Sings The Music Of Billy Strayhorn
JOHN di MARTINO – ARR/PIANO
JOE MAGNARELLI – TRUMPET
DAN BLOCK – SAXES
MARCO PANASCIA – BASS
VINCE CHERICO – DRUMS
SUNDAY, JULY 2nd
DOORS: 5PM/ SHOW: 6PM
($30 COVER + $10 MINIMUM)
315 W. 44TH STREET (AT EIGHTH AVENUE)
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“Show me your friends and tastes, and I’ll tell you who you are! Nancy Valentine attracts great musicians. As for her tastes, her choices are Strayhornesque! Most singers fear such demanding tastes. Nancy, is one of a kind!”
Ray Carman – President – The Duke Ellington Society, (TDES) , New York Chapter
“ A long time ago, I met Nancy Valentine who was just an up-and-coming singer. I encouraged her to check out jazz singing as an artistic option and wow, did she ever follow through! This compilation of Billy Strayhorn compositions is a brilliant choice and she does them so well. And she was very smart to be backed by the “who’s who” of jazz players in New York, i.e., Dick Oatts, Harry Allen, Gary Smulyan, John di Martino, Tamir Hendelman, Joe Magnarelli, Warren Vache, etc., etc. What a great bunch of players!! Congrats, Nancy, and thank you for “following through”!
Bobby Shew – Jazz Trumpeter
“Nancy is a true Strayhorn aficionado. In all my years in the music business. I know of no one more dedicated to trying to get it right!”
Don Sickler – Trumpeter, Arranger, Producer, Publisher
"Nancy Valentine is a consummate professional with a unique approach in her delivery of lyrics. She is also fun to work with and her singing encompasses perfection and warmth!"
Jim Czak – Engineer – Nola Recording Studios, NYC
"This wonderful debut recording featuring Nancy Valentine, one of our best jazz vocalists, together with a stellar group of outstanding jazz musicians, in their own right, John di Martino;Tamir Hendelman; Harry Allen; Warren Vache; Joe Magnarelli; Dick Oatts; Gary Smulyan; Victor Jones; Kenny (Kenneth) Washington; Dominick Farinacci; Boris Kozlov; Jay Leonhart; Marco Panascia and Tony Jefferson, will do much to bring about a greater awareness of Strayhorn's gifts through the many beautiful arrangements by pianist, John di Martino, who, like Valentine, seems to understand the very essence and sheer brilliance of Billy Strayhorn's compositions!"
Jack Kleinsinger – Highlights In Jazz
"Billy Strayhorn deserves having his music performed with respect and empathy – Nancy Valentine delivers exactly that!"
Joe Lang – Jersey Jazz
"At long last Nancy Valentine has committed her talent and fine, port-wine voice to permanence. Lovesome showcases her comprehensive musicality, with A-list musicians and great new arrangements."
Marilyn Lester – Cabaret Scenes
"I've been waiting for an album like this for 20 years. In 1997, David Hajdu's bio of Billy Strayhorn titled "LUSH LIFE" inspired me to produce an 8-hour tribute to the artistry of this musical genius. And now,
two decades later, we have this new album of Strayhorn songs by a young, talented and inventive singer! Thank you Nancy Valentine!!! "
David Kenney – Host – Everything Old Is New Again – WBAI 99.5 FM
“Several years in the making, Nancy, together with the beautiful piano work and arrangements by John di Martino and Tamir Hendelman and outstanding, heart-felt performances of Harry Allen; Warren Vache; Joe Magnarelli; Dick Oatts; Gary Smulyan and Dominick Farinacci all superbly supported by Boris Kozlov; Victor Jones; Jay Leonhart; Kenny (Kenneth) Washington; Marco Panascia and Tony Jefferson, have created a riveting and soulful tribute to one of our most iconic creators of classic American song – Billy Strayhorn."
Russ Kassoff – Host – The Jazz Deli – WFDUHD2
"Thanks to Nancy for her tribute to the genius of Billy Strayhorn. Happy to add the cuts on "Lovesome" to our Pure Jazz Radio playlist."
Rich Keith Creator of Pure Jazz Radio www.purejazzradio.com