Marianne Solivan Quartet

Marianne Solivan Quartet

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Strong. passionate, hard swinging vocals that recreate standards melodies. This is the voice of new comer Marianne Solivan, her improvisatory approach to the standard jazz repertoire is fresh and exciting!

Biography

Marianne Solivan is an experienced and talented Jazz Vocalist, who, together with her critically acclaimed Quartet, has been a staple on the Boston Jazz scene for the past four years, entertaining thousands at festivals, restaurants, and clubs.
Marianne was born and raised in New York, where she was exposed to music from a very early age while singing as a soloist and part of a choir in church. She later moved to Boston where she has been living for the past ten years.
Deciding to pursue a career in music, she enrolled in The Boston Conservatory as a Classical and Musical Theater major, staying there for a year. However, as Jazz was quickly becoming her main musical passion, she transferred to the prestigious Berklee College of Music to fully devote herself to learning it. At Berklee, Marianne quickly became one of the top vocalists due to her excellent technique gained from the studies at the Conservatory and her very natural talent for singing Jazz, and was soon one of the very few students to receive full scholarship from the school. It is there that she got the opportunity to study with Jazz legend Kevin Mahogany, as well as such renowned teachers/ performers as Lisa Thorson, Bob Stoloff, Jan Shapiro, and Maggie Scott. Every year, she took part in the Berklee Jazz Vocal Series, a concert designed to showcase the finest Jazz singers the school has to offer, and, in May of 2002, she won the prestigious Cleo Laine award, which is given to one exceptional vocalist a year. Shortly after, she was selected as one of the ten singers to perform for legendary Jazz Vocalist Shirley Horn and the Multi-Grammy award-winning producer David Foster at the Berklee College of Music Commencement Concert. Currently attending The New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, completing her Masters in Jazz Studies, Marianne studies with famed trumpeter John McNeil, pianist Michael Cain, vocalist Dominique Eade, and pianist Danilo Perez.
Four years ago, Marianne put together her Quartet, with which she has been actively performing ever since. Comprised of some of the hottest young players on the Boston scene, the group has played in the major jazz clubs in the city, including Les Zygomates, Ryles Jazz Club, and The Acton Jazz Café, as well as taking part in many of the cities festivals and outdoor events. Together they have created a sound that is fresh and modern, yet also firmly rooted in the Jazz tradition, with influences ranging from Jazz icons Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, to such modern innovators as Betty Carter and Jeanne Lee.
Marianne Solivan’s vocals have been described as lush, passionate, and intoxicating. She possesses incredible technique and immense expressive powers, being able to fully mesmerize her audiences with her strong stage presence and her beautiful voice. She is one of the very few singers of her generation who has such a thorough backing in the Jazz tradition, and together with her Quartet, she keeps expanding the music’s boundaries and captivating thousands of people in the process. The Marianne Solivan Quartet effortlessly brings together the most valuable elements of beautiful music making and is one of the few groups that are the true bearers of the Jazz tradition.