Jeanne Gies and Her Jazz Masters
Innovative jazz singer songwriter Jeanne Gies made the move to New York City to pursue her dream: to sing with true jazz masters. Dreams DO come true . . . tonight's performance will feature songs from the American song book, Jeanne's spin on some pop, folk,and original tunes and: Jeanne recently had the honor of traveling to Brazil to pen the lyrics and record the music of prolific composer and performer Manu Lafer with 7-string guitar master Howard Alden. This performance will debut select cuts from the critically acclaimed new release WINDOW (da janela):
"The chemistry and cohesiveness between Gies and Alden is reminiscent of the iconic duo recordings of two greats, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass."
Sheila Anderson (author, on-air host WBGO)
Share Jeanne's dream on this sultry summer night as she embarks on musical adventures featuring this stellar quartet:
Jack Wilkins (guitar)
Simply put, Jack Wilkins is an international guitar legend. A consummate soloist, composer, and accompanist, Wilkins has played and recorded with renowned singers Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Marano, Chris Conner, Cassandra Wilson, and Jay Clayton. He has been widely and prominently profiled in such publications as Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Downbeat, 20th Century Guitar and Leonard Feather’s Jazz Encyclopedia.
Andy McKee (bass)
Master bassist McKee’s unique style and hard swinging groove renders him a well-known presence on the global music scene. He has performed with jazz greats including Hank Mobley, Johnny Hartman, Philly Joe Jones, Slide Hampton, Elvin Jones, Chet Baker, and the Mingus Big Band, among many others.
Ray Blue (saxophone)
Ray Blue's music is a fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove. An international composer and educator, Ray has performed and recorded with John Gilmore, Benny Powell, Wycliff Gordon, Steve Turre, Sun Ra, Cotton Club All-Stars, and the list goes on . . .
Michael Rorby (trombone)
Sweden-born composer, recording artist, and trombonist Michael Rorby is an international phenomenon and a steady presence on the New York jazz scene. He has recorded and performed with many jazz legends, including Philip Harper, Johnny O'Neal, Patience Higgins, Phil Young, Harvie S., Roy Merriweather, Enrique Haniene and the late Dennis Davis . A sublime soloist as well as consummate side-man, Rorby is known for his creative styling and solid swing.
Jeanne Gies is an international performing artist and educator. She has recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, including Sandro Albert, Howard Alden, Gerald Cannon, Sherman Irby, Willie Jones III, Romero Lubambo, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, Eric Reed, and Jack Wilkins. A licensed voice specialist, Jeanne presides over the annual Jazz Vocal and Guitar Workshop in Bolzano Italy http://www.sonntag-guitars.com/english/Event/index.php?DOC_INST=23 Dubbed a 'pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, Jeanne is recognized for her full-bodied voice and distinctive phrasing. UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .