The Short Songs project was written primarily in 2005. Amanda had the help of a few wonderful musicians. Charlie Banacos, her teacher, has been a great inspiration and source of amusement. Peter Slavov, Vardan Ovsepian and Aaron Parks all contributed to the arrangements and to Amanda’s confidence in the project. The full-length album was recorded at the Peter Karl Studio in May 2005. Amanda prides herself in her all-star band, Aaron Parks/piano, Keith Ganz/guitar, Peter Slavov/bass and Kendrick Scott/drums. Keith Ganz mixed the album and it was mastered at DB Studios in New York. Tal Goretsky designed the CD jacket cover and Aram Jibilian took the photos.
Born in Santa Cruz and grew up in Sunnyvale, California (the heart of Silicon Valley). Went to UC Davis after high school to study engineering. Joined a Jazz/Swing/Ska band called the Irradicats and fell in love with Ella Fitzgerald. Her new interest in jazz singing led her to Berklee College of Music where she got a degree in Professional Music. Supporting herself through college Amanda sang at many many restaurants, bars, clubs, weddings and cruise ships (evening tours around Boston Harbor). Eventually she moved to Paterson, New Jersey because of a great deal and its close proximity to New York. In Paterson she wrote the bulk of the music for “Short Songs (EP)”, her debut release. Amanda currently lives in Harlem, teaching, writing and practicing Bikram yoga. Amanda sings with her band in New York and with the Vadim Neselovskyi Group.
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