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Prisoner Of Love

Marianne Solivan

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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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Discography

Julius Caesar Trio - 2008

Julius Caesar Trio - 2008

BARDAMÙ - Digital

BARDAMÙ - Digital

Darryl Harper - 2009

Darryl Harper - 2009

Darryl Harper - 2014

Darryl Harper - 2014

BARDAMÙ - Vinyl

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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Summer Class: Beginning Theory
  • Summer Class: Beginning Theory

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This is a 5 week Summer course meeting weekly for 2 hours via ZOOM.  You will be learning how to identify notes on the grand staff, how to build scales (both major & minor), identify and build key signatures, understand time signatures, learn rhythms and start on simple dictation (both melodic & rhythmic). Materials will be provided to download. Students should have access to a computer or tablet connected to the internet. Every student will need staff paper and pencils. Class size: up to 10 & no less than 6 Classes will not be prorated.  All 5 weeks are $100 There will be no refunds once the class has begun on June 1st.  

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Summer Class: Intermediate Theory
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This is a 5 week Summer course meeting weekly for 2 hours via ZOOM. This class is for people with beginning knowledge of theory and harmony. You will be learning about transposition, identifying chords, harmonic progressions, analyzing harmony, dictation (both melodic & rhythmic), reading rhythms & working on sight reading. All participants will be asked to do an assessment sheet before entering this class.

Materials will be provided to download. Students should have access to a computer or tablet connected to the internet. Every student will need staff paper and pencils. Class size: up to 10 & no less than 5 Classes will not be prorated. All 5 weeks are $100 There will be no refunds once the class has begun on June 1st.

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Quarantine Blog

Day 61 

It's my 61st day of quarantine/lock down/isolation/stay-cation.  

For the most part I'm doing quite well.  I'm much more positive then I thought I'd be.  I'm far from the edge though that feeling comes in and out.  Feelings.  Lots and lots of feelings.  I'm having feelings and I'm spending a great deal of time thinking about feelings.  Whose having them and why.  Will I have them in the same way.  Why do some people seem to have none.  Why are some folks mad when you voice yours or express having the same feelings as them.  Anyhow, lots of feelings being had and thought of.   

61 days at home alone.  Alone.  But only at times lonely.   

I've been thinking about how strange it is that I've not been touched in 61 days.  No hugs, no kisses, strong handshakes, pats on the shoulder, no touch.  It's starting to make me feel tired.  I can only equate this lack of touch with loss.  I've lost something that made me feel so good.  It made me feel loved and connected, like I was part of something bigger than myself.  I miss it.  My body is yearning for it.  I've dozed off a few times and dreamt of who I would hug first.  How will that feel?  Will it only take one hug to get me back or will I have to hug everyone I see for weeks before I feel like I'm full again.  I pity the first man I kiss.  He will be on the receiving end of a flash of lightning and a thunderbolt all in one kiss.  I will be full of some much electricity that I'll be all lit up!  At least I hope.  I hope I'll want to hug and kiss someone after this is all said and done.  I hope I'll want to sit really close to a friend and casually touch them as they speak without thinking about fear and death.  I hope I don't lose the want to be out with others in close quarters listening to music or telling tales and drinking wine till it's 4am.  I hope there will be more days like that to be had.   

I also wish that when those days come we are changed for the better.  I hope artists are treated like the spiritual medical personnel that we are.  I hope venues become revered places of respect and creativity where everyone wants to come in and see, hear and feel what it is to be alive and expressive.  I hope that money doesn't stop young people from dreaming big and having the courage to reach for their dreams.  I hope food is more available to everyone, and good food, free of pesticides and poisonous garbage.  I hope we can all safely see a doctor and not be in fear of losing our homes, cars, lively hoods.  I hope that I can dream again of living my life to the fullest.  I hope that everyone will feel the same.  

I want love to come in like a flood.  I want us to feel drenched in loving.  I will spend more time now fantasizing about how I would love to see the world and the US in post pandemic times.  I don't want to forget any of this time alone.  I don't want to rush it and run from it or pretend it all away.  I want to soak it in.  All the painful nights, all the lonely afternoons, all the silence, all the agitation and discomfort, I need to remember it all.  This is what will change me.  This is what will allow me to proper in the new times.  This is my chrysalis.   

Sending you all so much love.  

You're in my thoughts. I hope you are staying safe and healthy and loving yourself and those around you.  

XO 

M

Day 44 

It's been 44 days since I began my quarantine on March 14th after having abruptly ended a tour in Europe and come home to NYC.  For some reason I hadn't thought it had been that long.  I know it's been over a month and coming on two but somehow the number 44 seems way bigger than I thought.  Many of you may be much further along in your quarantine than I and I truly hope you are finding ways to not only keep sane but find joy.  It's difficult at times.   

I live in a very small studio apartment in Brooklyn, NY.  I'm lucky that I have a seperate eat in kitchen which makes the whole space seem much roomier.  I'm so glad to have this space and to have a place that I love and feel so comfortable in.  The three big windows in my main room shine light in all day, and that keeps me very aware of what's happening in the neighborhood and connected to the feel of the city.  I've never minded the noise that came with living here, on a main four lane street but now it seems to have dropped considerably down and I have long periods at night when I hear nothing but the wind.  That's a surreal sound in the middle of Brooklyn, New York.   

I've been able to stay busy with my teaching as I'm still working with my students at Syracuse University and a few other students in town.  It keeps me busy but also at times drives me nuts.  Not for any reason in particular.....maybe just the "having" to be someplace in the middle of this mess.  It's feels feudal at times.   

I've taken to singing in the evenings and accompanying myself on piano.  I'm not that good but I'm not that bad either and since I didn't marry a pianist, guitarist or bassist, I'm on my own.  It's been helping me get through this and so far I've gotten feedback from others who are enjoying it too.  So I've decided to post those moments here on this blog.  My first blog.   

So, I will post these songs and maybe tell you a bit about them or why I chose them and you can enjoy them, respond with comments or questions if you wish and share if you feel so inclined. 
 


Solitude
By Duke Ellington, Eddie DeLange & Irving Mills

Piano - Joshua Richman www.joshuarichman.com
Voice - Marianne Solivan 

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