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Anne Walsh

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts where a large Brazilian population dwells, and as a child her vivid imagination was initially captured by songs ranging from Broadway productions like The Sound Of Music, and singers like Ella Fitzgerald, to the distinctive jazz-pop stylings of Brazil '66. She studied music extensively, eventually earning a Master’s degree in music after moving West. Walsh performed in clubs, light operas and musicals, all of which helped shape her unique musical identity. She has performed at clubs and concert venues throughout California including The Carpenter Center, McKinney Theater, The Jazz Bakery, Spaghettini, and Spazio...
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Urban Network: “With her latest release, Pretty World, she (Walsh) has padded pure and barefoot into a spellbinding universe of impeccably selected songs from the realms of Brazilian-kissed jazz. The result is the most impressive contemporary approach to balancing compositions deserving of wider recognition with standards as has been rendered in many a velvet moon. Most outstanding are three originally instrumental songs that were lyricized by Joe DeRenzo…Each song is impeccably arranged…This is simply the most refreshing contemporary jazz vocal album of the year.”

Smooth Jazz Therapy: “…Anne Walsh has sublimely captured the concept of this planet of ours as a beautiful place to be. Her voice is as clear as a bell and as she joyously interprets a range of songs that span the decades; the entire collection is blessed with a luscious string section and picture perfect production from husband Thomas Zink…Walsh navigates this wonderful amalgam of buoyant Brazilian jazz grooves and poignant heart tugging ballads with total aplomb yet the fact that three memorable instrumentals have been given original lyrics, written specially for Walsh by Joe DeRenzo, simply adds to the creativity of this refreshing piece of work…Anne Walsh is on a fast-track to stardom.”

Sounds of Timeless Jazz: “…the dynamic song stylist gives these tracks her best shot and wows listeners with versatile phrasing, poignant interpretive skills and multi-octave vocal prowess. Walsh is accompanied by some of the best musicians on the jazz scene today… The Portuguese version of ‘My Favorite Things’ is one of the best songs on this recording. Walsh sings with ease and emotion over beautiful orchestration and accomplished saxophone accompaniment by the great Gary Meek and brilliant bass work by Brian Bromberg. Overall, Pretty World surpasses the standards Walsh set for herself on her previous recording(s) and should delight her new and existing fans.”

Jazz Weekly: “Her voice is as sweet as sugar cane, yet with enough huskiness to give some push to the lyrics. An impressive debut for a lady who’s got excellent taste and knows how to flavor a tune.”

O’s Place Jazz Newsletter: “The music is refreshing and engaging…Walsh has a voice that is as comforting as a good pillow!”

Primary Instrument:
Vocalist

Location:
Long Beach, CA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Anne has been teaching voice for over a decade, and is currently on the teaching faculty at AMDA, LA. She taught vocal conservatory at Orange County High School for the Performing Arts, where she periodically conducts master classes, and is on applied faculty at Mount St. Mary's College. Anne teaches the technique for all styles of singing and her students have appeared in diverse productions on stage and screen including Broadway productions, the Hollywood Bowl, American Idol, and Disney's Hannah Montana. $35 1/2hr | $65 hr

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinics range from specifics in vocal technique and performance, to audition techniques, and many other "real world" information. Because of Anne's extensive and varied performance experiences, she is able to give a broad, and deep overview of the types of circumstances that students are likely to encounter, and help provide them with a wide variety of helpful hints and expertise. Having been schooled classically, studied with numerous high level teachers and performed professionally in Opera, Musical Theater, Pop and Jazz, she is able to provide a broad variety of technical expertise as well as real world experience.

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Pretty World
Self Produced (2009)

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