Jann Parker has redefined the term 'singer', calling to it all of the exclusivity and distinctive character that belonged to it when applied to Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson. A beautiful voice, range and control are all Jann Parker. But these qualities are only the prerequisite beginnings of any good singer. In the development and perfection of her own personal style, Jann Parker has acquired the distinctive signature of a great vocalist. She is tremendously impressive in her ability to take songs such as God Bless The Child and Stormy Weather and make them her own. It is not an easy thing to do. But Jann Parker sings them, recalling Billie and Lena, for whom those songs are most noted, only in how deliciously different her own arrangements are from theirs. Jann Parker is professional in the best sense. As a performer, she is warm, confident, relaxed and always in control. These are qualities that allow her the freedom to deviate from the rehearsed arrangement of a song mid-chorus, and impulsively follow a line leading to the development of refreshing new variations on the original theme. And the results of these explorations are sometimes humorous as well as musically exciting. The musical rapport that exists between Ms. Parker and pianist Aaron Graves is magical. As her accompanist and music director, he joins forces with Mark Gross on alto sax, Marcus McLaurine on bass and George Gray on drums conjuring up a virtual tempest of sound around her or one as subtle as a breeze, but always creating the perfect musical environment. Hearing Jann Parker sing never fails to uplift the spirit, put a grin on your face and a song in your heart.
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