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Janine Alondres

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Born: July 31, 1965    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Janine Alondres is a jazz recording artist who focuses on smooth jazz and contemporary jazz standards. Ms. Alondres now resides in New York City, but was born and raised in San Francisco, California to parents from the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In November 2002, she released her full-length debut CD, dreams do come true, receiving positive reviews and accolades: “I met Janine when she asked me to play harmonica on her CD, I only play on projects I believe in so I had a lot of questions...she sent me a rough copy of her record and was floored by both her voice and the unique and refreshing approach to these timeless American Jazz Classics. Her interpretations and phrasing along with top notch arranging and orchestrating made this a project I am proud to be part of. Kudos to Janine on a captivating debut.” (Rob Paparozzi, Harmonica Player, October 2002. Rob Paparozzi has performed with such artists as Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Bobby McFerrin, and Lauryn Hill.)...
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“Janine Alondres has a great voice and knowledge of jazz standards. Her debut CD Dreams Do Come True presents some of the classics done in a contemporary style, but not too contemporary. Alondres says she is inspired by the likes of legendary jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson. However, she also has the pop stylings of Dionne Warwick and Barbara [sic] Streisand and the contemporary jazz sensitivity of Diane [sic] Krall and Diane Schurr.

Dreams Do Come True features classics like How High the Moon, Misty, The Very Thought of You, Summertime, When Sunny Gets Blue, I Wish You Love and God Bless the Child. However, the difference is that Alondres brings a fresh view to each song. Instead of using big band arrangements, Alondres uses contemporary arrangements that help to relate these classics to a younger audience. We all know that these songs will be around for years to come, but Alondres makes them relateable to today's musical taste.

Janine Alondres knows what she wants and gets it in Dreams Do Come True. There are a few songs that hit the mark better than others, but overall, this CD helps to bridge the gap between those who believe in a traditional style and those that like a more contemporary style. I hope that Alondres' next release will show her versatility. [sic] When Dreams Come True shows one side of Alondres and I hope she has many different sides. “

(As seen on JazzReview.com, March 2003. Reviewed by Norm Breest)

“Even though Alondres now lives in New York and records in California, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts still considers it a local album because it's represented by a local distributor. This album, a gorgeous celebration of classic American pop music, should be considered a front-runner in whatever Hoku Awards categories it will be eligible for in 2004. “Dreams Do Come True” is another gem Hawaii can be happy to claim as its own.

Alondres sings fresh jazzy arrangements of pop standards with a panache and full-bodied appeal rarely heard here -- think, perhaps, of Andrea Young or Kelly Covington. From “All My Tomorrows” through “God Bless the Child,” each selection feels more exquisite than the next. Alondres' voice eclipses some questionable string tracks in the otherwise lush arrangements and guarantees that this beautiful album will be the soundtrack for many a romantic moment.”

(As seen in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 28, 2003. Reviewed by John Berger.)

E-Jazznews.com (December 2003)

Janine Alondres: Dreams do come true (Honu)

There seems to be a surfeit of fine jazz singers out there at the moment. All of them are competing feverishly for the attention of the major labels, and almost all of them scuffling the same compositional floors, as it were. Janine Alondres stakes her claim for uniqueness with a singular sense of passion and clarity. Check out her original “Will It ever be”.

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