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Monica Ramey

“When you see Monica Ramey step onto the stage, you're not quite sure what to expect. But when this Nashvillian opens her mouth, a smooth, velvety voice formed by years of study and countless performances comes tumbling out, putting her own fresh spin on jazz standards.” Angela Patterson - The Tennessean

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Now that the trend of aging rockers cutting albums of show tunes and standards seems thankfully to have run its course, we're back to vocalists with a real feel for and understanding of the jazz tradition doing them justice. Nashville's Monica Ramey is a shining example. Her excellent release Make Someone Happy offers resourceful, soaring and engaging interpretations of material from The Great American Songbook.

Ramey, who'll appear Friday night at F. Scott's, credits her producers Nashville Jazz Workshop co-founders bassist Roger Spencer and pianist Lori Mechem ��” as well as vocal mentor Sandra Dudley and ace instrumentalists George Tidwell and Denis Solee ��” with giving her the guidance and assistance necessary to make memorable versions of classic and numbers.

“I was a member of the All American Grammy High School Jazz Band & Choir, which changed my musical life,” Ramey recalls. ”From that experience I knew my purpose was to do whatever I could to preserve jazz as a vital art form of our culture and society

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