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Rene Marie Trio Live at The Zeider's American Dream Theater

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The Zeider's American Dream Theater hosted the first annual Vocal Jazz Summit. Under the direction of Alexis Cole the summit is “an annual conference designed to bring together vocal jazz enthusiasts, emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and the greater vocal jazz community to connect and engage one another in celebration of the art form, present unique educational experiences, and provide an environment to nurture and grow the vocal jazz community. The weekend will engage festival-goers with live performance, interactive ...

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Live Review

Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner

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Rene Marie The Jazz Corner Rene Marie with Experiment in Truth Hilton Head Island, SC December 28-29, 2018 There are no sharp edges to Rene Marie's voice. Her singing has a warm, soft-velvet quality. She does, however, have an extensive range and an ability to change direction and tempo with surprising ease and speed. She was joined by Experiment in Truth, a trio comprised of John Chin on piano, Elias Bailey on ...

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Album Review

Rene Marie: I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt

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Iconoclastic and often enigmatic singer Rene Marie was plain when she once said that she never wished to record a tribute disc. After four successful recordings with MAXJAZZ, including one (Vertigo (2001)) provocatively pairing “Dixie" with “Strange Fruit," Marie took a hard left to address in music some of her pressing artistic concerns. This resulted in 2011's Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motema) and her loving ode to America, Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motema, 2011). No, Marie had no intention ...

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Album Review

Rene Marie: Black Lace Freudian Slip

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Budding jazz instrumentalists are often told that they need to find their own voice but, ironically, those who use their actual voices are often expected to adhere to the sonic standards of those who came before. Fans and press who value originality in jazz instrumentalists wring their hands in frustration when more John Coltrane clones come into the picture but, on the other side of the coin, the masses applaud and herald singers with voices crafted in the images of ...

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Live Review

Rene Marie

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René MarieNovember 1, 2008 (First Set)Dazzle NightclubDenver

René Marie is a jazz singer, and one of the better ones in the business these days. She performs the standards and often does so in a straight ahead, straightforward but still unique manner. She's not content to exclusively reinterpret the jazz songbook, however. She writes her own songs and is also known to occasionally select a pop song not typically heard in a jazz context ...

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Album Review

Rene Marie: Live At the Jazz Standard

Read "Live At the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The biggest surprise perhaps on Rene Marie’s inaugural live recording is the conspicuous absence of her controversial reading of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit" and the traditional “Dixie" in medley from her last MAXJAZZ recording Vertigo (MXJ114, 2001). To Marie’s credit, she does cover her previously covered “How Can I Keep From Singing" (the title of her initial MAXJAZZ release). Stunning in this release is Ms. Marie’s beautiful coupling of Ravel’s “Bolero" and Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne." This daring association alone (the ...


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