It could be said that there are two types of jazz singers. Some function as instrumentalists, using the melody and lyrics as mere points of departure before they create abstract improvisations. The other type are those who are storytellers, digging deep into the meaning of the words they sing, paying respect to the composers’ melodies while still making each song their own. John Vance falls into the latter category.
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“He has a jazz sensibility that sets him apart from the others.” --All About Jazz
“...Vance reveals his background as an actor and delivers an emotional reading worthy of an Oscar nomination.” --Jazz Review
“Light and comfortable... Vance turns each piece into a gentle caress.” --LA Jazz Scene
“He deserves a wide, appreciative audience.” --Cadence Magazine