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1. Bright Moments
2. My Funny Valentine
3. Sweet Happy Life
4. Briar Bush
5. Them There Eyes
6. You Must Believe In Spring
7. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
9. Lover Man
11. Weep No More
12. Lullaby of Birdland
14. The Man I Love
Detailed Description / Musicians--Jim Santella
Josephine Livoti - Vocals
James Weidman - Bass
Paul West - Bass
Greg Bandy - Drums
The acoustic piano trio that backs singer Josephine Livoti on this program of 14 jazz standards keeps a fine and mellow texture close at hand, as she sings 'em with personality. Livoti, who has studied comedy and improvisational theatre with New York's Chicago City Limits, delivers each of these selections candidly with an assertive presence. She communicates with her audience naturally, giving the up-tempo romps an uplifting message while taking slower ballads at a more sensual pace. As for phrasing, she's borrowed from the great jazz singers who led the way...
Livoti swings "It Don't Mean a Thing" with a unique arrangement that brings new life to an old standard. Dave Brubeck's "Briar Bush" provides a beautiful ballad respite, while that old chestnut "Summertime" falls into place quite naturally. You can't help falling in love with these treasured songs. "Skylark" sashays comfortably with Greg Bandy's wire brushes, Paul West's strolling bass and James Weidman's block chords setting up a lush landscape. The pianist provides frequent interludes that keep this session basking in a glow of optimism. Livoti seems quite comfortable working with this cohesive trio. Her "Lullaby of Birdland" contains a lovely bass solo, while her "Them There Eyes" features the drummer. "Lover Man" stands out as the session's high point, giving us a bluesy texture that feels so relaxed that you just want to play it again and again.
Jazz Improv Magazine's New York Jazz Guide (May 2007)
| ||Available Items by Josephine Livoti|| ||About Josephine Livoti|| |
Josephine Livoti is a versatile jazz vocalist based in New York City. She began her career in music as an alto member of the New York Choral Society. There she developed a love for the works of Bach, especially hearing his compositions improvised in jazz settings.
Her well-rounded repertoire includes songs from the Great American Song Book and compositions by jazz and Brazilian masters. Josephine's voice is warm and rich in tone and she delivers her lyrics with clarity and soulfulness.
Josephine's vocal influences include Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina. Today, Josephine's creative inspiration for her singing comes from jazz and other instrumentalists whose musical expression blends the old with the new, and who look to the world for their audience.
Josephine has performed with jazz masters, including Howard McGhee, Richard Davis, and Roland Hanna at such notable New York venues as the Blue Note, the Jazz Center of New York, and Saint Peter's Church (the "Jazz Church"). She has also been featured at The Greenwich Village Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
Her music education includes, jazz studies with Harold Danko, Hal Schaefer and Herb Buchanan; and cabaret and popular music studies with Elly Stone. At Mannes College of Music she studied voice with Marian Thompson, and received her diploma in Classical and Contemporary Music Studies, majoring in vocal performance. She has studied drama with Bill Hickey and musical theatre with Rita Gardner at the Herbert Bergoff Studio. Her interest in comedy led her to Chicago City Limits in New York City, where she studied comedy and improvisational theatre.
Her professional memberships include, AFTRA and International Women in Jazz.