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Nancy Marano

Nancy Marano was named "Top 4 Jazz Vocalists of the Year" by the IAJE Journal in recognition of her performance on the critically acclaimed CD "If You Could See Us Now!" with Manny Albam and The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.

Nancy has been profiled by Whitney Balliett in The New Yorker, and also by CBS Sunday Morning TV program. She has recorded Seven CDs to date as leader, and has recorded as a guest vocalist with Benny Carter and Dick Hyman. She has been a guest soloist in concerts with the Radio Big Bands of Koln, Germany and Slovenia, and sung at North Sea Jazz four times, Sea Jazz in Helsinki, Marca Jazz in Italy, and on The Norway Floating Jazz Festival. Performances: JVC Festival, IAJE, Women In Jazz at the Kennedy Center, The Alec Wilder Festival and at The Charlie Parker Festival with Benny Carter. Nancy led an accordion duo for 9 years, called Marano & Monteiro, with 2 recordings on the Denon label, and one produced by Nancy.

Very active in Jazz Education Internationally, Nancy has been a faculty member of Manhattan School of Music for 20 years. She teaches Jazz Voice, Ensembles, classes in Ear-Training and Sight-Singing, and Directs the Jazz Choir. She has also been a faculty member of William Paterson University for 14 years. International Master Classes: Amsterdam Conservatory Artist in Residence, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht Conservatory and the jazz program in Groningen - all in The Netherlands.

She has been the Jazz Vocal Faculty for the Summer Jazz Program at Amsterdam Conservatory for 3 summers. In the USA, Nancy has been a Voice Panelist for the NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts). Nancy is currently teaching intermediate voice for the famed Jazzmobile Workshops in Harlem, NY (4 years)

Nancy is also the vocal editor Bill Evans Fake Books, (Volumes I and II) and plans on publishing her first methods book called "Musicianship for the Jazz Vocalist", based on her private lesson sessions with Jazz Singers in Voice, Piano, and Ear-Training. Nancy gives frequent Vocal Workshops in NYC called "Sessions in Song & Swing" on Thursday Evenings.

Nancy's latest recording, "You're Nearer," was voted by "Downbeat" as among the best CD's of the 2000's. She can be heard accompanying herself on Piano for 2 Tracks, and arranged 9 of the 12 songs. There are quotes on the CD by Johnny Mandel, Dick Hyman, George Sheaing, Dave Brubeck, Annie Ross, Blossom Dearie, and Dave Frishberg.

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Album Review

Nancy Marano / Manny Albam: If You Could See Us Now

Read "If You Could See Us Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There may be better Jazz singers than Nancy Marano (that’s wholly subjective), but there aren’t many who are better equipped (that’s a fact). Marano has a perfectly lovely voice and knows how to use it, as she shows time and again on If You Could See Us Now! It’s enormously helpful, of course, to have wonderful arrangements by the late Manny Albam performed by the world–class Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, a circumstance that Marano says consummates the dream of a lifetime. ...

Album Review

Nancy Marano: Sure Thing

Read "Sure Thing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Nancy Marano taps the best of both West and East players for her latest album. The West Coast contingent is led by the inestimable and undervalued Mile Melvoin. For the session 3,000 miles to the East, another under recognized pianist, Michael Abene takes the lead. Marano takes is on piano for two of the tunes.

Marano is a member of that distinguished group of distaff vocalists who are legitimate heiresses to Ella, Sarah, Jeri, Billie, Carmen, June, Julie and Jo, ...

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"Nancy Marano is a winning and highly personal interpreter of songs that are rarely done, and sung with a poise and poignancy that makes them fresh and emotionally vital." GARY GIDDINS

"Nancy has great musicianship, sound, and time and sings with emotion. She is one of those world-class spectacular singers." DAVE FRISHBERG

"There is no superlative that overstates the way I feel about Nancy Marano's talent." BENNY CARTER

"It's one thing to have a great voice . . . it's another to know how to sing and tell a story. Nancy knows." . . . MARILYN AND ALAN BERGMAN

"Nancy is a songwriter's dream." JOHNNY MANDEL

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


FACULTY: William Paterson University,(14 years) Manhattan School of Music,(20 years) Jazzmobile Workshops in Harlem,NYC (3 years-intermediate voice) NANCY MARANO PRIVATE JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOPS: (14 YEARS) (1) Sessions in Song & Swing (2) Jazz Vocal Performance - FALL SESSION, September- December: SPRING SESSION, March thru June. NANCY'S PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/EAR-TRAINING LESSONS: Accepting New Students. All Classes with Nancy focus on The art of Critical Listening, Intonation and Phrasing, Musicianship, Rhythmic Interpretation, Jazz Conception, Rehearsing the Band, Performance Anxiety. Nancy teaches internationally, clinics,workshops, concerts, etc. currently has been writing arrangements for Jazz Choir, which she now brings to her Master Classes, adding a new dimension to her presentations. She also writes arrangements for other vocalists.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

You're Nearer

Munich Records


Sure Thing

BluePort Records


If You Could See Us...

KOCH International Jazz



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