Since the early 1990’s, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been enchanting audiences worldwide with their tightly harmonized renditions of jazz of all genres. Their hallmarks include inventive vocalese...
Since the early 1990’s, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been enchanting audiences worldwide with their tightly harmonized renditions of jazz of all genres. Their hallmarks include inventive vocalese, big band jazz, original songs and arrangements, and American Songbook classics. Accompanied by top jazz instrumentalists, UVJQ has shared the headliner stages at international jazz festivals with Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Rollins, and many other iconic artists. They have performed in Europe, Canada, and multiple U.S. cities, been profiled on NPR, Jazz Smithsonian, Radio Jazz Copenhagen, and many radio programs across the world, performed with symphony orchestras and big bands in the U.S. and Europe, and entertained at festivals, clubs, and international, national, and regional events of all kinds. UVJQ has released several internationally acclaimed recordings. Their latest release (2012) is a collection of original songs embodying the marriage of clever lyrics and diverse musical styles that is the essence of jazz and especially vocalese.
In 2008, Sony/BMG Records included Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet in a compilation CD that featured a dazzling array of artists, past and present, who have defined the vocal genre, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, and the NY Voices.
In November 2012, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet will performed with the world-famous Cote Ouest Big Band at France’s premier jazz festival, “Les Nuits du Jazz.” UVJQ and the Cote Ouest Big Band first performed together in 2004, and reunited to celebrate the Band’s 30th anniversary with this special encore performance in Nantes, France