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Sylvia Bennett

Born: May 21, 1956    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Sylvia Bennett

”Man, the lady can sing! Her magic gets to the ears and the hearts of the audience.” - Lionel Hampton

Cole Porter once asked, “What Is This Thing Called Love,” and it’s a question that many of our greatest artists have grappled with ever since” creating some of America’s most enduring and timeless music in the process. Now, it’s Sylvia Bennett’s turn. On her new album, Songs From The Heart featuring the Three Tenors - Boots Randolph, Ed Calle and Kirk Whalum, the smooth jazz and pop vocalist sings of the vicissitudes of love with a warmth, clarity and spirit that is enveloping and tender, showcasing the depth of her skill, talent and experience....
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”Welcome to the new classic. Songs from the Heart is a collection of unforgettable tunes that create a brilliant stage for Sylvia to shine on with amazing clarity...her warm, sweet & smooth vocal delivery is breathtaking. The natural sonic approach will appeal to music enthusiasts of all ages.”

Sandy Shore, Smoothjazz.com

The holidays are just a heartbeat away at this point... for some a source of frustration but for most a delightful thought! Here’s something for all of the above... IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME WITH SYLVIA BENNETT... the lovely songstress that accompanied Lionel Hampton through the years. Sylvia shines on the classic Christmas carols, favorites for sure. She jazzes up “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” featuring Ed Calle on sax… she reaches deep into her soul for “Silent Night,” hips to the hop on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and sings the heck out of “The Christmas Song.” In addition you will find three original holiday tunes on IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME WITH SYLVIA BENNETT... this is the first Yule release we are directing your attention to. It’s never too early to light up for the holidays!

Sandy Shore, Smoothjazz.com

“Songs from the Heart is not just another jazz vocals album, it is a ground breaking project. Sylvia Bennett creates a perfect marriage of voice and sax singing wonderful jazzy love songs with the help of a cast of luminaries. Bennett charms her way into your heart.”

Edward Blanco, WDNA, Miami

“Sylvia Bennett’s new CD has lit up our telephone lines. She has a unique ability to relate a lyric that affects our audience. She’s an oasis from the troubles in the world.”

Jeff Gehringer, Program Director KSPA/KFSD Anaheim, CA

“You have not heard a collection of standards sung more passionately than the manner in which Sylvia Bennett delivers them. With the assistance of three of the music industry’s most prolific tenor saxophonists, Bennett & producer Hal S. Batt have created a masterpiece with Songs from the Heart.”

Joe Montague, Riveting Rifts

“Sylvia Bennett is a singer that personifies artistry in the truest sense of the word. Her tone is warm & pleasing to the ear. This album is like shaking hands with a smile as all the players bring their ‘A’ game to the session. There is no need to get the jeweler’s loop out on this record as the performers prove that great music speaks for itself.”

John Gilbert, ejazznews.com


It's Christmas Time with Sylvia Bennett
Out of Sight Music
2008
Tracks: 1. A Rainbow Christmas; 2. Winter Wonderland; 3. Silent Night; 4. It's Christmas Time; 5. Silver Bells; 6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town; 7. Wrap You Up For Christmas; 8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; 9. Christmas Lights; 10. The Christmas Song;
Personnel: Sylvia Bennett: Vocals. Hal S. Batt: Producer, Engineer, Programming, Guitar, Background Vocals. Ed Calle: Tenor Saxophone. Marcelo Azevedo: Bass. Paul Harris: Piano. Frank Derrick: Drums. Sammy Figueroa: Percussion. Astrid Pasmino: Background Vocals. Donna Allen: Background Vocals. Diane Williams: Background Vocals. Tiffany Ezekowitz: Choral Director. St. Rose of Lima School: Children's Chorus.


Songs From The Heart
Out of Sight Music
2008
Tracks: 1. Embraceable You; 2. They Can't Take That Away From Me; 3. My Funny Valentine; 4. Since I Fell for You; 5. Someone to Watch Over Me; 6. Ain't Misbehavin'; 7. Here's That Rainy Day; 8. I Still Love You; 9. When Sunny Gets Blue; 10. You Make Me Feel So Young; 11. How Long Has This Been Going On; 12. As Time Goes By;
Personnel: Sylvia Bennett: Vocals. Hal S. Batt: Producer, Guitar. Boots Randolph: Tenor Saxophone. Ed Calle: Tenor Saxophone. Kirk Whalum: Tenor Saxophone. Chuck Bergeron: Bass. Brian Murphy: Piano. Frank Derrick: Drums. Sammy Figueroa: Percussion.


There Will Never Be Another You
Out of Sight Music
2006
Tracks: 1 Just One Of Those Things; 2 There Will Never Be Another You; 3 Cookin' In the Kitchen a.k.a. Jumpin' In the Mudhole); 4 Sweet Man Of Mine; 5 Beulah's Boogie; 6 Bill Bailey; 7 It Might As Well Be Spring; 8 Together; 9 Red Top; 10 Please Love Me; 11 Someday; 12 You Make My Heart Sing; 13 You Make My Heart Sing - Remix;
Personnel: Name: instrument.


Sentimental Journey
Atlantic Records
1985
Tracks: 1 Sentimental Journey; 2 Don't Get Around Much Anymore; 3 The Lady Is a Tramp; 4 Undecided; 5 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing; 6 It's All Right With Me; 7 Lullaby of Birdland; 8 Almost Like Being in Love; 9 Avalon (Instrumental;)
Personnel: Douglas Miller: Saxophone. Pat O'Leary: Bass. Charles Stephens: Trombone. Jerry Weldon: Saxophone. Adam Brenner: Saxophone. Chris Gulhaugen: Trombone. John Pendenza: Trumpet. Lee Romano: Trumpet. David Schumacher: Saxophone. Rick Visone: Drums. Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra: Performer. Sam Turner: Percussion. Thomas Chapin: Saxophone. John Gordon: Trombone. Sylvia Bennett: Vocals. Alan Simon: Piano. Robert Trowers: Trombone. Al Bryant: Trumpet. Vince Cutro: Trumpet. Lionel Hampton: Synthesizer, Performer, Vibraphone, Main Performer.

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