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THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD features Debra Mann

NOVEMBER 2018

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Canadian-born singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, ninth on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, turns 75 this month. Though best known as a ‘70s folk-pop musician, Mitchell’s jazz influences run deep: she’s collaborated with the likes of Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and, most notably, Charles Mingus. Jazz singers love interpreting Joni Mitchell material because of this jazz influence—the innately singable melodies, the deeply colored harmonies, the poetic lyrics.

To understand just how beloved Mitchell is among jazz singers, here’s a quick (unofficial and incomplete) list of those who’ve recorded Mitchell songs: Karrin Allyson, Becca Stevens, Cheryl Bentyne, Theo Bleckmann, Ann Hampton Callaway, Fay Claasen, Holly Cole, Denise Donatelli, Michael Feinstein, Melody Gardot, Sara Gazarek, Diana Krall, Karin Krog, Amy London, Jane Monheit, Judy Niemack, John Proulx, Diane Reeves, Janis Siegel, Bria Skonberg, Luciana Souza, Cassandra Wilson and Andrea Wolper. Songbook composers aside, is there another popular songwriter so well represented in vocal jazz?

Rhode Island-based Debra Mann, who credits Mitchell’s work as the inspiration for her own career in jazz, is the most recent singer to launch a Mitchell tribute disc. The album, Full Circle: The Music of Joni Mitchell (Whaling City Sound) tackles a dozen of Mitchell’s better-known tunes (“Circle Game”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, “A Case Of You”); Mann’s fresh arrangements and expert phrasing provide a new context for the material, even as the singer references Mitchell’s own unique vocal sound. With this album Mann joins the ranks of singers offering compelling, definitive interpretations of The Mitchell Songbook.

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by Kurt Gottschalk

We like to think of Joni Mitchell (who turns 75 this month) as a singular genius, but in truth her work is in no small part a product of the company she has kept. While she is one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic songwriters, her career can still be seen through the lens of, first, fellow folk travelers (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, et al.) and, later, fusion bohos (Pat Metheny, Tom Scott, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, The Brecker Brothers). Part of her genius was in bringing both camps to her own middle, adding layers of complexity to the singer-songwriter craft and then updating the jazz song from Broadway and Tin Pan Alley to long, linear narratives that matched the development of the form.

Her catalogue contains such natural grist for variation and improvisation that it’s surprising jazz players don’t pluck from it more often. Herbie Hancock and Peter Herbert both released albums of arrangements of her music and Fred Hersch, Keith Jarrett, Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Pérez, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Jamie Saft, Norma Winstone and Cassandra Wilson have all recorded Mitchell’s music to varying degrees of new interpretation.

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Whaling City Sound’s Danny Bacher is “Still Happy”/Debra Mann charts with “Full Circle The music of Joni Mitchell”

Whaling City Sound celebrates release #110 today, Sept 28, 2018!  “Still Happy” by singer-saxophonist Danny Bacher

Join us at release show this Sunday (9/30) at The Cutting Room NYC

For details see https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1740946

Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band: Album Release Event "Still Happy"
Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band: Album Release Event Still Happy
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St. New York, NY
Sun, September 30, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$25.00 – $35.00
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“The secret of serious fun is not to take it too seriously, especially if it involves playing jazz. 
That attitude is something that the easygoing singer and saxophonist Danny Bacher, knows in his bones.
–  The New York Times

Singer-Saxophonist

DANNY BACHER

A new voice in jazz-steps out-and man, does he swing!

(Get ready to shake your tuchas!)
Still Happy

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Debra Mann/Full Circle The music of Joni Mitchell is #46 on 10/1/18 Radio Chart

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Debra Mann

Debra Mann 

Reverbnation: Jazz/Vocalist/Pianist/Singer/Songwriter  Providence RI Rank #1

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Publicity: What’s Up Rhode Island (Holiday Feature on local musicians) The Rhode ShowThe Cranston Herald/Warwick BeaconThe New York City Jazz Record Feature (page 11),The New York City Jazz Record Review (page 31)What’s Up Rhode IslandMotifProvidence JournalFall River Herald NewsSouthcoast Today: Debra MannSouthcoast Today: Narrows FestKen Franckling’s Jazz NotesMidwest RecordSippican Week

Radio: New World N Jazz 

peaked at #46, 11 weeks on the chart
Interviews: Tish Adams/Vocalists and Localists/WRIU 90.3 FM 9/6/18Steve Bianchi/Jazz Brunch/WBLQ 1230 AM; aired 9/9/18 between 1-3p, Steve Klamkin/Saturday Morning News, WPRO 

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Debra Mann Performs “Be Cool” at the Narrows!!

