Innovative vocalist Jeanne Gies invites jazz masters Howard Alden, Warren Vache, and Kelly Friesen for a night of sizzling swing and spontaneous exploration of jazz standards and original music.
Dubbed 'a pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, JEANNE GIES is recognized by critics and musicians of the highest caliber for her full-bodied, emotionally expressive voice and distinctive phrasing. She has performed and recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, including Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Gerald Cannon, Joe Cohn, John Hicks, Sherman Irby, Willie Jones III, Romero Lubambo, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Eric Reed. A prolific lyricist and song-writer, Gies has performed her work to great acclaim in England, Scotland, Germany, and France. UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who thinkthey are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .'
7-string guitar master HOWARD ALDEN is consistently recognized as an artist of astonishing virtuosity and originality. He is known for the sound-track of the Woody Allen movie 'Sweet and Lowdown', and has numerous recordings with jazz legends such as Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps. Alden teamed with Jeanne Gies to produce her album 'Don't Think Twice', which is noted for the unprecedented gathering of eight jazz guitar greats.
Known for his smooth tone, creative, unpredictable solos and solid swing, coronetist WARREN VACHE is indeed a master of his craft. He has shared the stage with Rosemary Clooney, Annie Ross, Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, and Benny Carter, and many other jazz giants. Vache's extensive discography includes a series of records for Concord, and more recently, Arbors Records.
Canadian-born bassist KELLY FRIESEN was a member of the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band from 1997-2001, and went on to perform with Herb Ellis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hymen, and many others. His premiere 'slap-bass' style is featured on the sound track of the Woody Allen movie 'Sweet and Lowdown.'
Jeanne Gies is simply thrilled to unite with Alden, Vache, and Friesen for a night of musical magic at the marvelous Metropolitan Room.