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Quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about jazz singers on the New York scene, Marianne Solivan does not remember an “ah-ha” moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: “I don’t recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it.”

It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style. The infallible swing of Ella, the daring of Betty Carter, the matter-of factness of Carmen McRae…They can all be found in the voice of Marianne Solivan, whom trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has called “the modern-day paradigm to which all singers should aspire.”

It is no coincidence that the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with such noted musicians as Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Ray Gallon (Ron Carter, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton, T.S. Monk), Ugonna Ukegwo (Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrason) and Jane Monheit’s sidemen Neal Minor and Michael Kanan.

Born in Queens, New York, Solivan’s family lived in Venezuela and New Jersey before settling in Massachusetts, where she attended high school. Already an alto sax student, it was in secondary school that she began singing seriously, studying classical voice and appearing in musical theater productions. Upon graduating, she entered Boston Conservatory on scholarship with a concentration in musical theater. After her first year in college, Solivan took time off from school and drifted away from singing, not returning for three years. The urge to resume singing lessons and go back to school coincided with her discovery of the voice that would become her greatest influence: Ella Fitzgerald.

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Prisoner of Love receives 4 STARS -Downbeat Magazine September 2012 issue

“This is it. Marianne Solivan’s Prisoner of Love is probably the best vocal jazz record of the year. The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme “ - Blinded by Sound

“If this is, indeed, Solivan's initial dalliance into the jazz recording arena, better days for the art form, as a whole, certainly are ahead!” - Jazz Inside Magazine

“Solivan’s expression of classic jazz feeling and values is so room-filling and personal, you really can’t fault her disc one bit.” - Ottowa Jazz Citizen

“When she sings “All Or Nothing At All” as a duo with bassist Christian McBride, there’s a genuine give-and-take, because she has the harmonic grasp and precise intonation to trade improvised phrases.”

“…among the most promising distaff jazz singers to emerge in the new millennium…a rare ability to pick repertoire so as to avoid the overdone to cliché standards that keep reappearing on every new album by aspiring jazz singers.” – THE NYC JAZZ RECORD “…sweetly candid, delves beneath the familiar

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

BA Music Ed & Performance from Berklee College of Music MA in Jazz Studies from The New England Conservatory Available for: Private lessons Workshops and Clinics Weekly Jazz Vocal Workshop in Brooklyn NY Experience teaching grades K-12 in the public schools for over 9 years College level voice, ear training, sight reading and performance classes 10 years private studio experience

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Album Spark by Marianne Solivan

Spark

HiPNOTIC Records
2015

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Prisoner of Love

HiPNOTIC Records
2012

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