Vocal Comedienne Extraordinaire
What' So Funny About Jazz??!!!!
April 18th @ 9:15PM & April 22 @ 5:00PM
At Triad Theatre
158 w. 72nd street
10$ music charge 2 drink min. & Yummy Snacks on the House
158 w. 72nd street
Melody Breyer-Grell may not have a right to sing the blues, but she certainly knows how to whine about them!
In a business where an emerging vocalist feels fortunate if she has just broken even, What's so Funny About Jazz??!!!" relentlessly parodies all aspects of the business" in this hilarious, ego deflating satire. (At NYC's Triad Theatre 18th @ 9:15PM, and April 22 @ 5:00PM.)
Ms. Breyer-Grell knows of what she whines. Impulsively choosing to pursue a career as a vocalist upon her first exposure to Ella Fitzgerald's Song Book, she has spent the last few years attempting to scratch out a place in the highly competitive world of jazz standards vocalists.
I was definitely on too much caffeine when I decided to throw my hat into the ring of this field."
Breyer-Grell's CD The Right Time was recorded at Avatar Studios with the late great David Baker (Shirley Horn's primary engineer) at the helm.
We just hit it off right from the beginning. He allowed me to be quite dictatorial about my arrangements, but also kept me in line when I became delusional. At some point he just said---this project is DONE!!!, when I thought it might benefit from some more mixing." He knew that we did as much as we could at the time.....I was opening up new credit cards and selling bonds behind my husband's back to pay for this project. In fact I insisted on recording one verse so many times it became the 600 dollar verse...of course we ended up using the first take!"
The CD not only garnered some fine reviews, but also won the highly coveted Best of 2004 In NYC Jazz Bible All About Jazz".
So what has prompted her to take the satirical road?
I was in the world of vlassical music when I was young...the most competitive conservatories and such. I naively figured the jazz world would be loose, swinging and very and free."
Little did she know what she was getting into.......
Come see What's so Funny about Jazz??!!!" and find out. HEAR--- for the first time in public, the instant classics...... CD's for Sale" Still Can't Sing the Midnight Sun" The Night is Cold, and My Bus is so Late" Just to name a few......... In the past two years Melody has taken her act out on the road singing in Key West, California, New Jersey and her home turf, New York City. The venues include Trumpets Jazz Club, Sweet Rhythm (formerly Sweet Basil), Triad, Push Room, Danny's Skylight Room, and the Grand Havana Club. Melody was most recently heard During IAJE at Birdland in a JAZZCORNER sponsored event. Melody Produced events and sang regularly at the late Chez Suzette, the Original spot of Singer Showcases" The aptly named Melody Breyer-Grell displays her unique song styling's and warm humor....HILARIOUS .....Elzy Kolb - Hothouse From her soul to her voice to the song, this highly imaginative vocalist brings a fresh & innovative experience to each song...her voice lingers with you like a haunting refrain because of her sweet, swinging, sophistication...Melody Breyer-Grell's use of several harmonic complexities & her unique approach is both modern & nostalgic." -Paula Edelstein---All Music Guide Sophisticated, progressive ballad presentations....very groovy arranging & production!" -Dick Crockett" STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW" 88.7 FM, Sacramento, CA Breyer-Grell possesses a voice that is perfectly suited to deliver the traditional jazz ballad....... she is able to use pitch, tone and phrasing in a controlled way to induce deep moods.... rich vocals ..... Enchanting... Out of This World." -Elliott Simon -All about Jazz
Breyer-Grell understands how to shape a song, she is assured and sings at her own pace, as if floating.........a straightforward approach that values melody and words for affecting outreach to the listener.... while singing with determination and delicacy . With The Right Time, Melody Breyer-Grell convincingly shows her fondness for song, a fondness that comes across in her voice -. Bill Donaldson - - Jazz improv
A happy meeting of Cabaret & Jazz...full of pleasures...Melody communicates words with clarity & warmth, while letting the composer's intentions shine through! - James Gavin, critic & author.
An astounding transfer of vocal sound to the world of Jazz- Cabaret...lovely & sexy too!" -Mark Murphy When surfing the World Wide Web check out www.melodybreyer-grell.com