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June Bisantz

June Bisantz is an award-winning vocalist, lyricist and visual artist who enjoys writing about art and music, with a special interest in singers.

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Vocalist, lyricist and visual artist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of original vocal jazz, all of which have received national recognition.

She has toured internationally, and performed and recorded with distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Paul Brown, Lew Soloff, Mike Stern, Jon Burr, Steve Davis & Will Lee. Reviews and articles about her work have appeared in publications including People Magazine, USA Today, Downbeat, JazzQuad.Ru, Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Podium Magazine, Jazz USA, the New York Times, New York Newsday & the Boston Globe. Her work has been released on the Pausa and Nova labels, Los Angeles, Alpha Records, Japan, Track Records, NYC and Arabesque Records, NY.

​Following a two-volume tribute to the vocal work of the legendary Chet Baker (Let's Fall in Love and It's Always You), Bisantz signaled her return to original music with Love’s Tango, a collection of Latin jazz about love in its many forms, co-written with pianist & composer Alex Nakhimovsky, Love'sTango received extensive airplay as well as a Global Music Award for Outstanding Excellence in Lyrics and Songwriting in 2019. In 2022, her holiday release, 7 Shades of Snow was again awarded a Global Music Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Jazz Vocal category.

Ms. Bisantz is Professor Emeritus of Art & Design at Eastern Connecticut State University and has exhibited her visual art work in galleries, museums and public spaces throughout the United States. She designs and produces publicity and album artwork for her own projects and those of many other musicians. Bisantz has also written for several publications including Industrial Fabrics Review and the Connecticut Art Guide.

To see Ms. Bisantz’ visual art, visit: junebisantz.com/visualart For writing samples: junebisantz.com/writing

Awards 2019 Global Music Award - Outstanding Excellence Songwriting and Lyrics

2021 Global Music Award - Oustanding Excellence Jazz Vocal

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because among other things, it's smart and timeless. I was first exposed to jazz...at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT when I was a child learning to play the violin. I heard the older students playing jazz and was deeply and permanently impressed by their skill and the coolness of the music. I've met lots of great musicians - but Steve Swallow stands out in my memory because when we met, I was such a novice and he was such a jazz giant - and yet he was so very kind to me. The best show I ever attended was...That's an unanswerable question! Way too many great shows. Generally I think of the last show I attended as the best one ever. I'm constantly impressed by the way jazz musicians can transport the listener to faraway places and elevated states of mind. The first jazz record I bought was...a 78rpm, red translucent, Gerry Mulligan record. I bought it because it was so cool looking. When I listened to it, I knew I had found something special and different. Another early purchase was Ella Fitzgerald singing Gershwin tunes - for the obvious reason - she's every singer's heroine! My advice to new listeners...just enjoy! Join in the music. Let it take you somewhere. Don't worry about "understanding" it. It's not necessary!

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