Eva had graduated from the Music conservatory in Košice (Slovakia). Since 2016 she studies at the Jazz Academy of Music Academy in Katowice (Poland). She is singer, composer and a music teacher too. Her career as jazz singer began in 2015, when she participated in the competition New Faces of Slovak Jazz, where she won an award for individual performance.
Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender & queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability.
Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has performed at beloved venues including The Butterfly Club, Brisbane Powerhouse, Chapel off Chapel, The Famous Spiegeltent, Gluttony, Hares & Hyenas, The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne Recital Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Porcelain Tea Parlour & more, and festivals such as Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast (Adelaide), Emerging Writers Festival, Festival of Voices (Hobart), Marysville Jazz & Blues, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma (Melbourne), Stonnington Jazz, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Wonderland (Brisbane) & more.
Her musical influences include Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Lena Horne.
She has performed with legendary burlesque production house Finucane & Smith (including at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Darwin Festival, Desert Harmony Festival Tennant Creek, and the Havana International Theatre Festival in Cuba), with Australian jazz legend Paul Grabowsky, and with New York avant-garde cabaret artist Taylor Mac (Melbourne Festival 2017).
Beyond music, she has worked with theatre maker Declan Greene (Malthouse Theatre & Griffin Theatre 2017), Indigenous visual art icon Brook Andrew, and featured as a writer in the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival, and Queerstories, as a playwright at the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric Development program (2019), and is currently completing her book on the nature of singing & diva identities through a Hot Desk Fellowship at Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas in Melbourne.
Mama Alto is also the co-creator of the highly acclaimed variety cabaret “Gender Euphoria,” Australia’s largest ever trans & gender diverse main stage production which premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne.
In 2018, she self released four studio albums on vinyl, CD and digital release, all recorded with original analogue 1950s recording equipment. Vinyls & CDs are available here, and you can find Mama on Spotify, Apple Music, and many other popular streaming platforms.
She has been awarded the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards Music Artist of the Year, the 2018 City of Yarra Contributions to the Arts Award, the 2017 GLOBE Melbourne LGBTI Awards Artist of the Year, the 2016 Outstanding Access & Inclusion Award at Melbourne Fringe, and the 2014 Best Cabaret Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe. In 2019, Mama Alto was one of the Creators recognised and supported by the Victorian Government through the Creative Victoria “Creators Fund.”
Avril Angel is a Jazz and Blues Songstress from Adelaide, Australia. Avril previously sang in a church choir for many years and also performed in Opera Musical Theatre shows. Avril currently sings Cabaret style Jazz and Blues and is singing in the London Burlesque online Festival 2020. Avril also performs with her Jazz Trio band called Classyfied. Avril is an Artist and will be holding her 1920’s Art Exhibition in 2020 and will be singing Jazz at her Opening with her band Classyfied. Avril also jamms with Jazz and Blues musicians around her hometown and performs at charity and fundraising events. In her spare time she enjoys working on her French Jazz repertoire one of her favourite styles to sing.
Hyeonseon.Baek. Born in South-Korea and New York based jazz musician.
As a Vocalist, Pianist, Arranger, Improviser- Not only swing Jazz but also inspired by Pop, Rock music. His style has been compared to many vocalist, but it is uniquely his own voice and musicality.
Born in 1999, Barbad ‘B’ is a self-taught vocalist and Multi-instrumentalist. Coming from a musical background, B. was brought up loving music and listening to it every day. He started music from a very young age, learning from his father. He then joined the conservatory of music in Tehran and studied classical music with Cello as his main instrument. He showed interest in singing from a very young age and learned everything by himself and didn’t let the fact that there are no Voice or Jazz studies in Iran stop him from pursuing his dream and was recently awarded a scholarship from Berklee College of Music.
B. is now working on his solo album and is getting ready to pursue higher education as a vocalist at Berklee College of Music.
By age 29, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III has proven to be that rarest of talents: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). On top of it all, he’s a highly capable pianist as well.
Benny performs internationally as an Emcee/Host for Postmodern Jukebox, the vintage music collective famed for canny old-school covers of modern pop. In early 2020 he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut One of a Kind. This sophomore effort, richly varied in mood and brimming with bop inflection, features bassist extraordinaire and Jazz ambassador Christian McBride (whose Grammy-award winning Big Band frequently calls upon Benny in the trumpet section) and drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., as well as the radiant Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes.
Alongside his global touring as a straight-ahead/contemporary bandleader, Benny has appeared as a trumpet soloist in more commercial circles alongside Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, Ann Hampton Callaway and more. He’s been featured at Birdland, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Mezzrow, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and other leading New York venues, and has also been a special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his television debut in NBC’s short-lived, SNL-inspired variety show “Maya & Marty” playing in the in-studio band led by acclaimed bassist & Broadway arranger Charlie Rosen.
Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benny follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr. (1921-86), and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience. Benny, Sr. hailed from a Pittsburgh lineage that also produced Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and so many more. He recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others. Benny III returns to Pittsburgh often to perform, saluting his family forebears and the jazz heritage as a whole, nonetheless staking his bold and highly individual artistic claim.
Jazz vocalist Vicki Burns has been enchanting audiences on both the East and West Coast of the USA for years. Challenged by her father to learn how to scat like Ella Fitzgerald as a teen after she placed second in the Maine State classical singing competition, she vowed she would learn to scat no matter how long it took!
