Described as "nothing short of enchanting" by All About Jazz in 2015, AS IS is the musical union of jazz guitarist, Alan Schulman and jazz vocal stylist, Stacey Lynn Schulman. The couple - both on and off stage - have made a name for themselves for their imaginative re-expressions of 20th century song classics. AS IS takes audiences on an intimate journey through the world and words of songs long-forgotten - but newly created - with both the soulfulness and swing that's accessible, memorable and highly musical.
Alan Schulman is a noted jazz guitarist from Cincinnati, Ohio who studied with the late great guitarist Cal Collins (formerly of the Benny Goodman Orchestra). He holds a Masters degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition from Howard University in Washington DC. A Thelonius Monk Competition Top-10 finalist, he has appeared with such noted jazz artists as Anita Baker, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis & Michael Feinstein. Stacey Schulman is a jazz vocal stylist and a native of the New York City area, performing in a variety of musical and theatrical roles since the age of nine. As an NYC studio singer, Stacey has had the privilege of singing on radio commercials, television series and movie soundtracks throughout her 20+ year musical career.
AS IS released their sophomore album - Here's to Life - this year with Grammy-nominated producer, James McKinney. The album blends the duo’s signature intimacy with the talents of special guest artists including Grammy-nominated drummer, Marcus Baylor (The Baylor Project, The Yellowjackets); acclaimed saxophonist, David Binney; harmonica virtuoso, Gregoire Maret; vocalese talents Christie Dashiell and Kokayi, and members of the DC-based String Queens. The album debuted at #9 on Billboard's Traditional Jazz Chart and is currently climbing the Top 100 JazzWeek chart on radio stations across the U.S.
The couple's first CD, "A Love Like Ours", was released in May 2015 as a vehicle to raise funding for Lyme disease research. The couple’s cover single “Summertime” was featured prominently in a Global Lyme Alliance PSA commercial radio campaign in the United States throughout the summer of 2015, with over 3500 plays. Stacey is a survivor of Lyme Disease and a vocal advocate for funding, research and awareness of the disease. Proceeds from their newest CD, Here's to Life, will also benefit Lyme research and awareness efforts.
“The instrumental harmonic center of the recording remains the soft, round tone of Alan Schulman's guitar…The
vocal part of the equation is the durable soprano of Stacey Schulman, who can summon delicate lace on one
song and a bouncy jam on another.” C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"A superb collection of heartfelt storytelling" with "sublime performances that stretch across the spectrum of
jazz expression." - Dan Ouellette, Liner Notes. Downbeat contributor, editor ZealNYC
"4 STARS! Hot scat-singing, heated guitar playing... an excellent introduction to the music of Stacey and Alan
Schulman." - Scott Yanow, Jazz Artistry Now