Born: June 17, 1965 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
New York City-based jazz & big band vocalist, Terese Genecco, has hit both coasts by storm. She began with a bang as San Francisco's “Entertainer of the Year,” and, in New York City, has received a coveted Back Stage Bistro Award, an OUTMusic Award, 2 MAC Awards, and for two years in a row has been named to TIME OUT NEW YORK Magazine's TOP TEN BEST lists.
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band currently headline in New York City in Broadway's Longest Running Nightclub Act, appearing monthly, at The Iridium Jazz Club in Times Square. The Little Big Band members include Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Joe Abba on drums (with a special guest appearance by Michael Berkowitz,) Mayra Casales on Latin Percussion, Sean Harkness on guitar, Cliff Lyons on tenor sax, Kenny Lavender on trumpet (with a special guest appearance by Grammy winner, Lew Soloff,) and Mark Miller on trombone.
When performing at The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, or at The M Bar or Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, Genecco is accompanied by Jack Mr Bongo Costanzo whose rhythm section (Mikey Holguin on drums and Rene Camacho on bass) is front and center with Genecco, as a featured member of her 8-piece *little big band,* just as he was with Nat King Cole and Frances Faye over 50 years ago.
Genecco is originally from Upstate New York, where she began performing at the age of five. She graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts with a BFA in Music Theater and has appeared in various stage productions, concerts, and solo shows. She studied voice, piano, percussion, guitar, dance, composition, arrangement, choreography, and acting throughout her life and career at the Hochstein/Eastman School of Music, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Carnegie-Mellon and Penn State Universities, and with Daniel Marek of the NY Metropolitan Opera.
Genecco has performed in major venues around the San Francisco Bay Area including The Great American Music Hall, The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko, Yoshi's Oakland, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, Jazz At Pearl's, The Plush Room and more. In New York City, before her open-ended engagement at The Iridium, Terese was a repeat headliner at The Metropolitan Room, with multiple engagements at Rose Hall in Jazz @ Lincoln Center.
Genecco's debut CD, DRUNK WITH LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO FRANCES FAYE! was released on April 25, 2007 at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center in NYC. It was recorded Live at The Metropolitan Room in NYC, October 13-16, 2006, and it features Genecco and her stellar cast of 8 of the finest jazz musicians on both coasts.
Awards:2010 MAC Award Nomination - Major Artist 2009 MAC Award Winner - Outstanding Female Vocalist 2009 OUTMusic Award Winner - Outstanding Comedy/Theater/Cabaret Song (Gershwin's "The Man I Love") 2008 MAC Award Winner - Outstanding Recording 2008 MAC Award Nomination - Outstanding Female Vocalist 2007 Bistro Award - Back Stage Magazine - Best Tribute Show 2007 Desert Theater League Award Winner - Best Supporting Vocalist in a Cabaret or Concert Series 2005 MAC Award Nomination - Outstanding Debut Female Vocalist 2003 San Francisco-Bay Area Cabaret Competition Winner - Outstanding Debut Vocalist & Overall title of San Francisco's Entertainer Of The Year
Backed by an ace band, Genecco sets the room swinging with her bouncy, snappy, zippy, frisky retro fun! ~TIME OUT NEW YORK
My name is Rob and I am a Geneccoholic. ~www.NiteLifeExchange.com
I never thought anyone could capture the spirit of Frances Faye...until I heard Terese Genecco. What a gem! ~JACK MR BONGO COSTANZO
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! 'Drunk With Love' is INTOXICATING! ~BAY AREA REPORTER
How refreshing this work is, and how studiously the singer did her homework. The style and substance are recycled with relish. Arrangements and phrasing have been studiously recreated, but sound fresh and natural rather than warmed over or timidly, tepidly copied...no one-trick pony, just a rollicking reincarnation of a rambunctious, rhythmic rebel! ~CD REVIEW, SOUND ADVICE COLUMN: www.TALKINBROADWAY.COM
One of the most engrossing, all-out talented performances I've seen in years! ~SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES
Terese Genecco is a class four hurricane...a truly rare performer...a drop-dead delight! There isn't a better match of performer to material...Those lucky enough to catch Terese Genecco will be treated to a rising star, totally at ease with her style and abilities. It's only June, but Genecco's 'Drunk With Love' will be ranked one of the year's best cabaret shows. ~CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE
If you don't know who Frances Faye was, you should. And if you don't know who Terese Genecco is, you WILL! ~NEXT MAGAZINE, NYC
Don't miss this fabulous singer in performance...run - don't walk - to catch her live! ~SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
You know right away you're hearing something special. ~THEATERMANIA.COM
The theory that you 'can't please all the people all the time' is, apparently, dead wrong. The very pleasing and powerhouse Terese Genecco takes the challenge and wins! Talent is talent! ~EDGE NEW YORK
Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye!
Tracks: 1.The Man I Love; 2. My Ex-Husband; 3. Tonight You Belong To Me; 4.I Ain't Got Nobody; 5. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate; 6. Should I Strip?; 7.Beatles Medley; 8.Night And Day; 9.Drunk With Love; 10.Unchain My Heart, 11.Mister Rogers; 12.St. James Infirmary; 13.Purple Wine; 14.Sophie Tucker; 15.There Will Never Be Another You; 16.Kansas City; 17.Finale (Frances & Her Friends)
Personnel: Terese Genecco:Vocals, piano, percussion; Barry Lloyd:Piano; Tom Hubbard:Bass; Randy Odell:Drums; Joe Passaro:Latin Percussion; Fil Lorenz:tenor sax; Chris Rogers:trumpet; Max Perkoff:trombone.
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
With a BFA in MUSICAL THEATER from SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, and 10+ years of performance experience, Terese is available for professional voice training and performance coaching to singers dedicated to making a career in the entertainment industry. Coaching sessions include vocal technique and production, physical movement, lyric interpretation, comic timing, mic and sound equipment technique, and basic music theory. Advanced performers can sharpen their skills and develop their act by working with Genecco as coach and director. Available by appointment. Flexible schedule. New York City. $100 per hour (includes accompanist.)