Krisanthi Pappas
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Krisanthi Pappas

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“This delightful lady took us on a most entertaining tour of her life through her songs and most interesting stories. Ms. Pappas did all the musical arrangements for the show (she has talents to spare)... Great vocals, great show - I hope it returns so more New Yorkers can catch it.” - Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline New York

“You really have a Norah Jones thing going on, or maybe she has a Krisanthi thing? I greatly enjoyed My Back Yard, personal and very musical. Write more!” - Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award winning Broadway composer of Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, Once On This Island

"Krisanthi Pappas is a welcome addition to Boston's jazz scene. Her rich, dark tone lends warmth to whatever she sings. It is a pleasure to hear her!" - Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer

“My Back Yard is a celebration of childhood with a particularly strong original title track.” - Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe

“If there were a jazz category called “Fun”, that is where ‘My Back Yard’ belongs. Pappas’ effort solidly ensconces her among the upper reaches of hierarchy of current jazz singers and screams out for greater recognition.” - Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

“Krisanthi Pappas, who’s starring in ‘Celebratin’ Swing’ could easily be a one-woman show and a one-woman band too. Pappas is a jazz and pop vocalist, a songwriter and a skilled dancer and instrumentalist. She opens the show like gangbusters... With such strong collaborators and such a talented star, this show is a super treat!” - Ellen Brams, The Patriot Ledger

“Pappas has always possessed considerable musical talent, and a warm, supple voice that can accommodate a surprising range of musical styles. She exhibited a striking and appealing stage charisma that resonated with inner confidence. Using her trademark eclectic repertoire and polished musical skills, Pappas created a very presonal and highly entertaining show that offered a close look at the many sides of this varied performer.” - John Amodeo, Bay Windows

"Krisanthi Pappas sings up a storm!" - Buddy Moreno, WSIE Radio, St. Louis

"A singer possessed of a good "jazz" voice -- rich and resonant." - Peter Coppock, WDCB Radio, Chicago

“At times Pappas’ voice seems to be tailor-made for the intimate cabaret club setting. But she can belt it out with the rest of them when the occasion calls for it. Her intonation is impeccable, as is her phrasing and diction.” - D. Nathan, All About Jazz

"Ms. Pappas sings extremely well, she's in tune and nicely relaxed" - Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine

"A fabulous recording debut by a marvelous young singer. Krisanthi Pappas has what it takes to interpret these classic favorites from the Great American Songbook. A wonderful tribute to the master George Gershwin from a very gifted vocalist and some first rate instrumentalists. Let's hear more!" - Ron Della Chiesa, Music America and The Jazz Songbook, WPLM and WGBH, Boston

"I am enjoying the CD very much and I like your personal tribute to The Boys." - Edward Jablonski, NY, Author of "The Gershwin Years", "Encyclopedia Of American Music"

"Krisanthi has a rich and lovely voice!" - Eric Rawson, Primavera Jazz, Los Angeles

"Krisanthi Pappas really knocked me out!" - Scott McVay, WKHR, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

"Krisanthi's original words and music on cuts 4 and 9 are interesting and quite good. They deserve play for originality along with the standards. She is indeed a gifted artist." - Bruce Tater, KETR Radio, Commerce, TX

"Ms. Pappas: Excellent voice, damn good intonation, great breath control" - Bob Coffee, The Coffee and Jazz Radio Show, NH and VT

"I enjoyed the Krisanthi Pappas tribute album, felt she sang jazz well. Very nice effort." - Lenny Mazel, Jazz Director KCME Radio, Colorado Springs

"Krisanthi Pappas Centennial Tribute to George and Ira is very, very, nice!" - Jack Simpson's Jazz On The Beach, Cocoa, Florida

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My Back Yard

1) Willy Wonka selections
Pure Imagination
I've Got A Golden Ticket
Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo
2) Back In Your Own Back Yard
3) One Slow Dance A Day (K.P. original)
4) A-Tisket A-Tasket
5) Growing Up Medley
When We Grow Up
Corner Of The Sky
6) Wayne (K.P. original)
7) You Make Me Feel So Young
8) Teach Me Tonight
9) Congratulations! (K.P. original)
10) Here's To Toughy McGee (K.P. original)
11) Am I Who You Want Me To Be (K.P. original)
12) Wizard Of Oz selections
We're Off To See The Wizard
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
The Merry Old Land Of Oz
13) Reflections (K.P. original)
14) My Back Yard (K.P. original)

A Centennial Tribute To George and Ira Gershwin

1) I Got Rhythm
2) Embraceable You
3) A Foggy Day
4) If I Had Only Known (K.P. original)
5) (Our) Love Is Here To Stay
6) They All Laughed
7) Nice Work If You Can Get It
8) They Can't Take That Away From Me
9) Oh What A Day! (K.P. original)
10) I've Got A Crush On You
11) Fascinating Rhythm
12) Someone To Watch Over Me
13) Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
14) Summertime

Celebratin' Swing

1) Swinging On A Star (K.P. co-original)
2) Sweet Georgia Brown
3) Intro to Shine On Your Shoes
4) Shine On Your Shoes
5) Siboney
6) Celebratin' Swing (K.P. original)
7) Stardust
8) Intro to It Don't Mean A Thing
9) It Don't Mean A Thing
10) Sing Sing Sing
11) You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You
12) In The Mood


Feeling a bit camera shy


Jazz, cabaret and pop vocalist Krisanthi (Kris-ahn-thee) Pappas has the vocal gentleness of Norah Jones and the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt. Her theatrical-pop songwriting style has been compared to Randy Newman and has been described as a country-flavored blend of jazz, cabaret and pop.

Krisanthi has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, The B-52s, The Yellowjackets and many others. Currently based in Boston, she performs throughout New England and New York City as well as throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. She has a mailing list of 2,000. Krisanthi also plays piano and drums on some of her songs as well as writing her band’s musical arrangements.

Krisanthi is the 2006 3rd place Jazz Winner of the prestigious Billboard World Song Contest for her song "One Slow Dance A Day", placing above literally thousands of entrants worldwide. Krisanthi also won (in a tie for first place) NYC’s Cabaret Hotline 2006 Members' Choice Songwriters' Favorite Song Award for her song "My Back Yard".

Krisanthi’s original music and lyrics receive airplay on “One Life To Live” on ABC and “Passions”on NBC throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. Her songs are also performed live in her own concerts as well as by many other cabaret and jazz performers in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her three highly acclaimed CDs “My Back Yard”, “Celebratin’ Swing” and “A Centennial Tribute To George and Ira Gershwin” receive airplay on radio stations nationwide. Krisanthi is a member of ASCAP.