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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.

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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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