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Donna Byrne can take her listeners on a journey down new musical avenues by using a wide range of deep, soulful vocal talents and a true artist's feel for interpretation and improvisation. Experimenting with her emotions and playing her versatile voice like an instrument, Donna's performances are always an example of a true seasoned professional. She is a perfect mix of talent and grace. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer at the top of her game. This is why she has been consistently invited back to the top venues on the East and West coasts

Let's Face the Music and Dance

Read "Let's Face the Music and Dance" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Stellar renditions of jazz standards by a wonderful singer who understands the songs and extracts genuine tenderness and excitement from them. To top it off, she's surrounded ...

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Kathleen Kolman: Dream On

Read "Dream On" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New England jazz polyglot Kathleen Kolman displays efficiency in art with the release of Dream On. The recording serves as both her Masters Degree project at Lesley University in Cambridge and her first commercial release. She joins a rarefied group of female jazz vocalists who call New England home, including Donna Byrne, Kris Adams, Krisanthi Pappas, ...

Licensed To Thrill

Label: A-Records
Released: 2004

Licensed to Thrill

Label: A-Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. You and the Night and the Music (Dietz/Schwartz) - 4:34 2. Nobody Else But Me (Hammerstein/Kern) - 3:52 3. My Old Flame (Coslow/Johnston) - 4:52 4. Agua de Beber (DeMoraes/Jobim) - 4:53 5. Talk to Me Baby (Dolan/Mercer) - 6:20 6. Reaching for the Moon (Berling) - 5:29 7. Shadowland (D'ambrosio/McKenna) - 4:48 8. Old Devil Moon (Berlin) - 3:51 9. The Underdog (Frishberg) - 5:37 10. I'll Always Be in Love With You (Green/Ruby/Stept) - 4:30 11. I Don't Care Much (Ebb/Kander) - 3:51 12. I'm Walkin' (Bartholomew/Domino) - 4:58 13. Remember My Child/Grow Tall My Son (Engvick & Wilder/McGlohon) - 4:40

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Donna Byrne: Licensed to Thrill

Read "Licensed to Thrill" reviewed by Ed Felper

Any recording titled Licensed to Thrill sets up a certain expectation. Unfortunately, the latest CD from the Boston-based vocalist rarely lives up to its promise. Byrne delivers a solid, competent set of pop and jazz standards, but her thin, reedy voice isn't particularly distinctive or compelling, much less thrilling. What sparkles are the nuanced, textured arrangements ...

Don't Dream of Anybody But Me

Label: Ol' Socks
Released: 2001
Track listing: I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over; Street of Dreams; It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); In a Sentimental Mood; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Don't Dream of Anybody But Me; The Two Lonely People; All Alone on My Own; My Melancholy Baby; East of the Sun (and West of the Moon); He Was too Good to Me; Someone to Light up My Life; Medley: A Cottage for Sale/A House Is not a Home; I Hear Music

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Donna Byrne: Don't Dream of Anybody But Me

Read "Don't Dream of Anybody But Me" reviewed by Dave Nathan

A true gem of a singer, Donna Byrne's latest is a 14-track journey through the pages of the Great American Songbook, and along the way she brilliantly captures the essence of each of these chestnuts. But Byrne knows how to extend herself far beyond mere recitation of the words. Her delivery is so engaging, so dazzling, ...


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