After a BA in Classical performance from The University of New Hampshire, it didn’t take long to decide to be a jazz vocalist and after winning the lead vocalist chair for the Clayton Poole Orchestra, she spent the next 5 years touring New England with this wonderful band filled with some of the best instrumentalists in New England. Later, she and her then husband saxophonist John Melisi formed their own band and toured New England with the New England Touring Arts Program. Highlights of this time include opening for Billy Taylor and Max Roach for The Bright Moments Festival in Amherst, MA and performing live on WGBH in Boston on Ron Della’Chiesa’s Music America show.
After moving to the West Coast, Vicki earned a Master’s Degree in Improvised Music Studies from San Jose State University in 2000. She was a local headliner at the San Jose Jazz Festival in 1992 and in 2003 she was chosen for the prestigious program at Jazz Aspen Snowmass for emerging jazz professionals. From 2003 until 2009 when she moved to New York, she was singing weekly in San Francisco at clubs like Enrico’s, Jazz at Pearl’s, Shanghai 1930, The Cosmopolitan Cafe, Zingari, The Plush Room, Yoshi’s, Anna’s Jazz Island, Downtown, Jordan’s Restaurant at The Claremont Hotel among others.
Since moving to New York City in 2009, Vicki has been featured at some at some of the City’s top jazz clubs like Birdland, The Iridium, Jazz at Kitano (where she is featured several times a year) Mezzrow, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, The Cornelia Street Cafe, The Lexington Hotel (where she had a residency twice a month) and she was featured once a month at The Plaza Hotel in 2019.
In early 2021, Vicki Burns will release her third CD, entitled “Bittersweet” named for the ballad written by Billy Strayhorn and lyrics by Roger Schore. The recording features rising stars Art Hirahara on piano, Sam Bevan bass and arrangements, veteran jazz drummer Billy Drummond on drums and the great young lion, Dayna Stephens on saxophone. The album features original music and lyrics by Vicki Burns among others as well as rarely done standards.
Samantha grew up in a small town in New Zealand surrounded by a large family of music lovers. Though her grandfather’s tendre for country-western music, her grandmother’s Polynesian acapella tradition, and the hymns of her family’s devout religious practice formed an unusual musical vocabulary, she was able to harmonize popular melodies by ear before she was ten and had developed a deep appreciation for lyrics.
Samantha earned her Bachelor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts studying under Johnaye Kendrick. During that time, she was honored to have an original composition selected to be arranged for and performed by members of the Seattle Philharmonic. She was later afforded the privilege of representing the school’s Jazz/BAM department with an original piece of music at the 2015 Cornish College of the Arts Commencement Ceremony.
Samantha was next invited to attend the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on a full-ride scholarship and earned her Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz in May of 2017. Whilst studying with Dr. Kate Reid, she sang both alto and soprano in Frost’s award-winning Jazz Vocal Ensemble One, was a featured soloist with the XJB Big Band, and was hired to sing back-ups for two-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada.
Upon graduating, Samantha moved back to Seattle for a period of time and then on to Bloomington, Indiana where she currently resides. She composes contemporary music inspired by both jazz/BAM theory and popular music trends and looks at vocalizing as a means of communicating beauty and perspective.
This is a short biography,I will send you my curriculum vitae if you need.
Pianist ,singer, vocal coach.
I was born in Italy ,near Vicenza.
I began to study piano at the age of 7 years old, graduated at the age of 23 in classical piano, but in the meanwhile I started singing in blues-rock groups (Robben Ford and Aretha Franklin tribute).
Then I moved to soul&funk music groups (Chaka Khan tribute) and I sang dance music for italian recording studios.
I realized I needed to study to grow up as a singer so I started to study classical vocal technique graduating in Conservatory and then I went to jazz workshops with many famous artists (Jay Clayton, Vivian Lord-Alge , Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Nancy Marano, Kate Baker,Rachel Gould, Barry Harris)
In 2019 I began to study jazz in Conservatory and next year I will graduate in jazz singing.
My life is a continuous learning journey to know myself ,my emotions, my soul and music has always been my companion.
“Jussanam was born in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil and became Icelandic Citizen in june 2011 by the Icelandic Parliament due her artistic abilities, contribuition for Icelandic Cultural life and strong relation with Iceland and its people”. She is living in South of France , since July 2013. She speaks 5 languages.
Before becoming a singer, Jussanam was an established actress, performing in a number of Brazilian television dramas and in the Brazilian theater.Her talent as an actress can explain a little bit the excellent feedback that she has received from audiences and critics and the original interpretations that she does when she sings. She also worked dubbing movies, soap operas and animations, contracted by the Herbert Richers Studios for several years before moving to Europe.
Jussanam moved to Icelandic capital of Reykjavik in 2008, where she has collaborated with the composer and bassist Tomas R. Einarsson, one of the foremost Icelandic Jazz musician, with whom she sang on the TV program of the biggest audience in Iceland at that time, Kastljós, broadcasting her singing trough the whole country.After that, Jussanam have been working with the best Jazz musicians in the country.
Her first CD “Ela é Carioca” was produced by herself in Iceland with songs by Tom Jobim and released in 2009 in the Salurinn with support of the Kopavogur city. The CD got excelent critic as well her concerts.
She has also collaborated with the Swedish pianist Harald Erici, with whom she performed in “Brasilicum” (Gothenburg, 2009) and at Kalmar Festival 2010-Sweden.
Her Nordic Tour 2012 accompanied by the Icelandic jazz pianist Agnar Mar Magnusson (August/September), approved and supported by the Nordic Culture Fund involved: Sweden (Stockholm and Gothemburgo), Denmark (Copenhagen), Norway (Oslo), Finland (Helsink) and Iceland (Selfoss, Borganes, þorlakshöfn, Höfn) and it was well suceeded.
