vocal jazz

Tim Stephens

April 20, 2020. Vocalist Maci Miller is not a stranger to the Philly jazz scene, hailing from Harrisburg and now nestled in Bucks County. In fact, she’s not a stranger to the international jazz scene, with albums that have had a global reach, and one released overseas.

Christine Vaindirlis

January 27, 2020. Canadian-born Bria Skonberg has dazzled audiences worldwide with her distinctive vocal stylings and true chops on the trumpet. Her original song “So Is The Day” has taken on a life of its own over the years. It was the title track of her 2012 release, and appears again on Bria’s newest offering Nothing Never Happens.

January 6, 2019. Looking for some good old-fashioned fun? Here it is. Rachael Price has made a name for herself as lead vocalist of Lake Street Dive, the harmonizing folk-rockers erring on the side of Motown. What fans of her sound might not know is that, for years, she’d been dying to sing jazz, more specifically the kinds of tunes popularized by the big-band singers of the '30s and '40s. 

December 9, 2019. The archival masters at Resonance Records are at it again, this time with an ambitious project to celebrate the centennial of the great Nat “King” Cole. Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936 to 1943), gives an in-depth account of the youthful years of the hit-maker, before he made any big hits.

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Singer, songwriter and bandleader Michelle Lordi has received international accolaides for numerous recording projects. On her new album, Break Up With the Sound, the Philadelphia-based performer departs from typical standards and flaunts an all-star band.

Hollis King

Celebrated Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuna’s acclaimed new release Turning Pages serves as her reintroduction to the music world after a decade-long hiatus. Known for thriving at the cusp of jazz and Latin American music, Claudia will bring her band, and unique style, to visit host J. Michael Harrison on Friday, November 22nd at 4 PM in the WRTI Performance Studio. This will be an intimate performance ahead of her appearance at South Jazz Parlor later that evening.

Georgia Nerheim

The Wall Street Journal describes trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg as "one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."  Bria and her band visit with J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio for a live video presentation on Friday, November 15th at 4 PM.

November 11, 2019. Michaelle Lordi, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “an emotionally insightful performer with an arrestingly beautiful sound," has a new album, Break Up with the Sound. The title comes from its very first track, “Poor Bird.” The poor bird is Lordi herself, who felt compelled with this— her fourth album—to make a break with the music that, artistically, brought her to this point.

October 28, 2019. While the rest of us wonder how someone named Jazzmeia Horn becomes a musician who actually lives up to such a name, all Ms. Horn does is win awards, tour, and make hit records. Love and Liberation is the follow up to her Grammy-nominated debut, 2017’s A Social Call. And while A Social Call was clearly a massive hit, Horn’s sophomore effort is a lot more personal.

October 14, 2019. Jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek had made five critically acclaimed albums, mostly straight-ahead, light and breezy repertoire that left everyone feeling good. Everyone except Gazarek. The vocalist and composer in her mid 30s was navigating some darker moments, and performing the old stuff didn’t feel authentic anymore.