Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Dr. Tish Oney, vocalist, arranger, pianist, composer and Artistic Director of several internationally-touring productions including her brand new 'Sweet Youth' tour (celebrating the summer 2011 release of her new duo album with guitarist John Chiodini), 'The Peggy Lee Project,' 'Tish Oney's Big Band Excursion,' 'Tish Oney's Swingin' Christmas, and 'An Evening With Tish Oney,' completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Southern California's renowned Thornton School of Music. 'Sweet Youth' features the great John Chiodini on electric and acoustic guitars in a mesmerizing interplay of voice and guitar performing original music and duo arrangements of jazz standards the likes of which have not been experienced since Ella Fitzgerald collaborated with Joe Pass... 'The Peggy Lee Project,' resulting from Oney's dissertation research, features Dr. Oney's updated, contemporary jazz arrangements of original songs by Peggy Lee to the delight of both young and seasoned audiences. Tish's collaboration with Lee's former music director and guitarist, John Chiodini and his talented jazz trio has produced this unparalleled tribute to an important twentieth-century American female songwriter. 'Tish Oney's Swingin' Christmas,' which debuted at the famous Jazz Bakery, features your favorite holiday music gift-wrapped in contemporary and classic jazz styles. 'Tish Oney's Big Band Excursion' (Tish's new big band show) highlights her calling as a big band vocalist and features contemporary arrangements of classic and original jazz by award-winning arrangers Chris Walden, Joe Riposo and Jason Goldman. 'An Evening With Tish Oney,' Tish's solo piano/vocal show, appropriately entertains smaller, intimate venues. A highly successful crossover artist, Dr. Oney also tours as a lyric soprano soloist, performing oratorio and recitals.
Oney's second CD, 'Dear Peg,' earned international recognition in WHLI Radio's Top 50 Releases of 2009. She has performed and recorded with several noted jazz artists including Les Brown, Donald Byrd, John Chiodini, Bill Watrous, Bill Cunliffe, Noel Freidline, Bob Rozario, Bob Sachs, Ray Brinker, Mark Sherman, Ken Wild, Alan Steinberger, Joel Hamilton, Kendall Kay, Bob Leatherbarrow, Paul Beaudry, Joe Riposo, Steve Brown, Bill Harris, and George Reed, among others.
Tish maintains a very active touring and recording career. Her singing has been featured internationally on radio, television and internet media. In 2009 Tish embarked on a national tour following the release of Dear Peg, and continues to appear worldwide as a full-time touring vocal artist. Tish has headlined at Earshot Jazz Festival (Kirkland, WA), Syracuse Jazzfest (Syracuse, NY), Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, WI), Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, IL), Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (Thousand Oaks, CA) and the Hawai'i Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), among other regional theaters and large venues. She has performed at regional jazz hotspots from The Jazz Bakery and Charlie O's Jazz Club in Los Angeles to The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina to Michael Feinstein's elite Park Avenue cabaret, Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York.
'Dear Peg' honors the songwriting achievements of vocal jazz icon Peggy Lee and features former members of Lee's band including John Chiodini, guitar, Bill Watrous, trombone and Bob Leatherbarrow, vibes. The band also features L.A. jazz stars Kendall Kay on drums and Joel Hamilton on bass.
A mainstay in the Los Angeles and New York jazz scenes, Tish has been lauded in the 2008 book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. She has also recently been honored to be named The 2011-12 Robert G. Boehmler Visiting Artist at Ithaca College School of Music. A recipient of The Diane Warren Award, Dr. Oney earned a second initiation into national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda for her musical excellence. Dr. Oney earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. She continues to actively perform, record, compose, arrange, teach master classes and appear worldwide as a soloist in both jazz and classical circles. Her diverse artistic talents combine to form a consummate vocal artist with exceptional technique, improvisational skill, and expertise.
