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.)
In March 2004, Ms. Alondres’ album ‘dreams do come true‘ won the Hawaii Music Award for “Adult Contemporary Album of the Year” and in April 2004, she was also nominated for a Hawaiian Na Hoku Hanohano Music award for “Jazz Album of the Year.”
Ms. Alondres performed at The Hideaway Room at Helen’s in the Winter of ’05 and Spring ‘06 . Her show was titled “A Simple Romance” and included songs about her personal relationships with people who have played a very important role in her life. She is currently working with Shelly Markham on a 60’s Tribute Act titled “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” which she is planning on opening up in the Spring/Summer of ’07.
Ms. Alondres will begin her next recording project in the Winter of ‘07. The recording will be a “tribute to the 60’s.” So far she has selected such 60’s classics such as, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, A House is Not a Home, Hurting Each Other, Up Up and Away, Sunny, and many more.
Ms. Alondres’ achievements have included performing at San Francisco’s premier cabaret venue, The Plush Room, former New York City cabaret Eighty-Eight’s, and Danny’s Skylight Cabaret, and The Hideaway Room at Helen’s in New York. She has been invited to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at a number of professional sports venues for teams such as the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Lakers and the California Angels. Ms. Alondres has also performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in New York for a corporate event, and has been a special guest performer at various charity fundraisers.
Ms. Alondres studied Opera at California State University, Long Beach, where she fell for jazz standards. While at Cal State, she was a member of the musical group, ‘Voce’. In 1992, Ms. Alondres came to New York to follow her musical dreams. She was accepted to participate in a cabaret symposium at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, where she had the privilege of studying with well-respected cabaret performers such as Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson and Anne Francine.
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.