for awarding me a Yonkers Arts Initiative grant for the 2019-2020 season. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present a third version of my jazz vocal workshop, “Singin’ & Swingin;”. This time we’ll be adding “Swayin” to the singin’ and swingin’, as jazz meets samba in an exploration of Latin rhythms and the influence of Latin music in jazz. Stay tuned for dates!

I’m also looking forward to two summer events. On August 11th I’ll be with the Victor LaGamma Quartet in the beautiful Persian gardens of the Untermyer Garden Conservancy, overlooking the Hudson River in Yonkers, NY. Ticket sales benefit the continuing restoration of this exquisite and historic place, a little piece of paradise.

And the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet will be back at Jazz at Kitano NYC on August 15th, for another evening celebrating the compositions of classic and contemporary jazz women. With the ever-fabulous Linda Presgrave on piano, Iris Ornig on bass, and Lucianna Padmore on drums.



Hey, Mom! I made the centerfold!  Of Hot House Jazz Magazine, that is! Here's what the June 2018 Spotlight had to say: 

"Even in the diverse world of jazz vocalists, MJ Territo pops out as unique, difficult to categorize, and quite superb. Sporting a rich, slightly lower-pitched vocal range, MJ offers a phrasing that places her comfortably in the jazz, cabaret and Broadway worlds, and her singing recalls an uncommon set of vocalists from Frank Sinatra to Carol Sloane to even Mabel Mercer. Similarly, in her projects she consistently makes intelligent and unusual decisions in repertoire and approach, perhaps best encapsulated on her most recent album, Ladies Day (Jollie Mollie Music), by her gorgeous duet with harpist Brandee Younger on the Dave Grusin composition “True.” For fans of the entire map of the Great American Songbook and its many unusual side routes, MJ’s performance with the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet is not to be missed." --Seton Hawkins

More kudos for “Ladies Day”:
MJ Territo is a veteran singer who is very much a storyteller. With a calm delivery and ear for poetry, she sticks to the lyrics of songs while giving them a gentle swing. —Scott Yanow, Downbeat

"What ["Ladies Day"] proves to be is one of the most attractive standards sets imagined, because these standards… are not so standard. Territo… expertly guides this welcome romp through the less known….This is a collection of finely composed songs expertly delivered in a thoughtful and compelling production. Well done!   --C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz"

Top Ten Things  to Know About MJ Territo

·      Fell in love with jazz as a kid listening to her parents’ Swing Era favorites

·       Subscribes to Duke Ellington’s point of view: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind…”

·      Grateful to sing the Great American Songbook; jazz standards; the blues and beyond (see above)

·      Nerds R Her – loves to discover overlooked tunes. Stick her in a corner of a music library and her heart beats so that she can hardly speak.  (Also enjoys dancing cheek to cheek…)

·      Not ashamed to respond to any comment or answer any question with a song lyric (see above)

.      Especially proud of bringing to light overlooked contributions of jazz women to the jazz canon (see "Nerds R Her") 

·      A few branches from the musical family tree (far from comprehensive): Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Rosie Clooney, Nina Simone, Jon  Hendricks; John Coltrane, Lester Young, Mary Lou Williams; Chopin, Puccini. Recent acquisitions: Bombay Jayashri, Aruna Sairam; Zakir Hussein  

·      Finds great joy in sharing her love of jazz with students 9 months to 90 years. (Not surprising for someone raised in a family of teachers: Mom taught piano in the living room; Aunt Lu taught first grade for 50+ years; Aunt Dee was in special ed)

·      Other lives: non-fiction writer; romance novelist; actress; happily married mom 

·      When not singing: yoga, swimming, beaching, reading, traveling, hiking, cooking