Born: November 2, 1959 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Arlene Bardelle has been dazzling audiences with her tasteful vocal stylings for the past several years. Chicago is her home base, where she works with some of the finest musicians in town. Arlene was a mainstay at the famed Coq D'or in the Drake hotel for many years with Craig Lanigan.
Arlene's long time accompanist, the renowned jazz pianist Tommy Muellner says, Some singers just scratch the surface of the great American songbook, but Arlene digs deep into its core. She really swings, and accompanying her is a pleasant dream come true!
Arlene has always loved the grand old movies of the 30's and 40's, and has accumulated a vast repertoire of the great American standard songbook as a result. Arlene sites jazz vocal icon Ella Fitzgerald as a major influence on her singing abilities. Some of Arlene's other significant influences include Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Irene Kral. She also sites Judy Garland as one of her early influences.
Arlene has performed at many top notch Chicago venues such as the Pump Room, the Drake Hotel, Pops for Champagne, Fitzgerald's, the Jazz Showcase, Green Dolphin Street, and Philander's. Arlene also has performed for political fundraiser cruises on Lake Michigan, private events at the Crystal Ballroom at Navy Pier, and corporate performances for top Chicago agents.
Arlene has performed with many other fine pianists such as Tom Muellner, John Campbell, Jeremy Kahn and Dennis Luxion. She performs with some exceptional bassist as well, including Kelly Sill, Jim Cox, Rob Amster (Kurt Elling's bassist), Larry Kohut, Joe Policastro and Larry Gray (Ramsey Lewis's bassist). She works with many fine drummers, including Tim Davis, Phil Gratteau, Bob Rummage and Rusty Jones (of George Shearing fame). She has also performed with the great multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, saxophonists Eric Schneider and Ron Dewar, as well as trumpeter Art Davis.
Her latest recording Blue Gardenia will be released in early 2010. Photo Gallery