Her’s second independent CD “Rio / Reykjavik came out in November 2012 and got excellent reviews. The new Cd “Rio / Reykjavik has 10 songs and 6 of them written by Jussanam in partnership with composers from Iceland, Sweden and USA. Her Icelandic Band on this CD- Asgeir Asgeirsson, Haukur Grondal, Agnar Mar Magnusson, Birgir Bragasson, Mathias Hemstock and Cheick Bangoura
Her New French Band is composed by; Eros Cordogli, Georges Ferrero, Luciano Dantas and Cedric Le Donne. With this band she plays her concert singing Josephine Baker. An old dream to celebrate the first world famous black artist. The concert had it’s premiere 24/02/2018 in the Theatre Alexandre III- Cannes.
Dual vocalist and pianist Carol Daggs is Jazzage: the artful application of musical Jazz sounds to the auditory apparatus and soul via vocal and instrumental flow! Carol’s musical development growing up in Saratoga Springs, New York was blessed through learning opportunities at church, home and in school. Her early piano studies began pre-Kindergarten with Ms. Delois Fitts. Later, advanced studies with Mrs. Edith Stonequist allowed Carol to explore both Classical and Jazz repertoire. Post high school Carol’s undergraduate studies were at Hartwick College as a Music Education major with a concentration in piano and Spanish minor. Carol is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Jazz and African American Music program.
Summer workshops furthered her musical development through programs including the FAME Festival at The Lawrenceville School and Jazz in July at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Carol has enjoyed being a guest Artist-in-Residence with Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach Florida and Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar Pueblo (southern Spain). March 23, 2016 Jazzage performed her original song ‘Today/Keep Loving You’ with the house band at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.
A multi-faceted creative, Carol ~ Jazzage composes, arranges and is also a visual artist and writer. This year Carol published her visual narrative book project Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues. Jazzage continues to develop her ASCAP catalog and looks forward to continued development as a person and creative artist.
I’m a jazz guitar vocalist and been playing guitar since the tender age of 12 . I write record and produce my own material and my favourite all time version of Tenderly I’d Sarah Vaughan’s.
“A skilled singer who is also an excellent songwriter…Ms. Erickson has an appealing tone, does justice to lyrics and swings.”
– Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
“Nancy Erickson belongs on the same page as many of the best in jazz vocals.” – Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com
“Nancy Erickson deserves our very close attention as a fully-formed artist, one of our best contemporary singers.”
– Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
Nancy Erickson has been bringing her rich, melodic vocals to the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene for over 3 decades.
Hailed as “one of our best contemporary singers – full of feeling, wit… and a thoroughly winning originality” (Michael
Steinman – Jazz Lives), Nancy released her third solo CD “Nancy Erickson – Here & Now” in August, 2018 featuring the
musical skills of the 200 Trio (Greg Feingold, Cole Schuster, Max Holmberg) and Alex Dugdale. With influences like
Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, and Peggy Lee, Nancy Erickson’s rich, mellow alto voice has been
compared to Karen Carpenter and Diana Krall.
Ms. Erickson began her career in the late 80’s singing in a NW jazz band called After Hours. She has since released 4
albums, the first of which was a Christmas CD entitled “Urban Christmas” in 1993 under the group name, ‘Xebec’,
followed by her solo debut album (after a break raising children) in 2011 “Prelude”, then “While Strolling Through the
Park” in 2016. Her most recent album “Here & Now” was recorded live by KNKX jazz radio host Jim Wilke. In 2012,
Nancy won the Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition. This resulted in performances in Kobe, Japan, including
Asahi Hall which was also broadcast live online to over 5,000 viewers.
Nancy’s passion for jazz music is demonstrated in her pin-drop ballads and the rapport she has with her band and the
audience. She has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and opened for Ernestine
Anderson, Mark Murphy, the Hi-Lo’s, The Four Freshmen, and sang backup for R&B band Freddy Pink, Nearly Dan,
and Bernadette Bascom. Her recent venues in Seattle include North City Bistro, Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle Jazz Vespers, and the Royal Room. Nancy Erickson teaches private voice, is a choral & jazz band II director in Snohomish, WA, and is a board member of Seattle Women in Jazz.
Jullanar Gamboa was born and raised in sunny San Diego CA where she grew up with an affinity for music. When she was five, she often took over her parents CD’s and sang to the sounds of George Michael, Kate Bush, and the soundtrack to the musical Chicago.
When she got into high school, she discovered jazz and fell in love. Listening to everything from Sarah Vaughn to Mel Torme to Coltrane, she soon became the singer for her schools jazz band and small jazz combo. She then went on to perform at her local jazz festivals and compete in competitions like the Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, and the Fullerton Jazz Competition. She even went on to participate in the Young Arts program where she spent a week being mentored by some of the most well known artists in the world.
When her high school journey came to an end, she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was able to learn and grow as a musician in ways that she couldn’t have imagined.
After having graduated in 2017 with a degree in Vocal Performance, she made her way to sunny Los Angeles where she hopes to fulfill her musical career.
Hamilton had a rather idyllic childhood in the Bahamas. At the age of 16, she was sent to continue her education in New York. She later moved to Paris, where she became an English teacher and coach for many years. During this time it never occurred to her that she was or could be a singer. It was not until the day she was with her little boy, Nairobi, playing soccer in a park that her inner voice was awakened. She watched helplessly as another child became very aggressive toward him. A feeling of distress overcame her due to her inability to shield him from the racism that he was experiencing at that moment. That moment was when her first song came to life within her.
