She is the modern day paradigm to which all singers should aspire." Jeremy Pelt
She's sensitive, she's powerful, she's funky, she's subtle, she's Marianne Solivan have mercy!" Christian McBride
New York, NY: On March 20, 2012, HiPNOTIC Records, will release the debut recording of vocalist/composer Marianne Solivan' PRISONER OF LOVE, a series of intimate duos, trios, and quartet performances with Marianne's favorite musicians and mentors, produced by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and featuring GRAMMY® Award-winning artist/arranger Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Ben Wolfe, Johnathan Blake, Michael Kanan and Xavier Davis.
Hailed again and again as the real thing" by Small's Jazz Club owner, Spike Wilner and pianist Rick Germanson, Solivan is one of the most buzzed about jazz singers in New York. The 2009 + 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with luminaries Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bernstein, Ray Gallon, Ugonna Ukegwo, Neal Minor and Michael Kanan. Armed with degrees from Berklee College of Music and a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory, Solivan does not remember an ah-ha" moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: I don't recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it."
The music comes from a long tradition of jazz vocal repertoire without diving right into the clichés that we are all very tired of. The music is sincere, passionate, bold and very unique to what I do. I chose to work with a number of musicians on the project to showcase the musical environments that I have been working in for the last 4 years in New York, mainly small group settings. Together we told stories of love; lost, stolen, broken, desperate, and lonely," says Solivan. After many years of performing in New York and throughout the US and Europe, Solivan finally felt ready to put down something with the added pleasure of working with some of her good friends on a series of duos, trios, and quartet pieces.
Solivan recalls the session with a great sense of pride and gratitude. With Xavier Davis, Ben Wolfe and Johnathan Blake in the rhythm section it was easy to get into it on Gigi Gryce's 'Social Call,' and Betty Carter's 'I Can't Help It.' After over two years of working in duo with Michael Kanan we were able to record two gorgeous pieces 'I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry' and Cole Porter's 'After You.' Peter Bernstein and I revisited 'May I Come In' which I learned from the great Blossom Dearie and Christian McBride and Jeremy Pelt joined us on Artie Shaw's 'Moon Ray.' I was overjoyed to be able to sing 'All Or Nothing At All' and Strayhorn's 'Day Dream' in duo with Christian McBride."
Born in Queens, New York, Solivan lived with her family in Venezuela and New Jersey before the family settled in Massachusetts, where she attended high school. Already an alto sax student, it was in secondary school that she began singing seriously, studying classical voice and appearing in musical theater productions. Upon graduating, she entered The Boston Conservatory with a concentration in musical theater. After her first year in college, Solivan took time off from school and drifted away from singing, not returning for three years. The urge to resume studying voice and go back to school coincided with her discovery of the voice that would become her greatest influence: Ella Fitzgerald.
Solivan earned a dual degree in Music Performance and Education at Berklee College of Music, and taught music for a year before entering the New England Conservatory and earning a Master's degree in Jazz Studies. Solivan moved back to the city of her birth in 2007, placing in the 2009 + 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, appearing as the only featured vocalist on clarinetist Darryl Harper's The C3 project recording, Stories in Real Time, and touring France as the lead vocalist in an innovative staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Solivan possesses a voice that can be tender and sweet while still being strong and passionate. She is able to capture the audience through honest storytelling while breathing new life into well worn standards.