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Mary Pearson

Mary Pearson — musically speaking — sprang fully grown onto the jazz scene in 2000, or so it would seem to the world outside of a 30 New York mile radius. She’s been described as singing “under the radar” but since the release of You And I on the Arkadia Jazz label that description no longer holds true.

Ms. Pearson is the first vocalist signed to the four-time Grammy nominated Arkadia Jazz label. “Mary’s distinctive sound sold me,” says label founder Bob Karcy. “There is character in what she sings and character in how she sings it.” That assessment proves to be a continuingly widespread one. Having won several “Best of 2000” honors, You and I still inspires critical acclaim. For You Alone — Mary’s highly anticipated duo CD with bass wizard Harvie S — will be her next release followed closely by a band project which features incomparable tenor man Houston Person.

As a working New York City musician, Mary Pearson is at home in any setting, from fronting a big band to performing as a self-contained vocalist and pianist. Her unique brand of jazz surges with joy whether she’s performing in a cozy concert space, an outdoor festival, or a club, and her televised BET Jazz concert continues to delight with each rebroadcast. Wherever she performs, Pearson engages audiences with her fresh interpretations and insights, making familiar standards sound brand new and making her exquisitely intimate, self-penned compositions feel familiar.

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”What a gorgeous voice ... luxuriant style, beauty of expression, heartfelt passion and elegance. Her name should become a household word!” Nancy Ann Lee/JazzTimes critic

“Superb storytelling.” Don Heckman / L A Times

“Pearson's rich, cultured voice shines.” Fred Bouchard / Down Beat Magazine

“Top Ten Jazz Album of 2000.” George Kanzler / Newark Star Ledger

“ ... a lush, supple voice ... impressive ...” Joel E. Siegel / JazzTimes Magazine

“She's someone you should really watch.” Dr. Billy Taylor

“A sound and style all her own.” Ira Gitler / jazz author

“A wonderful vocalist.” Rhonda Hamilton / WBGO

“I can't remember the last time I've been so touched.” Doug Moody / KMFB

“A uniquely lyrical jazz singer.” Michael Bourne / WBGO

“Long overdue

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You and I

Arkadia Records


For You Alone

Unknown label



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