Jamille JAM Hunter is Michigan born/Memphis based Jazz and Soul singer songwriter who is making her mark on the music scene with her mesmerizing vocals and contemporary approach to classic and modern jazz.
With years of gigging in the R&B/Soul arena under her belt, and previous classical training JAM began to train intensively as a jazz vocalist in Los Angeles at the World Stage of Leimert Park. Practicing technique under the guidance of drummer Billy Higgins, bassist Al McKibbon and Kevin O’Neal and pianist Dini Clarke, she fell in love with jazz and never looked back. Seeking an international experience she left Los Angeles and hit the stage in Nagoya, Japan where she honed her craft as the lead vocalist at the Stardust Jazz Lounge.
Recently JAM released her new live CD/DVD titled “Sassy’s Return: The SV Project”. Previously CD releases include “In The Sun” and singles “Blue Moon” and “ You Got Me”, all written by JAM.
JAM along with her band Mood Swing has performed at the River Arts Fest, The On Location International Film and Music Festival, The Black Arts Fest, the Memphis International Jazz Festival and the Soulsville Music Fest in addition to numerous clubs and venues.
Tracey Jarmon- Woods is a New Jersey based artist with a unique vocal style that lends a distinct sound to every song that she sings. She loves to sing everything from folk music to jazz. Her musical influences range from Billie Holiday all the way to the Charlie Daniels band. From 2015-2017 she was the lead vocalist for a Band called Trace where she performed at local venues in the North Jersey area. Since then she has accompanied several bands in Jersey as well as New York and Delaware. Tracey also owns a company called Modern Sky Art & Sound that provides music to senior living facilities, parties geared towards older patrons and hospitals. The show consist of song from the 40’s to the 70″s and is a combination of jazz, r&b, rock-n-roll and blues.
From a very young age, Tracey has had a passion for singing and writing songs. She has created a business doing what she loves. She believes that music is a true form of ministry and healing.
Versatile Haitian American Artist Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/songwriter performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS). She sings and writes many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Americana, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Inspirational, Rap, Heavy Metal, and Dance. She can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artist such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. Natalie can sing in French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. She comes from a long line of musicians. Her father Guy R. Jean, is a famous Haitian Singer and her aunt Sandra formed the first all female band in Haiti, called “Riske”. She started her journey into music by writing poetry. She would write about her personal experiences, which would relieve some of the sadness she often felt. It wasn’t until adulthood that she found out that she could actually sing, Music has always been a passion of hers. She especially liked to dance. Little did she know, that singing would become her first love. Her parents convinced her to release a three song demo. She sent it out to the internet world and was approached ny the now bankrupt, Tate Music Group. They helped her release her first album, Obsession. She left Tate Music Group, when she found that she was doing all of the work. From that point on, she worked diligently to find her path in the music world. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC. She also has performed in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC. Natalie is the type of artist that likes to express herself in her own way. She doesn’t follow any rigid rules. She writes from the heart and the soul. She has been nominated over 100 times for her music and has won many awards. Most recently, Natalie Jean received 12 nominations in the 2020 Josies Music Awards, Best Musical Collaboration for We Kneel – Duet and co-write with Darick dds Spears and Lying to Us -Inches from Sin -featuring Natalie Jean, Songwriter of The Year Personal Catalog, Music Video of The Year Lying to Us – Inches From Sin Ft. Natalie Jean and The Forgotten, World Artist/Duo Group of The Year, Vocalist of The Year – Multi-Genre, Album of The Year- Where Do We Go From Here?, Artist of The Year – Multi-Genre, Song of the Year Contemporary Country-Not Over You – duet with Rory Gardiner, Song of The Year Folk/Americana, I Am, and Pop Contemporary Song of The Year, Love Your Own Power, a co-write with Mike Greenly. In 2019, she had 10 nominations in the Josie Music Awards, she had the opportunity to perform and won Versatile Artist of The Year. In 2018, she also had 10 nominations in the Josie Music awards and won Artist of The Year-Multi-Genre and Folk/Americana Song of The Year for “The Letting Go”, a duet with Levi Moore, which was co-written with Michael Peloso. She also won the Gold Medal for her song “You Don’t Know Me” in the Global Music Awards.
In February, she released her 6th album, a social impact album titled Where Do We Go From Here?. Her first album was released in 2013 a pop/jazz album, called “Obsession,” second released in 2014, a Jazz album called “Natalie Jean,” and a French Pop/Dance album called “Lecons D’Amour,” released in 2015. Her 4th album “Unafraid,” was released on July 8th, 2016. Her 5th album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” was released on July 14th, 2017.
Hello=) I’m Katerina from Kazakhstan =)
I sing jazz music , and i love so much Sarah Vaughan, I have learned to sing by her incredibbile music and voice.
I ve graduated in Italy, Siena Jazz University as singer =) Now i live in Kazakhstan and i would like to partecipate in this beautiful contest. Hope to do it=)
P.S. Im sorry for my english =)))))))
“Recognized as one of jazz’s pre-eminent vocalists, young Sofija Knezevic is making her name as one of the most significant singers in jazz today. While her singing is steeped in tradition, her improvisational virtuosity and creativity are breathtaking.” – New York Times
Sofija graduated from University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in the class of Dena De Rose where she studied on a full tuition scholarship at the age of 16. She has won many awards and scholarships including the Marianne Mendt Jazz Award , Tesla Award for the achievements in Music, Thailand International Jazz Voice Competition 2016 , Unesco Scholarship for young talents, Golden Mermaid award , Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program which identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists and composers, American Tracks Music Award, Global Music Award , Independent Music Award nominee and many more.