Awards:The Diane Warren Award (2005) The Barbara Troxell Award for Vocal Excellence The Falconer Prize Two SAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Jazz Album (Forever Friend) 2002 Twice inducted into national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda 2011-12 Robert G. Boehmler Visiting Artist (Ithaca College School of Music)
(Sweet Youth is) a vocal jazz album, but one with a nice sort of difference, given that the vocals of Tish Oney are only backed by a bit of acoustic guitar! Yet despite the lack of familiar piano, bass, and drums, Tish has a hell of a swinging sound...one that often leads off a tune without the guitar, and then seems to inspire the instrument to stretch out on its own! She's a hell of a singer with a great ability to stretch out her lyrics in true jazz-based ways, really inflecting things yet never going too far over the top, and making for a nice mix with guitarist John Chiodini on the record. Titles include a few nice originals: Year Round Blues, Sweet Youth, Lonely Evening, and Ask Seek Knock plus versions of Alice In Wonderland, September In The Rain, and Tis Autumn. (Dusty Groove America)
I had the chance and privilege to work with Tish on her Peggy Lee Project a few months back. Her artistry is extremely sharp, from perfect vocal chops to great story telling, not to mention a very well tailored show. Precise, accurate and captivating, Tish will take you on a delightful journey... Do yourself a favor, don't (just) go see her show, RUN! (Jean-Pierre Perreaux, Technical Director, The Metropolitan Room, New York, NY)
I appeared with Tish Oney in Las Vegas at the Dennis Bono show. The house was packed and she was working on her Peggy Lee Project at the time. As a professional singer for over 25 years I can say that Tish is one of the finest and smoothest vocalists I have ever heard. The variety and complexity of the songs she performed were great.... not only that, she brought down the house! When you need a pro, call Tish Oney. (Larry G Jones, Comic Singing Impressionist celebrating over 2,000 Las Vegas shows)
Dr. Tish Oney is introducing a new generation to the songs of Peggy Lee while putting her own spin on them, but Oney is so much more than this project. She is one of the finest arrangers and composers on the jazz music scene today and her vocals are breathtakingly beautiful. (Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs Magazine)
By the end of her first tune it was evident that Oney had a beautiful voice, warm and low. . . She sang perfectly in tune with amazing breath control, and her time (meter) was impeccable, and most of all, phrased with complete respect to the lyric. . .I had the realization that I was listening to a true jazz singer doing a beautifully presented themed show, such as you might hear at a fine NYC jazz cabaret such as Michael Feinstein's by singers like Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Monheit, or the late Blossom Dearie. I also recall that only once before, attending one of Cleo Laine's Las Vegas appearances, I said every singer in town ought to be here, for this is a singing lesson, as well as great performance and entertainment. I now can say the same thing of Tish Oney. 'Happy With the Blues,' a fast and challenging opus was done as a dialogue between voice and bass without piano. It was a tour de force of vocal prowess, high risk for anyone without superb pitch and infallible rhythm. 'Lullaby of Birdland' bubbled with Tish's amazing ability as a scat singer, utilizing refreshingly new scat words and sounds. After performing her final selection, 'I Love Being Here With You,' it was more than evident that the audience loved being there with Tish and company. (Frank Leone, Editor of Jazz Notes! The Newsletter of the Las Vegas Jazz Society and President, Las Vegas Musician's Union)
When Tish Oney sings, the sweetness of her soul blooms like a pungent, colorful, beautiful orchid, and that should be enough for many listeners. Add that she is arranging and re-interpreting the repertoire of singer/songwriter Peggy Lee, is accompanied by Lee's former music director, guitarist John Chiodini, assisted by former Lee soloists trombonist Bill Watrous and vibraphonist Bob Leatherbarrow, endorsed by Lee's granddaughter, and you have the makings of a perfect win-win situation. Oney has a truly pitch-perfect voice, wonderful phrasings, and enough swing or scat to own her personal page in the legitimate jazz singer's ledger. Seriously--this woman and her team not only do these songs justice, but can easily elevate them to an area that will thoroughly please Lee's fans, and turn a new generation on to them. Tish Oney does Lee and her songs prouder than anyone in contemporary times, and should give more famous singers like Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, or Jane Monheit pause for concern. She's firmly on their trail. (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide)
