Project Contributors - Post 1960 Jazz Vocal Repertoire
What Judi Silvano has been able to accomplish thus far gives the appearance of multiple artists’ careers strung together — but it’s all Judi. In fact, she’s always got a new project ready to fly, oftentimes dovetailing and overlapping her previous efforts. Born in Philadelphia, with a degree (in both Music and Dance) from Temple University, Judi made her way to New York City in 1976 where she launched her career as an improviser — of dance at first. But jazz would not be far behind. An alchemist of music and movement, her career as a choreographer and dancer led her straight to NYC’s downtown music scene where her improvisational spirit could run free. It also steered her toward what would become a long-term collaboration with saxophonist Joe Lovano that began in 1980 and continues to this day. Throughout the 80s, you could also find Judi on any given Monday night at the Village Vanguard where the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra held forth, soaking in the great charts of Thad Jones. Before long, Judi could sing along with all the lead trumpet parts. You can trace the roots of her unique horn-like approach to vocalizing directly to this experience.
Luciana's new recording, The Book of Longing, will be released on August 24th, on Sunnyside. It is Luciana's full return to poetry and words. This time, she has set four masterpieces by Leonard Cohen, one by Emily Dickinson, one by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and one by Christina Rossetti. Three are Luciana's poems. Chico Pinheiro (guitar) and Scott Colley (bass) create the environment for these beautiful songs. The record was produced by Larry Klein.Last year’s The Blue Hour, a collaboration with A Far Cry and the composers Rachel Grimes, Angelica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snyder on a haunting setting of a poem by Carolyn Forché, brought many accolades and invitations to tour the project − stay tuned for dates for 2019! In the Fall of 2018 Luciana on be the road with the Yellowjackets. Luciana is a featured guest on their newest recording. They will be in Europe and the East Coast. December will be the month when Luciana tours The Book of Longing with Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley. Please check out the Concerts page for dates.
Lisa Thorson is a popular Boston based jazz vocalist, actress and music educator. She has performed at jazz clubs, on radio, on stage, in film and on television for over thirty five years. Legendary jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan calls Lisa “one of the most exciting jazz singers on the scene today”. She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Italy as a concert artist and jazz vocal clinician. Lisa has released five jazz recordings as a leader. Her recording ‘Out to Sea’, a duo setting with pianist Cho Yoon Seung, received unanimous critical acclaim and international airplay. Critic and writer Michael Nastos hailed “Resonance”, her quintet’s CD on GM Recordings, as “one of the very best musical offerings of the year, and an astonishing vocal document.” Lisa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. She is a Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music where she received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award and has taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music and Wellesley College. The National Endowment for the Arts, Berklee College of Music and numerous public and private foundations have supported her creative performance and educational projects. In addition to her work as a vocal and jazz educator, Lisa’s current projects include her jazz quintet, Duo, Boswellmania; A Tribute to the Boswell Sisters and JazzArtSigns®, a multi-media, multi-sensory event.
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Gaye Tolan Hatfield is a native of Scituate, Massachusetts. She attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and got her degree in Commercial Arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.She started teaching at Berklee College of Music in 1992 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Ear Training Department. In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Gaye remains active as a vocalist/flutist, composer, arranger and student.Gaye is certified to teach Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri method. Gaye has done extensive transcription work for the Boston Pops, and has created arrangements for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Providence Singers and NPR's 'From the Top'. In addition, she has transcribed and/or arranged for Boston vocalists Ellen O'Brien, Cassandre McKinley, Rebecca Parris, Kris Adams, Cecilia Colluci, Maria Perry and the Sisters of Swing.
SACHAL VASANDANI is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of today’s most compelling voices.Thoroughly rooted in jazz, Sachal has the swagger to front swinging big bands and the vulnerability to present definitive takes of classic ballads His deeply creative approach to improvisation across changes and time signatures is truly unique, and he has come to be regarded as one of the eminent improvisers of his generation.Sachal's new record, due out in Spring 2018, is titled "SHADOW TRAIN".These renditions of modern jazz compositions - such as Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away”, and Bill Evans’ “Very Early” - are stripped to their most raw and vulnerable state. The recording showcases phenomenal musicianship and features some of today's leading players including Taylor Eigsti, Nir Felder, Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers, and Dayna Stephens. By focusing their collective energy on the spirit - an endless drive towards openness - the group manages to honor tradition without being stifled by it.
Vitro was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is the product of two distinct cultural strains: Her father, who ran the Flamingo nightclub, divided his music affinities between the pluck of Frank Sinatra and the homeland finery of Italian opera. Her mother sang country and gospel songs by way of the church. A child of the ‘60s, Roseanna gravitated to Houston in pursuit of the blues and rock of her idols: Lightning Hopkins, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt and Tracy Nelson. This music proved foundational for her development. She was encouraged to delve deep into jazz, ultimately living the music as protégé to Texas tenor man Arnett Cobb and singer-educator Ray Sullenger.
Anita Wardell (born 23 August 1961) is an English jazz singer, renowned for her scat singing. Wardell was born in Guildford, Surrey, in England and raised in Australia. She won the BBC Best of Jazz Award in 2006, and lives in London.She teaches an annual jazz course in the Loire, France. Wardell is an accomplished scat singer and is noted for her vocalised version of Lee Morgan's solo from "Moanin'".
Alison Wedding started her music career at age two, singing for family and friends in the living room. But it was not until she walked into a jazz ensemble at her fine arts high school in Dallas, Texas, that she was first introduced to jazz. The harmonies, chord progressions, and rhythms fascinated her. She listened constantly to horn players, learning their solos, and with the help of her mentor Dave Alexander, Alison began to explore improvisation, which has become one of her greatest skills. Her early influences included Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and horn players such as Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Michael Brecker. She went on to study jazz at University of North Texas under the guidance of Paris Rutherford and began to sing professionally in the Dallas area. One of her career highlights was singing with the One O'clock Lab Band with the late Gerry Mulligan. Upon receiving her degree, Alison moved to Los Angeles to further develop her career. There she spent 4 years, performing professionally, both live and in the studio, as well as teaching voice and piano. Career highlights included touring as a back-up singer with Kevyn Lettau, and recording with artists such as Andy Summers (formerly of The Police) on his CD “Peggy's Blue Skylight.”
Patrice Williamson’s childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee was filled with song. Her late father, Webster Williamson, an avid amateur singer, choir director, and pillar of the St. Stephen’s Baptist Church music ministry, introduced his children to both sacred music and the secular styles of greats like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Lena Horne. With the encouragement of her mother, Lillie Rivers Williamson, Patrice followed in the footsteps of her elder sister, Denise, taking up the violin and making her debut at age four, playing a duet with her sister in front of the St. Stephen's congregation.
Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 250 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough, Steve Tyrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lea Di Lauria and Britain’s Claire Martin. He also has charted high on the Jazz Week charts with his last 4 vocal releases, as well as being named a 2017 ”Rising Star” Male Jazz Vocalist in Downbeat Magazine.