JANICE BORLA SELECTED FOR ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL ARTSTOUR ROSTER
(Published: June 19, 2007)
Jazz vocalist Janice Borla was recently selected for the Illinois Arts Council’s 2007-09 ArtsTour Artist Roster. The ArtsTour program provides fee support to organizations seeking to present the performances of Illinois performing artists, companies and ensembles as well as visual and media arts touring exhibits.
Borla’s recordings and performances have earned her consistently high praise for her beautiful sound, superb technique, adventurous repertoire and imaginative vocal improvisations. She continues to expand the parameters of jazz vocal expression on her 2006 release From Every Angle, which received a coveted 4-Star review from DownBeat and was hailed by JazzWeek as “Another fine effort from a singer who seems to do everything right.” Her performance at the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) conference in New York in January 2007 earned her a standing ovation. Borla’s previous CD Agents of Change was named “#1 Jazz CD of 2003” by WBEZ-FM Chicago Public Radio.
Often cited for her adventurous, risk-taking approach, Borla uses her voice as a jazz instrument and keeps vocal improvisation front-and-center in her performances. To quote noted jazz journalist and broadcaster Neil Tesser: “She shatters the stereotype of the jazz vocalist as a poseur or wannabe, infatuated with the idea of improvisation but lacking the mettle to carry it off: she’s a musician who happens to play voice.”
Pivotal to Borla’s approach is a rapport with the long-standing members of her band: trumpeter Art Davis, a perfect complement to her vocal sound and style; guitarist John McLean, whose inventive arrangements and imaginative accompaniments are ideal vehicles for her artistic vision; and pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse, all highly conversational players. DownBeat’s review observed “She often presents herself as a member of the band…One might be fooled into thinking of From Every Angle as a group rather than as a solo project.”
A recognized pioneer in vocal jazz education, she founded the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and is Director of Vocal Jazz at North Central College (Naperville, IL). She has written articles for the Jazz Education Journal and DownBeat, and is now available to do clinics online through the ALIVE Project (Accessible Live Internet Video Education).
More Information: http://janiceborla.com
Submitted By: Janice Borla