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Nancy Marano

Nancy Marano was named “Top 4 Jazz Vocalists of the Year” by the IAJE Journal in recognition of her performance on the critically acclaimed CD “If You Could See Us Now!” with Manny Albam and The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.

Nancy has been profiled by Whitney Balliett in The New Yorker, and also by CBS Sunday Morning TV program. She has recorded Seven CDs to date as leader, and has recorded as a guest vocalist with Benny Carter and Dick Hyman. She has been a guest soloist in concerts with the Radio Big Bands of Koln, Germany and Slovenia, and sung at North Sea Jazz four times, Sea Jazz in Helsinki, Marca Jazz in Italy, and on The Norway Floating Jazz Festival. Performances: JVC Festival, IAJE, Women In Jazz at the Kennedy Center, The Alec Wilder Festival and at The Charlie Parker Festival with Benny Carter. Nancy led an accordion duo for 9 years, called Marano & Monteiro, with 2 recordings on the Denon label, and one produced by Nancy.

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”Nancy Marano is a winning and highly personal interpreter of songs that are rarely done, and sung with a poise and poignancy that makes them fresh and emotionally vital.” GARY GIDDINS

“Nancy has great musicianship, sound, and time and sings with emotion. She is one of those world-class spectacular singers.” DAVE FRISHBERG

“There is no superlative that overstates the way I feel about Nancy Marano's talent.” BENNY CARTER

“It's one thing to have a great voice . . . it's another to know how to sing and tell a story. Nancy knows.” . . . MARILYN AND ALAN BERGMAN

“Nancy is a songwriter's dream.” JOHNNY MANDEL

“You're Nearer” is a beautiful example of Nancy's superlative work

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New York Area, NY

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Intermediate to advanced students


FACULTY: William Paterson University,(14 years) Manhattan School of Music,(20 years) Jazzmobile Workshops in Harlem,NYC (3 years-intermediate voice) NANCY MARANO PRIVATE JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOPS: (14 YEARS) (1) Sessions in Song & Swing (2) Jazz Vocal Performance - FALL SESSION, September- December: SPRING SESSION, March thru June. NANCY'S PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/EAR-TRAINING LESSONS: Accepting New Students. All Classes with Nancy focus on The art of Critical Listening, Intonation and Phrasing, Musicianship, Rhythmic Interpretation, Jazz Conception, Rehearsing the Band, Performance Anxiety. Nancy teaches internationally, clinics,workshops, concerts, etc. currently has been writing arrangements for Jazz Choir, which she now brings to her Master Classes, adding a new dimension to her presentations. She also writes arrangements for other vocalists.

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