Cindy Scott, vocals
Brian Seeger, guitar
Janelle Reichman, clarinet and saxophones
CINDY SCOTT, vocals
Cindy Scott is recognized in the vocal community as a singer’s singer. Her technical mastery and deep commitment to the lyric and musical expression has earned her loyal fans around the world. Originally hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Cindy Scott has lived a life steeped in all forms of American roots music, jazz, gospel, and southern soul. She came up in an extended family full of talented musicians and passionate educators, and was singing parts at the family jams at the age of 2. Cindy also plays flute, bamboo flute, guitar and hand percussion, and is a composer and lyricist.
Scott has released three CDs under her own name, and has a fourth one coming out later this year. Her most recent release, Historia, featured a slew of Grammy nominated artists, including Karrin Allyson, Jamison Ross and Randy Porter, and inspired Jazz Times to name her one of the top 10 jazz vocalists of the year. Her previous release, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, won an OffBeat award for best Jazz release in Louisiana. Concurrent with her travels around the world performing, Cindy is an Associate Professor of Voice at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston.
BRIAN SEEGER, guitar
Guitarist Brian Seeger is an integral part of New Orleans still vibrant jazz community. His fluid and rich tone, and searching melodic improvisations, have led to his recognition as "One of New Orleans' best jazz guitarists," by the local music media. His recording and performance credits include Aaron Neville, Charlie Hunter, Karrin Allyson, Big John Patton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Wood, Jason Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, John Ellis, Brian Blade, Rebecca Paris, and many others.
Although his musical excursions have been influenced by his studies with contemporary jazz figures such as Gary Burton and Ellis Marsalis, Seeger's playing is well grounded in the blues and American roots music, as well as the sounds of New Orleans' streets. Seeger deftly melds these elements into an approach that is extremely heartfelt and individual; his aesthetic is fundamentally that of a jazz musician, but there is still ample space for ideas from other idioms.
Along with his accomplishments as a performer, Seeger is a well known jazz educator and composer. He holds a full time faculty position in the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies program, and was the director of the National Guitar Workshop's Jam Summit. Seeger is also an award winning composer and producer. Many of his compositions have become part of the standard repertoire of the New Orleans soul-jazz community, and have appeared on numerous nationally and internationally released CDs. He has produced over 30 discs for other artists. His group’s 2017 release, Organic Trio Saturn’s Spell, spent two months in the top 10 of the US Jazz Radio charts, peaking at #2.
JANELLE REICHMAN, clarinet and saxophones
Clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman has performed all over the world with renowned ensembles such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Janelle attended the Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship, quickly after which she embarked upon an exciting and diverse career in New York City, where she remained for a decade. Her musical work in NYC ran the gamut from the New Orleans sounds of The Gotham Easy to the soulful grooves of the R&B band ON THE SUN to the Broadway jazz musical After Midnight - and everything in between. Janelle's debut solo album, Middleground, has received rave reviews. In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman, and in early 2018 she was welcomed back to Lincoln Center to perform as a guest clarinet soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for the show Benny Goodman: The King of Swing. Now happily back in her hometown since 2016, Janelle can be heard around town performing with groups such as Jim Dapogny’s Easy Street Jazz Band, the high-energy klezmer band Klezmephonic, and her own jazz quintet. When she’s not playing her clarinet or saxophone, Janelle is most likely designing and building websites for other musicians in the Midwest and NYC.
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Cindy Scott, vocals