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Pictorial Musical Biography by: George V Johnson Jr
Executive Director & Founder
Washington DC Jazz Network
To be featured as Artist of the Week
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202) 337-4141
Fax: (202) 337-7946
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Two Shows: 8 & 10:00 pm
Howard Alden & Jeanne Gies
"He may be the best of his generation," writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is "...one of the very finest young guitarists working today." It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.
Join guitar great HOWARD ALDEN
with innovative singer-songwriter JEANNE GIES for a sizzling night of jazz standards,original music, and a taste of Brazil. Following a sold-out concert at NYC's Metropolitan Room with the brilliant Brazilian sisters Choro das 3 , this Tuesday marks a triumphant return to BLUES ALLEY . . .
7-string guitar master HOWARD ALDEN is consistently recognized as an artist of astonishing virtuosity and originality. He is known for the sound-track of the Woody Allen movie 'Sweet and Lowdown', and has numerous recordings with jazz legends such as Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps. Alden teamed with Jeanne Gies to produce her album 'Don't Think Twice', which is noted for the unprecedented gathering of eight jazz guitar greats. Adding 'composer' to his long list of accomplishments, Alden has joined forces with Gies to write and perform songs lauded worldwide for their distinctive jazz-pop style and enchanting lyricism. Gies and Alden have recently performed their work to great acclaim in England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.
Dubbed 'a pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, JEANNE GIES is recognized by critics and musicians of the highest caliber for her full-bodied, emotionally expressive voice and distinctive phrasing. She has performed and recorded with a stunning array of jazz greats, including Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Gerald Cannon, Joe Cohn, John Hicks, Sherman Irby, Willie Jones III, Romero Lubambo, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Eric Reed. UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .'
‘Every word rings as clear as an ultimatum from a nuclear power . . . and she has an unerring sense of when to follow the printed note and when to bend the melody.’ (Journal Sentinel)
2011 began with a bang, as Jeanne made her debut with George Wein’s Newport All-Stars on the Jazz Cruise. Jeanne's spring tour of England, Scotland, and Germany led to a 2012 nomination for the Scottish jazz awards. A Brazilian adventure with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, and Howard Alden was another great success and life-changing experience, and Jeanne returns to Brazil this December with Howard Alden. The incredible popularity of guitar/vocal workshops and concerts conducted by Gies and Alden will bring a highly anticipated return to England, Scotland, Germany, and a debut in Italy in 2013. In between tours, Jeanne performs weekly at Joe G's Restaurant, an intimate local treasure with exquisite Sicilian cuisine located in the heart of Manhattan.
Howard Alden & Jeanne Gies
‘At peak moments . . . Gies uses her full-bodied voice as an emotionally expressive instrument.’
Perhaps nothing attests to having ‘made it’ like establishing a steady gig in the Big Apple. Jeanne accomplished this early on, and can currently be seen weekly at Joe G’s
(a charming underground bar in the heart of the city.)
Intimate venues like these lend themselves to the subtleties of jazz guitar,
and Jeanne has sung with the best in the world.
The pure joy evolving from the creative expression of these guitar ‘conversations’ is the inspiration for Jeanne’s new CD release:DON’T THINK TWICE.Featuring the unprecedented gathering of eight of the greatest jazz guitarists of our generation, this creative pairing is pure bliss.
7-string virtuoso Howard Alden joins friends
and the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli for this adventurous and groundbreaking collaboration.
‘This first-rate album (is) by a singer who took the risk of surrounding herself with nothing but the best--and made it pay off. We’ll eagerly await the next chapter.’
So said the distinguished author Dan Morgenstern (Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University) regarding Don’t Think Twice. It was just such critical acclaim of Jeanne’s first recordings (It Was You; I’ve Got Just About Everything) and PBS special (A Touch Of Jazz) that ignited her move from the comfort zone of her Wisconsin home town to the thriving, competitive jazz arena of New York City. Manhattan jazz audiences witnessed Jeanne’s sheer talent result in a steady gain of recognition and fame, while earning the right to sing with musicians of the highest rank.
It was at the famous Nola Recording Studio Jeanne recorded the much-lauded Mad About The Boy, which brought ample proof she can swing with the masters.
Fueled by the hard-driving groove of jazz greats Gerald Cannon,
Willie Jones III,
and the late John Hicks, Jeanne alternates smooth seduction with playful romps, firmly establishing she can ‘hang with the cats.’
Arizona University Recording Studio agreed, and selected tracks for inclusion in several compilation discs released to wild acclaim in Europe and So. Korea (In Love With Jazz-The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Collection;
(The Best Smooth Jazz . . . Ever! Volume 4.)
Mad About The Boy was also featured on
Jeanne’s steadily increasing popularity has landed her regular gigs in well-known venues including The Carnegie Club, Shelly’s New York, Iridium, The Bar Next Door, Sweet Rhythm, Jilly’s, Monte’s and many more. Last year marked Jeanne’s debut at the legendary Smoke Jazz club, as guest singer for WBGO radio host Sheila Anderson’s book signing (The Quotable Musician.)
Master Class for International Singers and Speakers
Jeanne conducts vocal workshops around the world, and specializes in accent elimination for singers.
Jeanne Gies is a licensed Speech Pathologist, and has extensive experience assisting clients from all over the world in accent elimination. Actors, broadcasters, and professional speakers have all benefited from her services. During her recent forays on the European jazz scene, Jeanne met many aspiring vocalists for whom English is a second language. This inspired her new on-line workshops designed specifically for singers who struggle to eliminate accent during performance. Word of these unique methods spread like wildfire, and Jeanne’s client base has expanded to include Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the UK, and Australia. Jeanne’s practical, one-on-one techniques are personalized to meet the needs of each individual singer.
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