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Julia Dollison

Eight years ago, the Washington Post called Julia Dollison “a deeply musical virtuoso with an airy, luminous voice.” Four years ago, critics praised Dollison's self-released debut CD “Observatory” as “rare, fresh and substantive” (JazzTimes Magazine), “richly imaginative” (Wall Street Journal) and “subtle, spontaneous and breathtaking” (Sacramento Bee).

Today, Dollison has released her newest recording project “Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider” through ArtistShare®, the Grammy Award- winning fan-based internet environment that promotes the artist's creative process. Here, she and her husband Kerry Marsh, vocalist and award-winning arranger, pay tribute to their mentor and ArtistShare's multi-Grammy Award- winning flagship artist Maria Schneider, recreating compositions written for her own jazz orchestra by multi-tracking the horn parts to create a two- voice orchestra. Dollison and Marsh will be touring this spring to promote their new CD, performing in duet with their own pre-recorded vocal tracks from the album minus the two parts they'll be singing live. The duo will also reprise songs from Dollison's “Observatory” CD and preview some of their newer arrangements and compositions.

Meanwhile, Dollison's uniquely personal brand of jazz is delighting club- goers, concert and festival audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. She's performed with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at New York's Jazz Standard, appeared by invitation at many IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) and CMEA (California Music Educators Association) conferences. Dollison premiered a concerto written for her by Grammy- nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, then headlined with him at the Brubeck Festival. As a performing vocalist and educator, Julia also regularly appears in California and throughout the world as a featured guest artist, clinician and adjudicator.

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“Julia Dollison’s pitch, range and ability to blend is simply astounding. Her work on 'Hang Gliding' is absolutely stellar and should garner her a new legion of fans. Kerry Marsh’s vocals are fresh and imaginative. The duo does Schneider’s work complete poetic justice.” SOUNDSOFTIMELESSJAZZ.COM, CD Review Paula Edelstein (March 31, 2010)

“As a fan of both wordless vocalese and Brazilian-flavored jazz, how could I not be swept up in Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh's lush trills on “Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider?'” PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, “Samba Swing” Jonathan Takiff (March 30, 2010)

“More than just a technical tour de force, this CD is a miracle of kaleidoscopically varied vocal color that provides an arresting new perspective on Schneider's musical genius.” ARTSJOURNAL.COM “About Last Night” - TOP FIVE Terry Teachout (March 28, 2010)

“Dollison and Marsh have accomplished the remarkable task of creating vocal renderings of Maria Schneider’s mesmerizing instrumental music.” THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC “Picks of the Week” Don Heckman (March 16, 2010)

“A two-voice orchestra, an ambitious project, a novel new CD.” CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO “Morning Edition” Feature Arts Story Paul Conley (March 15, 2010)

“Should you wonder whether Maria Schneider's compositions are singable, the answer is a resounding yes

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Applied Jazz Voice Instructor, Sacramento State

Clinic/Workshop Information

Traveling Clinician, Monterey Next Generation Educational Program Assistant Director, Monterey County Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble Jazz Faculty Member, MJF Summer Jazz Camp Jazz Festival Guest Artist, Clinician and/or Adjudicator: (2003 to Present): Bear Valley Music Festival; Brubeck Festival; California Music in the Parks Festival; Capital Choral Festival; City Stages Jazz Festival; Columbia Jazz Festival ; Delta College Jazz Festival; Disney American All-Star Jazz Festival; Edmonton Choral Festival; Festival Miami (University of Miami); Festival of New American Music; Folsom Jazz Festival; Fresno Jazz Festival; Golden Empire Music Festival; Hollywood, Florida Jazz Festival; International Association of Jazz Education; Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions; KU (University of Kansas) Jazz Festival; Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; McGill University Jazz Forum (Montreal); Monk Institute; Monterey Jazz Camp; Monterey Jazz Festival; Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival; Monterey Traveling Jazz Clinician Education Program; Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland); NARAS Florida Regional Grammy in the Schools; Noto Jazz Festival (Japan); Redwood Empire Music Festival; Reno Jazz Festival; Sacramento State University Jazz Festival; Santa Cruz Jazz Festival; Tomisato Jazz Festival (Japan); Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy); UNC (University of Northern Colorado) Jazz Festival; University of the Pacific Jazz Camp; University of Miami Jazz Forum; Utah Jazz Festival; Vallejo Jazz Festival; Vienne Jazz Festival (France).



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