Neil Weiss, John Stein and company!

Dori Rubbicco and Steve Klamkin (WPRO NEWS).

Midwest Record review of Full Circle

JazzWeek  Most Added+12 Debra Mann “Full Circle Music of Joni Mitchell” Congratulations to Debra on the hard work and fantastic album

A Woman of Heart and Mind

Jazz talent Debra Mann interprets

The textured sounds of Joni Mitchell

 

It is rare indeed to catch a sighting of Joni Mitchell. The Canadian songwriter, chanteuse and sublime talent has not really toured much, or released an album of new material for that matter. The last time that happened was 2007. So what’s a Joni fan to do? Catch Debra Mann.

 

Mann is a Joni fan from way back, so much so that she’s taken to performing her songs. The Providence-based jazz artist will be performing a night of jazz-tinged interpretations of Mitchell’s music at Chan’s. The combination makes good sense, considering the fact that Mann is an outstanding jazz performer and so much of Mitchell’s oeuvre resonates with generous jazz overtones.

 

Debra Mann, pianist and vocalist, has performed in the northeast corner of the U.S. for three decades. Her own artistry was deeply influenced by Joni’s music—from her folk years through her more than deep exploration into jazz.

 

The reclusive Mitchell is widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered songwriters of our time. Her category-defying style links the worlds of acoustic music with rock, jazz, and classical. Her lyrical sense, phrasing and poetic imagery are as visual as they are musical. Certainly, with no chance of seeing the original, why not enjoy the next best thing?

 

This is not Mann’s first shot at covering Mitchell’s work. In fact, the first few times were so memorable that her fans were asking for an encore. As an added attraction, Debra’s band features the mega talents of Dino Govoni (sax), Steve DeConti (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), and Marty Richards (drums).

 

So come by Chan’s for a night of great music as we celebrate the work of a gifted and influential artist being covered by a gifted and supreme talent in her own right. Ladies and gentleman, on piano and voice, Debra Mann!

Autumn Concert!

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Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a great summer.  I can’t remember a better one, myself.  As summer comes to its inevitable close, I am preparing for another Joni Mitchell Tribute concert in a new venue. Please help spread the word to jazz and Joni lovers.  I hope to see you there.   Peace, Debra

Debra Mann Quintet

Joni Mitchell Tribute

Saturday,  October 4, 2014
7:30 PM

SPIRE CENTER
For Performing Arts

25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
(508) 746-4488

FEATURING: 
DEBRA MANN-PIANO & VOCALS 
DINO GOVONI-SAX
STEVE DeCONTI-GUITAR
MARTY BALLOU-BASS

MARTY RICHARDS-DRUMS

Tickets: $25
http://www.spirecenter.org/

RON GILL/JOHN STEIN Boston Phoenix best of 2010


Congrats to John Stein/Ron Gill (Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA) Turn Up the Quiet just appeared in The Boston Phoenix, in the best of 2010 column by Jon Garelick!
RON GILL/JOHN STEIN
Singer Gill and guitarist Stein have been long-time teammates, and on Turn Up the Quiet (Whaling City Sound), they show each other at their best. The only other musician on the CD is pianist Gilad Barkan (playing beautifully), and the scaled-back setting gives Gill’s warm, conversational directness a chance to shine. An April show at Scullers was meant to showcase both Turn Up the Quiet and Stein’s equally fine Raising the Roof (also on Whaling City) but Gill — a one-time fixture on the Boston scene as a musician and WGBH jazz announcer, now living in North Carolina — was felled by illness, and Stein’s band went on alone. With any luck, Gill and Stein will perform together again in Boston in 2011.

Read more: http://thephoenix.com/boston/music/113096-top-10-jazz-stories-of-2010/#ixzz18nu9621m

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