and long-form (occasionally free-jazz) compositions, all featuring the voice in some way, and featuring the vocal work of Luciana Souza, Lisa Thorson, and Paul Stiller of "Vox One".
Vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton is acclaimed for her rare melding of a highly eclectic approach with a sumptuous and agile voice. She has appeared and recorded with Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, Oliver Lake, George Russell, Ran Blake, George Lewis, Fred Ho, and blues organist Mike Finnigan (from Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland). She is vocalist for Boston's 19-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, with whom she has recorded seven CDs, the most recent, Why Do You Ride?, making DownBeat magazine's Best of 2015 list. She is also vocalist for OddSong, whose debut recording, Jailhouse Doc with Holes in Her Socks, was on Cadence Jazz magazine's Top Ten CDs of 2016 list. Rebecca also performs with Norm Zocher's Electric String Band and has been guest artist with the acclaimed early music ensemble, Tapestry.