Sofija is also an ambassador of ICAF (international child art foundation) , CYE (Celiac Youth of Europe), one of the ambassadors for the Estee Lauder Breast Awareness Campaign, and an Amazon Aid Foundation Artist.
Sofija is included in the Jazz Encyclopedia `Serbian jazz, Bre`, and has just published a book of her own “Evolution of Voice – The Art of Breathing” in 2019.
Sofija has written and recorded music for numerous movies, including the documentary about her life, the movie ` Love Comes After `, ‘Our guardians/ a little homage’ , and ` Balkan Spirit ` by Hermann Vaske where she appeared together with Marina Abramovic and Angelina Jolie.
Knezevic has worked with many great jazz artists such as David Murray, Jason Moran, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Sherman Irby, Tim Hagans, Eli Degibri, James Moody, Elliot Mason among others.
Sarah LeMieux grew up in a joyfully eclectic musical family. Her mother played French folk, and her father played the blues – and when her little brother arrived, he kept everyone awake with the drums. After college, Sarah stayed in New York working as a session vocalist and guitarist – both in the studio, and as a hired support performer. NYC’s diverse and vibrant music scene presented her with opportunities to interpret, create and absorb a broad spectrum of music.Sarah came home to Connecticut after the birth of her first child and began producing and performing her own original material. She managed to earn an international reputation and BSMF Records in Japan distributed her about Superbleu world-wide.
LeMieux and her band have earned excellent reviews for performances at the National Women in Blues Festival, Mamapalooza festival, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Hartford’s Infinity Hall, the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival and International Women Arts (SWAN) Day Festivals. Most recently, The Sarah LeMieux Quintet won “Best Jazz” at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Connecticut Music Awards, with “Moments Musicaux” winning Album of the Year for 2015.
Sarah also writes for and performs with the award-winning six piece Americana band The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Madame Thalia’s Vaudeville review, as well as composing chamber, experimental electronic and electroacoustic music, and designing multimedia installations.
Sarah teaches, composes, and performs in CT and regionally, and was a founding member of a work group devoted to developing music and dance education programming for individuals with special needs. She’s also developed hands-on arts enrichment and mindfulness programming for elementary schools, and works to bring music education to underserved kids.
AJ LeRoy is a U.K. based professional vocalist and musician who has sang professionally for many years he has performed in prestigious venues across the U.K. including The Barbican Centre and The Echo Arena. He has also work on touring productions both in the U.K. and internationally.
I love singing jazz. It’s my outlet, my yoga, my expression, my freedom.
Loredana Melodia was born on the 31th of March in 1968 in a town of Sicily by the sea. She started singing in church at the age of 12 and simultaneously she began to study classical music playing the piano. Always in the same period, she began to perform singing, acting and dancing in Musicals. Later she approached jazz music, expanding her musical experiences thanks to professional Sicilian musicians with experience in jazz music and she started performing in clubs. In 2006 she moved to Bologna (Italy). Besides singing, she started composing and she released two CDs where she wrote both the music and the lyrics of her songs. During these years she has studied with Michelle Hendricks, Barry Harris, Stjepko Gut.
Some of the live and in the recording studio collaborations: Bruno De Filippi, Oscar Klein, Lorenzo Petrocca, Salvatore Bonafede, Lino Patruno, Francesco Buzzurro, Giuseppe Vasapolli, Dino Rubino, Stjepko Gut, Renato Chicco……and many others.
In 1999 she is finalist in the international Tournament of Music (T.I.M.) jazz section in Weimar ( Germany).
In 2005 she won the jazz singing and improvisation competition in Spoleto (Italy), held by Arts Symposia.
In 2010 she is a finalist in the competition for female composer “Note di Donna”, organized by Piacenza Jazz Festival.
1998 – Licata Jazz Festival CD live.
1999 – Riff Quartet CD.
2007 – Sicilian Jazz Collection CD.
2012 – Sleepless CD – Dodicilune Records (Original tunes CD, where Loredana wrote music and lyrics).
2015 – Participation in the ” Hunger and Love” CD – Tribute to Billie Holiday with the tune ” You gotta show me” – Dodicilune Records.
2017 – My Sea CD – AlfaMusic Label (Original tunes CD, where Loredana wrote music and lyrics).
“A brilliant young singer” – Al Jarreau
Andrea Miller’s voice has been described as soulful, sensual, hypnotic and endearing. Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Stevie Wonder, Andrea is currently heating up the international jazz scene and radio stations.
Andrea opened for the legendary Al Jarreau at many concerts before he passed including the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. She received a standing ovation and gracious compliments from Jarreau and his band and was set to tour with and open for him in Europe 2017.
In 2020 Andrea headlined Bemol 5 Jazz club in Lyon, France. In 2019 she headlined Jazz De Polanco Festival in Mexico City and Jazz at LACMA in Los Angeles . In 2018 Andrea headlined the Newport Beach Jazz Party Series, and in 2017 she headlined the Utah Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series with the Tom Kubis Big Band.
A member of SAG and ASCAP, Andrea’s performances have gained critical acclaim at venues such as The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Baked Potato, Spaghettini, Catalina Jazz Club, Vibrato, Casselberry Jazz Festival and others.
Andrea had the honor to work with David Foster, Quincy Jones and Alan & Marilyn Bergman when recording a vocal demo for CELINE DION “I Knew I Loved You”. Originally trained in opera at a young age, Andrea won first place in the Oregon State Vocal Competition first soprano category when only 14 years old. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC.
