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Tish Oney

Dr. Tish Oney, international performing/recording artist, arranger, and composer currently tours as a symphony pops and big band soloist, jazz vocalist, and artist-in-residence. Oney has arranged several hundred pieces for jazz combo including hits from the Great American Songbook as well as her originals and is frequently commissioned to write, arrange, and perform unique concert presentations.

Tish recently released her fifth major recording project featuring John Chiodini (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums). This album, The Best Part (on the Blujazz label) serves as a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs co-written by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Oney's 2015 recording of original vocal/guitar duets titled Songs From the Heart was honored by the Recording Academy on the 2016 first-round Grammy ballot in three categories, including “Song of the Year.” Oney's previous albums, Sweet Youth, Dear Peg, and Forever Friend, also achieved international airplay, Grammy consideration, and critical acclaim.

Oney has performed and/or recorded with hundreds of renowned jazz artists and has headlined at thousands of live performances worldwide. She was featured as a big band/symphony soloist in the PBS-broadcast concert recorded at Galen Center in Los Angeles, We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song, along with Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Wynonna, Patti Austin, and Take 6, emceed by Quincy Jones and produced by Phil Ramone. She has performed as soloist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, several U.S. Army Bands including the Jazz Ambassadors and Pershing’s Own Army Voices and Army Blues, among others. She has headlined at jazz festivals, performing arts centers, concert series, and regional theatres nationwide. She has appeared as headlining performer at many jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and the off-Broadway theatre, The Triad, in New York. At home she is a frequent collaborative performer with the Greenville Jazz Collective. An experienced film, stage and television actress, Oney imbues her live performances with dramatic power and warmth.

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”Tish Oney, whose previous CD, Dear Peg, was a tribute to Peggy Lee, on Sweet Youth showcases her delightful voice on a set of duets with guitarist John Chiodini... Her choice of notes and use of space are quite sophisticated. Chiodini, a masterful accompanist and a subtle soloist, has a style that is perfectly complementary and plenty of musical magic takes place between the duo throughout Sweet Youth. This exquisite set, which rewards repeated listening, is available from www.blujazz.com.” (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene)

“(Sweet Youth is) a vocal jazz album, but one with a nice sort of difference, given that the vocals of Tish Oney are only backed by a bit of acoustic guitar! Yet despite the lack of familiar piano, bass, and drums, Tish has a hell of a swinging sound...one that often leads off a tune without the guitar, and then seems to inspire the instrument to stretch out on its own! She's a hell of a singer with a great ability to stretch out her lyrics in true jazz-based ways, really inflecting things yet never going too far over the top, and making for a nice mix with guitarist John Chiodini on the record

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Voice / vocals



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I earned a DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Ithaca College School of Music. I have served as a professor of voice and jazz at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Cal State LA, USC Upstate, Southwestern College, and Christian Heritage College. I have served as an Artist-In-Residence at several more, and currently tour as a visiting artist/master teacher for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). My research on singing and voice pedagogy takes me around the world as a guest presenter, clinician, recitalist, author, and lecturer. My current and former students include major Broadway stars, jazz singers, opera singers and commercial singers. I teach voice at my home studio in Greenville and Skype lessons for professional level singers around the world. Please contact me directly for availability and rates.

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The Best Part

Blujazz Productions


Songs From The Heart

DTG Productions


Sweet Youth

Blujazz Productions


Dear Peg

Rhombus Records


Forever Friend

Rhombus Records



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