's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned almost a dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. Janis continues to tour with The Manhattan Transfer, her own band, and teach master classes while she gears up for NightSongs, her newest solo release on Palmetto Records in September of 2013. This latest project, her first self-produced venture, is a collection of late night love songs and features some of NY's most inventive musicians including pianist/arranger John di Martino
. The record continues to explore various fusions of Latin rhythm coupled with contemporary songs and a jazz/pop vocal sensibility. There are also three original songs. "Love Saves" (Salvapantallas) with music by Jorge Drexler
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I heard Janis Joplin.
Your sound and approach to music: My approach is to try and present the whole package with emotion, phrasing, enunciation, swing, stylistic mastery, sex, communication, and great pitch. I embrace my eclecticism and also my respect for the past.
Your teaching approach: Be yourself, be unique, listen, listen, listen, and work hard.
Your dream band: Would love to work with Herbie Hancock
. This was the beginning of our partnership as a duo and we were still discovering each other. That, as well as the intimacy of the piano/voice setting and the material that we made our own, is what makes this my favorite recording.
Did you know... I have a morbid fascination with skin diseases.
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