Judi Silvano has earned a place among the top jazz vocalists today. Her rich and engaging voice evidences considerable range, strength, and emotional weight, which has deepened over the years. On Silvano’s 8th feature album Women’s Work (June 5, 2007, JSL Records), she’s in great form presenting under-recorded compositions by seven prominent jazz women: Mary Lou Williams, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, Blossom Dearie, Carla Bley, Bessie Smith, Meredith D’Ambrosio, plus songs by bandmembers Silvano and Janice Friedman. Recorded live last March at New York City’s Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club, the album features Silvano and her swinging Women’s Work band—pianist Janice Friedman, bassist Jennifer Vincent, and drummer Allison Miller. A champion of original compositions and parity for women in society, Silvano has worked to gain respect as a Vocal Musican and as an Educator trains singers to become musicians.
Vocalist & Composer Judi Silvano has earned acclaim in New York for two decades as an improviser, composer, lyricist and educator. She has 8 CD’s as a Leader to her credit and was voted Top 10 Vocalist in Down Beat polls 3 times and Top 5 Vocal CD of 2005. She was awarded grants by Meet The Composer and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for her compositions, has recorded with jazz greats Mal Waldron, Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner on the Blue Note, Soul Note, Zoho Music and JSL Record labels (an independent record label that she co-founded in 1988). Judi teaches Voice, leads Singing Clinics on Vocal Improv called “Freeing the Voice,” writes for All About Jazz and is Founding Director of "Voices Together" a Multi-media Music & Dance Education Ensemble. Check Judi’s itinerary at www.judisilvano.com.
Janice Friedman, a veteran Jazz pianist from New York City, has performed all over the world, constantly in demand among instrumentalists and vocalists for many different style players - traditional to modern. By the age of 12, Janice had an international ranking in the classical world that brought her to her first of quite a few appearances in Carnegie Hall. About this time she also started teaching, a tradition that she has continued to this day both privately and at Rutgers University. At the JVC International Jazz Festival, NY Times Jazz Critic, John Wilson, hailed her performance as “the highlight of the evening.” For booking information, email JanPianist@hotmail.com.
Jennifer Vincent, bassist and cellist, has been on the music scene in New York City for the past 10 years. She has played and toured with Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Bobby Sanabria, Rudy Calzado e Cubarama, Ray Vega, Doc Cheatham, Abbey Lincoln, Roberto Rodriguez, Regina Carter, and other jazz and latin notables. She tours with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, can be heard on Abbey Lincoln’s Verve release “Over the Years” and is featured on NBC’s 75th Anniversary “Cosby Show Retrospective”. Her teachers have included Ron Carter, Ed Bennett, Andy Gonzales, Buster Williams, and Cuban bass legend Cachaito Lopez of Buena Vista Social Club.
NYC-based drummer, Allison Miller, defies all boundaries, playing many styles of music well. Allison is currently working on many projects. She works with Marty Ehrlich, Natalie Merchant, Kitty Margolis, Agrazing Maze, and her own bands, "Boom Tic Boom" and "Tilt." She has two albums out on Foxhaven records; "5am stroll" and "At the End of the Day." With over 40 recordings listed on her discography, Allison has toured and recorded with Pino Daniele, Rachel Z, Norah Jones, Kenny Barron, George Garzone, as well as many others. Allison endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth stick, and LP percussion. For more information please visit www.allisonmiller.com.