In addition to performing, Andrea keeps busy recording as a session singer. Her voice can be heard on recordings by Disney/Pixar, Paramount Pictures, NBC, ABC, Samsung, Warner Brothers, EMI, Mattel Toys, and others.
Andrea’s albums available online are “Maybe Today”, “II By II”, “Andrea Miller Featuring the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra”, “Soulful Dream”, “Imagine – EP”, “Fly Like an Eagle – EP” and “Andrea – EP”.
“As my countdown to stage got smaller and smaller, I started to hear some marvelous music coming from the stage, floating through my dressing room window. Our opening act was a brilliant young singer named Andrea Miller. The whole band was impressed with her song selection, with her bandmates, arrangements, and her jazz sensibilities. I enjoyed listening the little bit I got to, and the band enjoyed their even closer look.” (Al Jarreau)
“As I told Andrea after she sang The Masquerade is Over, she owns that tune. In all my years in this business playing with the best jazz singers Carmen McCrea, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee etc., I never heard anyone sing it as good” (Pat Senatore)
“Andrea will get to your heart even if she sings in the middle of a boat in the sea. What she does has nothing to do with being in L.A., London, Paris or whatever. It has to do with artistic commitment and love for every note she sings, and that’s how great artists act, don’t you think?” (IAC.com)
“She’s very charming, personable and attractive and sings with a lot of emotion”. “Her delivery is soft and sensual, almost hypnotic. She sings with confidence”. (L.A. Jazz Scene)
“Everybody’s heard the old standard, ‘Cry Me A River,’ every long, drawn-out sob story milked within an inch of its life. Miller as the vocalist gives each line just the right amount of pathos, verve, and snap. She isn’t the kind of singer to wallow in the pitiful aspects, but to turn up the rebound several notches for a refreshing take.” (AXS)
“Listening to her music, it is easy to see why she was honored, her honest, touching lyrics are delivered by her strong, soulful voice in such a divine way that you can’t help but be drawn in. After seeing her flawless live performance of the old standard ‘My Funny Valentine’, I realized that this is one artist who deserves all the accolades and awards she gets. Andrea has a captivating quality about her that commands your attention and earns your praise. Andrea is definitely an artist worth listening to.” (Indie-Connections.com)
“One listen to Andrea Miller’s 21st century update of “Angel Eyes,” will endear you to this song all over again.” (AXS)
Túlio Melo was born in João Pessoa on June 21st, 1988. Since childhood he has always been involved with the arts, but mainly with music. From de age of fifteen he began his studies at a local music school, where he studied classical piano and singing for three years, after this period of studies he took an entrance exam for the bachelor of music at a public local university, where he succeeded in his graduation and began receiving invitations to sing at events, weddings and honors in the capital of his state, from which he had no doubt that he would devote his life to the art of singing. In 2011 he was invited to board his first cruise ship, shortly after this first contract, he was invited by other cruise line and spent four years from one ship to another. After this fruitful experience, he decided to rest for a while from the cruise ships and in 2016 he went to study jazz in NYC, where he had the privilege to study with big names in American jazz. Today the singer lives and work mostly of the time in Brazil and still doing short contracts in cruise ships.
Vocalist, Producer, Bandleader, Talent Agent, Entrepreneur, Melanie Rice is the CEO of Melanie Rice Entertainment, LLC, a company she founded in 1995, that provides outstanding music and entertainment for social, corporate and casino events in the tri-state area. In 2008, Melanie founded a second company, MRE Talent, an artist management & event production company through which she manages several emerging & established artists in the music, television and film industries and produces a variety of concerts and special events.
Melanie is the Producer/Musical Director of The Miss’d America Pageant, the production manager for singer/songwriter/dancer/choreographer Frankie Z and for the past 12 years was the co-producer of The Hansen House Concert – “Street Life”. As an Event Producer and Manager her list of clients includes Herbalife, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Virtua Health, Inspira Health, Atlanticare and TriStar Products to name a few.
She most recently added “Film Producer” to her long list of credits and was a Co-Producer and Music Coordinator for Nicole Conn and Soul Kiss Films’ latest feature “A Perfect Ending” starring Barbara Niven, Jessica Clark, Morgan Fairchild and John Heard.
As a singer/musician, Melanie currently performs with her dance band, her jazz quartet and her acoustic duo. On the concert stage, she has opened for Headliners such as Smokey Robinson, Joan Rivers and David Brenner, as well as worked as a back-up vocalist with jazz great Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Piscopo & Bobby Rydell. Melanie recorded & released a romantic CD with her dear friend & mentor, Grammy nominated jazz pianist George Mesterhazy entitled “He Loves, She Loves” and her latest CD release is titled “This Love of Mine” and features several world class musicians – Dean Schneider (piano), Tim Lekan (upright bass) and Bob Shomo (drums). Both CDs are available on iTunes and Amazon.
I am a singer, pianist, and songwriter. I graduated from music school with a piano class with honors. At the same time, I studied at a choreographic school. In 2013, I graduated with honors from the Gosuniversitet-UNPK with a degree in anti-crisis Manager (economist-Manager). I graduated from the Orel music College (pop vocals) in 2014 and decided to continue my education in this field. In 2016, I graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Culture (master’s degree, jazz piano) with honors.
In 2019, I won the 2nd degree in the Usadba Jazz Sochi competition in the “Vocal” category. In the same year, I became a participant Of the international Festival “Jazz Province” in Orel. I won the Grand Prix in the international competition “Voice of Petrojazz 2020” in the solo category in Saint Petersburg. This victory allowed me to perform at the international festival “Petrojazz 2020”.
