Born: November 3, 1959 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
I’m from Richmond VA where at 15 I got to sing with my two brother’s top 40 band for a few years before heading off to college. I studied as a voice major at VCU for a year operatically and got to be in the 4th jazz band. Not a ringing endorsement, but nonetheless, it was a great school. I’ve been in bands ever since covering all kinds of music and writing my songs as well. As for five years from now, I hope to be playing, singing teaching and doing what I love.
A couple years back, I was lucky enough to meet Paul Langosch and Jay Cooley and they took me under their musical wing that steered us in more of a jazz/blues direction.
The Redmond, Langosch and Cooley Trio came together out of a love for the “Great American Songbook”; a living trust of the creative genius of composers both with us and departed. Redmond, Langosch and Cooley are three musicians from divergent backgrounds sharing a love these great songs. The band has focused on music from many different sources, drawing from the 1930’s to today’s contemporary composers. This ensemble seamlessly bridges an assortment of much-loved musical styles. Each member of the band brings a unique perspective to this material, resulting in a vibrant take on each song presented. Mary Ann Redmond’s brilliant vocals are the glue that holds the project together while Langosch and Cooley provide support derived from a deep understanding of live as well as studio performance. Together they produce a jazz inspired interpretation of songs in a wide range of styles. In addition, the ensemble also draws from the pen of Ms. Redmond, whose compositions are gaining both critical and popular attention.
Singing and performing, the truth is I have no choice. It’s not really a career choice but it is the beautiful gift in my life that keeps me happy and inspired. I’m so grateful.
Awards:22 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIEs)
Mary Ann Redmond, Paul Langosch And Jay Cooley – COMPARED TO WHAT: When I cracked this CD open and listened to (just) the first few notes, I dashed off a request for an interview with Mary Ann - she is nothing short of VOLCANIC!I give Mary Ann & crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating right at the top – 5.00! -IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION, CD REVIEW by Rotcod Zzaj
Nils Lofgren describes singer/songwriter Mary Ann Redmond as a great, great singer, `an exciting vocal talent ....Redmond is wowing club audiences as a completely formed stylist, who sings heartfelt ballads and funky tunes with equal ease and enthusiasm in an alto voice that soars effortlessly to soprano range. She is joined by the wonderful Paul Langosch on bass and Jay Cooley on piano in an eclectic collection of songs from composers such as Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin, Leonard Cohen; also included is Mary Ann Redmond & Todd Wright's hit song, Love Me Anyway. Amazon.com - 5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting the standards with great style - and nothing compares by Grady Harp
Great Falls, VA