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Julie Hardy

Jazz Times critic Christopher Loudon states that “Hardy lives, like [Kurt] Elling and [Bobby] McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.”

With one step into the world of Julie Hardy, it is clear that she is not a typical jazz singer. The Wish, her new release on World Culture Music (September 2007), shows us a highly trained composer, improviser and re-inventor of jazz standards, backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best young jazz talent.

Through a diverse program of wordless originals and re-workings of timeless standards, Hardy has developed a sound that is truly unique and honest. She aims to tell a story with or without lyrics and she carefully chooses repertoire based on a strong, personal connection. “Arranging is a way of making standards my own and connecting to the song.” Hardy's unique and modern approach puts a fresh spin on the standards she sings, helping to bring them into the here and now instead of looking back towards the past. “I chose the songs on this record because they move me and not because it is expected of me as a jazz singer.”

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“...Inspirationally, [Julie Hardy is] at home with Kurt Elling or Bobby McFerrin, painting eloquent tone poems and vibrant scat-framed landscapes as she wanders wherever imagination and keen intelligence lead. Eight tracks shape Hardy's A Moment's Glance (Fresh Sound New Talent), divided equally between ingenious covers (including a superb- ly introspective “Haunted Heart” and a stridently urgent “It's All Right With Me”) and perpsicacious originals (most notably the angulary romantic title track and euphoric “Growing”)...Hardy lives, like Elling and McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.”


- Christopher Loudon
JazzTimes (June 2005)

Julie Hardy’s debut CD, A Moment’s Glance, introduced a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands: candlelit standards (”My Romance”), repurposed pop hits (”And I Love Him”), effortless improvisation and a strong writer’s pen...We’re eager to hear what comes next.
-Steve Smith, TimeOut New York (March 2007)

“...Hardy's voice is acrobatic and pliable but she doesn't rub her formidable skills in your face, delivering the words in a tone that is often soft and impressionistic as Luciana Souza

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach

Beginners

Credentials/Background

For students who would like to focus on jazz:

* development of healthy vocal technique
* expand jazz repertoire, build a "book" of tunes
* how to write out your own charts and learn how to tranpose and find keys that work for you
* exploration of style, interpretation and phrasing
* play basic jazz chords at the piano
* ear training & improvisation (scat singing)
* preparation for demo recordings
* development of business skills that enable you to interact effectively with booking agents and the media

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