Born: January 24 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Nancy Marano was named Top 4 Jazz Vocalists of the Year by the IAJE Journal in recognition of her performance on the critically acclaimed CD If You Could See Us Now! with Manny Albam and The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.
Nancy has been profiled by Whitney Balliett in The New Yorker, and also by CBS Sunday Morning TV program. She has recorded Seven CDs to date as leader, and has recorded as a guest vocalist with Benny Carter and Dick Hyman. She has been a guest soloist in concerts with the Radio Big Bands of Koln, Germany and Slovenia, and sung at North Sea Jazz four times, Sea Jazz in Helsinki, Marca Jazz in Italy, and on The Norway Floating Jazz Festival. Performances: JVC Festival, IAJE, Women In Jazz at the Kennedy Center, The Alec Wilder Festival and at The Charlie Parker Festival with Benny Carter. Nancy led an accordion duo for 9 years, called Marano & Monteiro, with 2 recordings on the Denon label, and one produced by Nancy.
Very active in Jazz Education Internationally, Nancy has been a faculty member of Manhattan School of Music for 20 years. She teaches Jazz Voice, Ensembles, classes in Ear-Training and Sight-Singing, and Directs the Jazz Choir. She has also been a faculty member of William Paterson University for 14 years. International Master Classes: Amsterdam Conservatory Artist in Residence, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht Conservatory and the jazz program in Groningen - all in The Netherlands.
She has been the Jazz Vocal Faculty for the Summer Jazz Program at Amsterdam Conservatory for 3 summers. In the USA, Nancy has been a Voice Panelist for the NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts). Nancy is currently teaching intermediate voice for the famed Jazzmobile Workshops in Harlem, NY (4 years)
Nancy is also the vocal editor Bill Evans Fake Books, (Volumes I and II) and plans on publishing her first methods book called Musicianship for the Jazz Vocalist, based on her private lesson sessions with Jazz Singers in Voice, Piano, and Ear-Training. Nancy gives frequent Vocal Workshops in NYC called Sessions in Song & Swing on Thursday Evenings.
Nancy's latest recording, You're Nearer, was voted by Downbeat as among the best CD's of the 2000's. She can be heard accompanying herself on Piano for 2 Tracks, and arranged 9 of the 12 songs. There are quotes on the CD by Johnny Mandel, Dick Hyman, George Sheaing, Dave Brubeck, Annie Ross, Blossom Dearie, and Dave Frishberg. Nancy has a website with bio, listening samples and further information: www.NancyMarano.com.
Nancy has great musicianship, sound, and time and sings with emotion. She is one of those world-class spectacular singers. DAVE FRISHBERG
There is no superlative that overstates the way I feel about Nancy Marano's talent. BENNY CARTER
It's one thing to have a great voice . . . it's another to know how to sing and tell a story. Nancy knows. . . . MARILYN AND ALAN BERGMAN
Nancy is a songwriter's dream. JOHNNY MANDEL
You're Nearer is a beautiful example of Nancy's superlative work. I consider her a singer's singer, both for her lyrical quality and her scatting. DICK HYMAN
In Nancy Marano I have met a true colleague, both as a teacher and a performer. BARRY HARRIS
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New York Area, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
FACULTY: William Paterson University,(14 years) Manhattan School of Music,(20 years) Jazzmobile Workshops in Harlem,NYC (3 years-intermediate voice) NANCY MARANO PRIVATE JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOPS: (14 YEARS) (1) Sessions in Song & Swing (2) Jazz Vocal Performance - FALL SESSION, September- December: SPRING SESSION, March thru June. NANCY'S PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/EAR-TRAINING LESSONS: Accepting New Students. All Classes with Nancy focus on The art of Critical Listening, Intonation and Phrasing, Musicianship, Rhythmic Interpretation, Jazz Conception, Rehearsing the Band, Performance Anxiety. Nancy teaches internationally, clinics,workshops, concerts, etc. currently has been writing arrangements for Jazz Choir, which she now brings to her Master Classes, adding a new dimension to her presentations. She also writes arrangements for other vocalists.
Master Classes - The Essentials of Great Singing - "How Do I?" Focusing on a specific topic each week- swinging, phrasing, using the lyric to swing, scatting (what is it and what should it consist of?) telling the story - Swinging on your own! Building the song in performance, how to talk to the band, dealing with stage fright, etc.