Happy New Year! 2019 is starting to get musical around my place, and here's how:
***Young At Heart: Jazz, Blues and Improvisation for the Body, Mind and Soul, a free 8-week jazz singing workshop at the Yonkers Public Library, Will Branch, starts January 15. Open to anyone 50+. On February 26th, we welcome special guest pianist and composer Bertha Hope. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
***Ladies Day Jazz Quartet returns to Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, Thursday, February 21st, sets at 8 & 10 pm. Save the date, please.
***Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon with the Territo-LaGamma Group, Sunday, March 17th, 2pm at the Dobbs Ferry, NY Women's Club. Includes home-make snacks at half-time. Save that one, too.
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
"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