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RE-ENTRY

Marianne Solivan

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Re-Entry, Solivan’s 5th album as a leader, immediately brings you into her world. With a voice that is powerful, warm, strong & supple, with the perfect touch of seduction, and the ability to weave a story so well you get lost in it.
Marianne’s gift is delivering the lyric to you like a delicious morsel. Whether it be the intensity of Wheelers

Re-Entry, Solivan’s 5th album as a leader, immediately brings you into her world. With a voice that is powerful, warm, strong & supple, with the perfect touch of seduction, and the ability to weave a story so well you get lost in it.
Marianne’s gift is delivering the lyric to you like a delicious morsel. Whether it be the intensity of Wheelers & Dealers or the ethereal flow of Time Remembered, she is fully immersed in the words and music and delivers it to the listener as if they were old friends.
In this disc you find a singer who has come into her own. After years of performing and recording with NYC’s top instrumentalists, leading her own big band, and being the voice on numerous original music projects, she has landed on a repertoire that is uniquely her own. Leaning on her Puerto Rican roots in Tal Vez and Debí Llorar and her love of Jazz tradition on If You Could Love Me and I Burn For You (Fire Waltz), (for which she penned the lyric), Solivan is squarely in her own lane here.
Alongside a band that has clearly put in the hours playing together, you hear a sound that is focused with arrangements that allow Solivan to be nimble yet always supported. Together creating a sound that is tight, balanced and full of energy.
With her first two records having received high critical acclaim in both Downbeat & JazzTimes, we are sure Re-Entry will be recognized as a record to watch rise

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Prisoner Of Love

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Live In Europe

Marianne Solivan

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Live In Europe captures my tour in Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia with a fantastic trio led by pianist Walter Fischbacher with Petr Dvorsky on bass & Ulf Stricker on drums.

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SPARK

Marianne Solivan

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Mood For Love

Marianne Solivan

Featuring Massimo Faraò - piano, Nicola Barbon - bass. & Roberto “Bobo” Facchinetti - drums. Recorded at Riverside Studio in Torino, Italy on February 25th and 26th, 2019. Venus Records, Japan. Streaming on all platforms

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Discography

Julius Caesar Trio - 2008

BARDAMÙ - Digital

Darryl Harper - 2009

Darryl Harper - 2014

BARDAMÙ - Vinyl

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She's a singer who's got a brawny but nimble approach, and sensitivity in spades. Whether singing a standard or an original, Solivan stamps every syllable with a deep-digging sincerity. ”

— CAPITALBOP.COM

Biography

A little about me.....

Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard swinging, passionate, vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and whit.  Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini and Lewis Nash, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation. 

Jordan Richardson at Blinded by Sound concludes "The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme.  She is well beyond the go-through-the-motions singers of the genre by an enormous margin."

With years of steady gigging (5 or 6 a week) in Boston during her school days at Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory, Solivan has had a unique opportunity to learn on the bandstand.  These early years allowed her to hone her skills as a strong band leader and amass a huge, broad repertoire that can challenge any song hound.  Her dedication to learning this music led her to study with a varied group of musician/educators that taught the tradition as well as modern approaches to the music.  These tools have shaped a vocalist with deep roots in the vocal tradition yet without any of the "retro" feel.  Solivan's singing is a mixture of honest storytelling with a modern sense of self and determination.  

In 2007 Solivan made the move to New York and began to sit in at many of the jam sessions the city has to offer.  Smoke Supper Club was her first consistent "hang" and a venue that led to many of her later musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, and others.  Being a part of the scene has been a big part of the learning process and has been the catalyst for musical collaborations with Peter Bernstein, Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash.  This visibility and consistency on the bandstand opened doors for gigs at the famed Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, The Blue Note, and many others.  And have led her to become one of the first call singers on the scene. 

In 2012 Solivan brought together her years of experience and musical collaborations to the studio and recorded a series of duos, trios, and quartet pieces that became her first CD, Prisoner of Love, on HiPNOTIC Records.  Solivan recalls "I chose to work with a number of musicians on the project to showcase the musical environments that I have been working in for the last 4 years in New York, mainly small group settings. Together we told stories of love; lost, stolen, broken, desperate, and lonely." 
  
The OTTOWA CITIZEN gets right to the heart of the beauty of the disc "On Prisoner of Love, vocalist Marianne Solivan surrounds herself with some A-list, hard-swinging company [and] sounds every bit in the same league as these seasoned accompanists.  Solivan's expression of classic jazz feeling and values is so room-filling and personal, you really can't fault her disc one bit." 

In 2014 she went into the studio with the her working band, including pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Matthew Parrish and drummer Gregory Hutchinson and recorded SPARK which is an energized, swinging, honest and straight forward in it's storytelling and sure to help her reach a wider jazz audience.   

In 2015 after years of duo, trio and quartet work she has now jumped into the big band arena.  This is exciting news not only because this powerhouse singer has shown to hold her own with heavies the likes of Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt and Christian McBride but also because there is currently no other female vocalist led big band. Solivan's idea was to create a band that incorporated many of the elements  in her quartet including high energy, swing and a unique repertoire.  In addition she wanted to work with some of the jazz communities best arrangers to work on expanding the her repertoire, which includes a number of her own originals as well as standards, with original arrangements of material that was created for this group. So far, the result has been a highly energized & swinging band that will take you from the traditional feel through to salsa and the modern jazz idiom. All anchored by Solivan's strong surefooted voice and confident leadership.

Marianne is currently performing worldwide leading numerous ensembles and presenting her unique talents with an international audience.  In addition to her full performing calendar Solivan teaches in many different situations including private lessons, group coachings and Jazz camps, summer workshops and most recently she became the Assistant Professor of Jazz Voice at Syracuse University in their Jazz & Commercial Music Department.  

2021 promises to bring two new recording projects and much more touring in the US and abroad. 

Teaching

Jazz Vocal Workshop

Workshops, Master Classes & Private Lessons

The Jazz Vocal Workshop offers numerous 10 week  workshops, master classes and private lessons for beginning, intermediate and professional jazz vocalists to learn and perfect the art of Jazz singing, band leadership and repertoire building led by vocalist, educator and bandleader Marianne Solivan held in New York.  

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Reviews

Solivan creates enough sparks on this disc to start a camp fire! She’s got a husky and mature voice, strong and dynamic, and can use it with a hint of come hither seductiveness ”

— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

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