Tish Oney really delivers the lyric! Performing music from The Peggy Lee Project, her senses of swing and phrasing along with her effortless tone and vocal finesse draw listeners at all levels of musical sophistication into the story she tells. Tish not only carries the torch for all the great ladies in jazz, but keeps the genre alive and current. (James D'Arrigo, Producer, The Dennis Bono Show, Las Vegas)
Oney presents Lee's songs in her own style, placing them within a modern context, while taking advantage of the wonderful band which she has assembled. It is a treat to listen to a singer who is poised, relaxed, and who imparts a feeling of unhurried elegance. Oney's diction is so precise that the listener has no trouble hearing all of Lee's clever lyrics. (She) is able to mirror Peggy Lee's sophistication without slavishly copying it. Oney's excellent skills as a producer and arranger are noticeable on 'Dear Peg,' as the songs flow effortlessly and the arrangements feel natural and appropriate. There is no doubt that 'Dear Peg' will introduce a new audience to the fine songs that Peggy Lee penned throughout her long and celebrated career. 'Dear Peg' also marks the arrival of Tish Oney, a welcome addition to the jazz scene. (Steve Gedrose, Riveting Riffs magazine)
Tish Oney is an impressive singer with a subtle style within the jazz mainstream. Oney digs deep into the songs and shows that she is one of the more rewarding jazz singers currently based in the Los Angeles area. 'Dear Peg' is highly recommended. (Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene)
A voice like Tish Oney 's is a prime example of what other jazz singers strive for. Pitch perfect. Crystal clear. . . and all encompassing. Her innate understanding of the art (both emotionally and intellectually) not only reels you in willingly and begging for more, but creates a memory that lingers on far after she leaves the stage. (Michael Sterling, Producer, Sterling 's Upstairs at Vitello 's, Los Angeles)
The lovely Dr. Oney serenaded the enthusiastic crowd with medleys of songs by Porter, Van Heusen, Gershwin, and Kern, among others. Her bell-clear voice was the perfect instrument . . . Oney is also a songwriter herself. Her composition without lyrics 'Waltz For Ellie' showcased her talents as a scat singer, while her 'You Make Me Think I 'm In Love' could easily find itself in The Great American Songbook one day. (Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA.com)
Miss Oney was absolutely a treat. A voice reminiscent of Doris Day and others from the bygone Jazz era, she delighted everyone in the mostly packed club with hits from the Great American Songbook. There did not seem to be any style she was not comfortable with. . . she is certainly ready to take LA and make it her own. Keep your eyes open and your schedules clear for any future dates with this beautiful lady with a voice of gold! (LA Times.com)
An amazing voice. (Gary Morgan, CBS Radio Los Angeles)
Tish Oney, as a purist vocalist, combines a formal background with a jazz style that oozes with phrasing and execution but still is delivered with ease. In our club environment, this is called perfection. (Bob Masteller, Owner and Jazz Musician, The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, SC)
A brilliant vocalist. (Frank Malfitano, Executive Producer, Syracuse Jazzfest and Detroit Jazz Festival)
Tish has a calm and cool style that conveys understanding while her vocals resonate with emotion. Tish sings from the heart. (John Chiodini, Former Musical Director for Peggy Lee, Guitarist and Composer)
Tish Oney is a fresh, new vocalist who swings with the best of them, while always remaining willing to explore the musical 'road less traveled'. (Ray Brinker, jazz drummer)
The best voice I've heard since Doris Day. (Les Brown)
Oney, a 2001 SAMMY nominee for Best Jazz Vocalist, has delighted audiences from Hawaii to Rome with her swinging scat and soulful ballads. She's the consummate jazz artist, with vocal technique and improv skill to spare. (Kate Stevenson, The Syracuse New Times)
(Tish Oney performed) an intimate and classic evening of jazz/cabaret that filled my heart with nostalgia. Ms. Oney's crystal clear vocals, and the soft yet extremely intricate accompaniment of her truly talented musicians, gave the evening a charm and quality rarely seen today. The three performed as one-- simple and eloquent. As they say, less is more. This show was the most. (Stu Hamstra, editor, Cabaret Hotline Online)
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Full-time touring performer, arranger and Artist-In-Residence at universities, conservatories, colleges and schools nationwide. I provide concerts, workshops, master classes and guest lectures in jazz, classical and musical theatre styles.