Calabria Foti | A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

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A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

by Calabria Foti

A lush collection of romantic ballads and uptempo vocal jazz. Calabria is endorsed by Johnny Mathis, Chris Botti, Dave Koz and more. Legendary composer, Johnny Mandel says, \"This is one of the best records I\'ve ever heard.\"
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow
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2. The Touch of Your Lips
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3. Do It Again
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4. When Lights Are Low/ Linger in My Arms
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5. All of You
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6. I Am Woman (you Are Man)/you Fascinate Me So
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7. I Wanna Be Loved
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8. Close Your Eyes
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9. A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening
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10. For All We Know
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Album Notes
Singer Calabria Foti debuts A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening on MoCo Records

Sultry song stylist, Calabria Foti releases her critically-acclaimed new CD,
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening produced by trombone virtuoso, Bob McChesney for the MoCo Records label (23-002). On the 10-song set, Foti explores an evening of romance from beginning to end, with a rich collection of lush ballads, edgy jazz, and uptempo swing. Ms. Foti’s amazing vocal talent shines on each cut, as does the brilliant playing and string arranging of producer McChesney. The disc features a great ensemble of backup players, including Foti’s longtime collaborators, Matt Harris on piano, Trey Henry on bass, Dick Weller, drums, Larry Koonse, nylon string guitar, Rob Lockart, tenor sax and Luis Conte, percussion. A gorgeous string orchestra accompanies the singer on several tracks.

Music industry icons have gushed over Foti’s sensuous vocals, her uncanny ability to bring out the ‘bare essence’ of every lyric, and to scat like a demon. Legendary crooner, Johnny Mathis, said this about A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening: “One of my greatest pleasures in life is listening to a beautiful voice. This recording of Calabria Foti’s voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. Her heart and mind are on display in every well-chosen song. It is a treasure….what a joy!” Songwriter Johnny Mandel says, “Calabria has all the technique and musicality you could want, and she has the ability to tell a story and touch your heart . . . one of the best CDs I’ve ever heard.”
Trumpeter Chris Botti says, “Calabria is a gifted artist who puts her signature on each of these great standards”. Smooth jazz saxophonist, Dave Koz, says,
“Calabria’s voice is gorgeous, the tracks with orchestra are stunning, the feel of the record is fantastic!”

In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Calabria Foti is also an accomplished violinist who performs an elegant solo on her entrancing version of Gershwin’s “Do It Again”. Says Ms. Foti, “I wanted to make a romantic jazz album that people could put on when they cuddled up with someone special, a record that would “put them in the mood.” Mission accomplished! Destined to be a Classic, the CD is packaged with beautiful artwork and a large pull-out poster of the artist - a must-have for any fan of vocals and jazz. For more information on Calabria Foti and to hear song samples, visit or, and enjoy!


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Rudy Mondragon

A lovely way to spend and evening
This is truly one of the best recording to come along in a long time. I have been a jazz fan for a long time and this recording while it is not complely a jazz recording, restores my faith that this wonderful art form is not lost.

Martin Gear

I'm in Love
Not since Julie London has any vocalist had a voice that carressed the microphone like Ms Foti. As vocal stylist I would certainly rank her with Ertha Kitt and Julie London, and I look forward to many more albums form her. If you haven't discovered "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" for yourself, I suggest you do so, late at night, with someone you love.


Great standards, moving voice.

Raymond KellerMD

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
A new artist for me; one of the best solo female vocals in a long time; excellent accompanying musicians and arrangements. Where has she been hiding? Would love to see her in a jazz club venue.

Mike Pearse

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Without doubt this is the finest vocal album I have ever heard.


A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
Absolutely great. Like that the excellent accompanying musicians are given a broad paint brush.


A fabulous collection of standards. Beautiful voice. A classic.

Russell E Fanaken

The alacrity with which she responds to every nuance of each song and every arrangement, speaks volumes about her sheer musicianship. She is quintessentially \'a musician\'s singer\' but the pursuit of her identity; her voice through the \'Great American Songbook\' is the hook that makes Calabria so accessible to her audience. Ms Foti does not acquiesce or aspire to be - she is !! undoubtedly unique - \'a one off\' - not since Nancy Wilson has there been a Female Jazz Artist that so captures the heart and mind of the listener.

Jeff Hogenmiller

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Calabria has a wonderful voice, a bit "sultry" and mellow, which adds to her music presentation and interpretation. She, at times, could be "confused" with Ella Fitzgerald--she does a great job on "the standards", what will her next album and when produced?

Marilyn Greenslade

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Calabria has a beautiful voice and a distinctively professional style. The back up is exceptional. I also bought her previous CD "When A Woman Loves A Man" (from CD Baby) and think it is excellent too
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