Described by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune as having “a stirring and special voice,” Joanie Pallatto is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Pallatto toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra as a featured vocalist before moving to Chicago in 1979. Co-owner and partner with pianist/composer and husband, Bradley Parker-Sparrow at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio and Southport Records, Pallatto has expertise in all aspects of musical production. As a studio singer and voiceover talent, she has recorded on hundreds of Radio and TV commercials. As a jazz vocalist, Pallatto has performed at Chicago clubs City Winery, Andy's and The Green Mill and New York venues the Iridium, Pangea and Birdland. Concert engagements have included Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Park West, Stage 773 and Bailiwick Theater; she was also a featured soloist with Daniel Barenboim in Ellington Among Friends at Symphony Center in 1999.
Awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award for Extra-Ordinary Contributions to the Music Industry, Chicago Music Awards (2021); The Coleman Award in Music Business Entrepreneurship from Elmhurst College (2018) and the Jazz Journalist Association Chicago Jazz Heroes Award, to Joanie Pallatto & Sparrow (2016.)
Joanie Pallatto My Original Plan (2021) featuring modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, showcases Singer-Songwriter Pallatto's fourteen original Jazzy-Pop songs! Produced by Fareed Haque and Joanie Pallatto. The Single Do Butterflies Cry? is available on all digital platforms, and the music video, a rhythmic journey through nature and the beautiful countryside of Costa Rica, is available for viewing on YouTube.com. This Winter is a heartwarming track from the CD with a music photo video.
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A stirring and special voice.
RICK KOGAN, The Chicago Tribune
Joanie Pallatto has a voice that is forever young, and enchanting
LEE PROSSER, jazzreview.com
She sings voluptuously, her voice all but overflowing the bounds of her music!
NEIL TESSER, author, The PLAYBOY Guide to Jazz (Plume)
... impressively in control ... Pallatto stands out in an overcrowded field
LLOYD SACHS, The Chicago Sun-Times
An airiness of spirit and a certain twinkle in the eye that pulls everything together and draws a listener in.
CHRIS HEIM, WBEZ 91.5 FM (Chicago Public Radio)
JOHN MCDONOUGH, DownBeat Magazine