I work as a teacher at the Orel music College. At the moment, I perform solo in Orel and nearby cities.
Sonia Schiavone. Italian jazz singer, she began her studies of classical music at the age of seven, later continuing in the field of jazz music, by following many courses and workshops with internationally famous teachers, such as Sheila Jordan, Sandy Patton, Maria Pia De Vito, Bob Stoloff, Diana Torto, Garry Dial, John Riley, Mike Abene, John Taylor, Ben Allison, Stefano Battaglia and many others. She earned a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico of Turin with the highest score and with honors and a degree in Jazz at the Conservatory Niccolò Paganini of Genoa with the highest score with a dissertation about Wayne Shorter’s music, under the supervision of Paolo Silvestri.
Over the years her versatile interests have encompassed voice and vocality in the broadest possible meaning: jazz, exploring all of its styles; gospel, operatic singing, a cappella vocal music; the development of childhood musicianship; harmonic singing; extemporaneous vocal improvisation.
As a professional musician, she co-operated for twenty years with numerous jazz musicians. She performed in numerous festivals ad seasons with her own eponymous projects.
In the last twenty years, she has also actively and passionately focused on musical education.
She has been awarded numerous prizes and honors at singing competitions of jazz, pop, and gospel music, both as a performer and as a songwriter, including a First Prize at the “Gospel Showcase 2002”, during the “Prima Rassegna Internazionale di Gospel, Blues, Spiritual & Black Music Gospel in Castelbrando”in Cison di Valmarino (TV), organized by Cheryl Porter; First Prize at the “Talents 2002” Competition, in the section dedicated to jazz singing, organized by the Istituto Musicale di Rivoli (To), section jazz; in 2012 she was a finalist at the XII Concorso Internazionale “Scrivere in Jazz”in Sassari – section singing; in 2017 she was a finalist at the “19° Biella Festival Autori e Cantautori”with her original song “In viaggio”.
“Musician’s singer” Cathy Segal-Garcia is a vocalist of “real music integrity” poignantly reports Critical Jazz reviewer. Wherever she travels in the world, audiences and musicians are moved. Segal-Garcia’s deep connection to rhythm and her earthy and organic voice brings a nakedness to her communication, a direct line in to one’s heart. Her repertoire includes her own original compositions and modern interpretations of standards and jazz musicians’ compositions.
Critical Jazz says she brings, “The vibe of artistic integrity coupled with honest emotion for a captivating experience.” Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times added, “Segal-Garcia’s most compelling quality is a warm, dark sound, luxurious enough to wrap a song in an envelope of lush timbres.”
Segal-Garcia has been a tireless supporter and producer of the L.A. jazz scene for years and has been recognized for such by musicians, singers, jazz fans, and organizations such as L.A. Jazz Scene, lajazz.com, CA Jazz Foundation, Jazzvocalalliance.com, Great American Songbook Preservation Society, and the CA Lawyers for the Arts. In 2014 she was named a “Jazz Living Legend” in Los Angeles.
Recording and performing with jazz legends is part of her career heritage. A sampling of noted guitarists and pianists she has collaborated with include Ted Greene, Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, John Pisano, Ross Tompkins, Billy Childs, Otmaro Ruiz, and Josh Nelson. Legendary jazz drummer Peter Erskine, part of the trio on her “Song of The Heart” recording says, “[it’s] the freshest vocal project which I’ve ever been involved in, and it’s one of my favorite tapes of the past year.”
Bill Evans bassist Marc Johnson also appears on this recording and adds, “This recording deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. The choice of material is top notch — very interesting. The duets were special, the interplay, dynamics, Cathy’s range and intonation are great!”Cathy Segal-Garcia is known throughout the world for her performing and teaching, especially in Japan where she has toured for over 25 years performing in jazz clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Her recording, “The Moment, Featuring Cathy Segal-Garcia, Live at the Blue Whale”, reveals how mercurial she is, and shows her vivid connection to these spontaneous musicians. Performing originals and jazz instrumentalists’ compositions, the creations with the musicians, and her unhurried delivery, takes the listener through various emotions for an honest connection to themselves.
One of Segal-Garcia’s latest project is a collection of duos with 11 pianists and 1 violinist. Personnel include: Josh Nelson, Otmaro Ruiz, Vardan Ovsepian, John Beasley, Gary Fukushima, Llew Mathews, Karen Hammack, Dave MacKay, David Moscoe, Jane Getz, Bevan Manson, and Calabria Foti. The project beautifully demonstrates the subtle abilities and emotions that are available to an excellent musician and excellent vocalist when they are creating together.
Seemingly never tiring, Ms. Segal-Garcia continues to record and perform with top players, creating unique and quality recordings.
Emma Smith is an up and coming jazz singer from London, UK. Spanning many genres, scenes and stages, she has performed everywhere from the O2 Arena to the Graham Norton Show to the top jazz clubs of the world. Not only has Emma performed and recorded with some of the biggest artists of today, (Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Goldie & Seal)’, she has also been collecting awards in her own name along the way (‘London Music Awards rising star award’, ‘Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Musician of the year’). Her immersion in music has more recently taken her into the broadcasting house as a presenter on BBC radio 3 and for ‘BBC Introducing’ shows, as well being interviewed for BBC4 TV documentaries alongside the likes of Groovy Porter, Dave Grohl and Iggy Pop. Emma cites Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, & Anita O’day as her top influences.
Tawanda Suessbrich- Joaquim is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from New Mexico. Before graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Music from Santa Fe University of Art and Design, she was studying vocal jazz under Mirabai Daniels and chair of her program, saxophonist and flute-player Horace Alexander Young. Though lovely, Santa Fe holds little opportunity for budding vocalists—her most memorable shows there were with pianist John Rangel, presenting live music at El Meson and honoring the cultural diversity of New Mexican artists at Burque Noir events. Moving to Los Angeles last year has only further expanded her many interests in and outside of the music scene. Inspired by the great classics, Billie, Ella and Sarah, and the great contemporaries Esperanza, Cècile and Jazzmeia, Tawanda looks forward to entering further into the Los Angeles Jazz scene and performing with various musicians in the area.
Native New Yorker, resident in UK since 1986. Trained at Five Towns College Performing Arts Centre with a degree in vocal jazz. 4 octave range, classically trained. Singer, songwriter, actress, vocal coach and choir leader.
Currently on furlough following lockdown from leading choir at Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead, UK, and Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot.
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Eleni Tzatzimaki was born in 1986, in Athens, Greece. She has been studying music (piano,voice) for ten years .Lately she focused on exploring the field of Vocal Jazz and Improvisation. She is also a graduate of the Department of Modern Greek Literature, School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and she holds a Master’s degree in Modern Greek Literature from the Institute of Contemporary Greek Studies of the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Sorbonne 4). She has published four books of poetry. Her poems have been translated into English, Italian and French.
As a young immigrant who has brought the real richness of her heritage together with her love for what is truly American, Lucy beautifully sounds out the best expression of the American dream. Amid the cacophony of voices raging over immigration, this jazz vocalist sounds a very refreshing note. Since arriving from Armenia sixteen years ago at age 12, Lucy has enriched American jazz with a voice that is clear and strong, and with the release of her debut album Blue Heaven, critics and musicians agree that a new vocal force has arrived on the scene.
Lucy Yeghiazaryan grew up in post-Soviet Armenia and began playing the violin at the age of seven, when she also discovered her father’s once-contraband collection of jazz records. Since electricity was intermittent, Lucy could only eke out short periods of listening, but the collection of jazz standards so captivated young Lucy that years before she ever learned to speak English, she began singing the tunes by meticulously mimicking the sounds and styles of the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
This early dedication to music led Lucy to the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where she performed, entered vocal competitions, and joined the National Armenian Jazz Orchestra. Then, soon after Armenia’s economic collapse in 2000, Lucy’s parents brought her and her three sisters to America. Lucy also brought her passion for jazz to the States, where she applied for and received a full scholarship to New Jersey’s Jazz for Teens program and happily became part of the local jazz community.
After college, where she studied world history, Lucy, still driven by music, moved to New York City to pursue a career as a singer, and in a few short years she has won the respect and accolades of the elders at the epicenter of the jazz world. As Tom Reney, award winning New England Public Radio host of Jazz a la Mode puts it “Lucy Yeghiazaryan is one of the most impressive jazz singers I’ve heard in a long time. Lucy’s got what Louis Armstrong would call extra ingredients: A rich and expressive voice, a supple sense of swing, and a commanding stage presence”. Veteran NYC saxophonist Grant Stewart says” Lucy has it all, an incredible tone, time that drives the band and that other “something” that makes you say this is the real thing” World renowned trumpet player Joe Magnarelli has called her a”breath of fresh air” on the scene in New York, where she can be found playing at Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. Lucy also leads a regular Tuesday session at Mezzrow Jazz Club and has a monthly residency at the historic Showman’s Jazz Club in Harlem with her organ trio.
Lucy has shared the stage with Grant Stewart, Winard Harper, Herold Maborn, Don Braden, Steve Williams, Rodney Whitaker, Bernadette Peters and Arto Tuncboyajian.
Born in Naples in 1993, a few years, she began studying piano with her grandmother, Laura Lamagna.
Body instrumentalist singer.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in the year 2014/2015 with 110 cum laude at the “San Pietro a Majella” Conservatory in Naples.
In 2017 at the same conservatory, she obtained a specialist degree in Jazz with 110 cum laude.
In 2015 she duets with Bobby Mc Ferrin at the Armonie d’Arte festival
In 2016 she ranked first in the “Massimo Urbani International Award”.
After the victory of Massimo Urbani she was invited to prestigious festivals. Here some places where she had performed : “Lucca jazz donna”, Cartoceto Festival, Civitanova Festival, where they received the prestigious “Vita Vita” award, Ionio Jazz Festival, Macerata jazz, Roccella Jazz Festival, etc.
In July 2016, Emilia opened Diana Krall‘s concert at the Flegrea Arena in Naples, enjoying great success with the public and critics.
Also in 2016 she recorded the song “Qui” with the 99 Posse.
In 2017 she won a scholarship (the only Italian artist) to participate in the prestigious “International Congress of voice teachers” in Stockholm.
In 2019 she was selected among the five finalists of the prestigious “Ella Fitzgerald Competition” in Washington (the only Italian artist) and won the second place.
In 2017 she forms the quartet “Convergenze Parallele” and recorded for the record label “Le dodici lune” a disc entitled “Chi tene o mare” with songs by the great Pino Daniele.
In 2018 she took part in a new recording work in duo with bassist Massimo Moriconi (Mina‘s historical double bass player).
She collaborates with various actors as a solo singer. Among the names appear: Mariano Rigillo, Patrizio Rispo and Sebastiano Somma.
She is a teacher of jazz singing at the Gesualdo Da Venosa Conservatory in Potenza and of jazz and pop singing at the “Centro della Voce” in Naples, of Dr. Marina Tripodi her Vocal Trainer, expert in Artistic Vocology