Martha J.

Martha J.

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“A fascinating and refined jazz repertoire; a sincere and natural vocalist that can easily transmit deep emotions.” (A.C.)
"...an explosion of freshness, of vocal skill and great professionalism, together with a talent that no school can teach: in brief, a great vocalist!" G. Candiano - TGcom.it

Biography

2010 - NEW CD!

A WAVE OF NEW IDEAS IN ITALIAN VOCAL JAZZ:

"DANCE YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN"
ELEVEN ORIGINALS FOR THE THIRD CD BY MARTHA J. AND FRANCESCO CHEBAT

After the success of her previous albums, Martha J. is back with a new, interesting work.
Dance your way to Heaven, the third CD that the Italian singer produced with pianist and composer Francesco Chebat, starts from jazz atmospheres but soon leaves classic rhythms and melodies behind, to explore different creative worlds and try out new ways.

Dance your way to Heaven is a creative album, with a European, warm and elegant sound.
It reminds the mix of genres of the British group Pentangle, or some songs by Joni Mitchell, with some reminiscence of the jazz fusion of the Return to Forever, together with melodic suggestions that makes you think about Depeche Mode.
Martha J. and Francesco Chebat chose the classic jazz trio to produce this CD, but the songs and the arrangements are not related to any standard jazz rhythm, except the clear reference to jazz waltz (The Never-ending Dance) and to bossa nova (Windy Day).

Dance your way to Heaven is far from the usual vocal jazz atmospheres; it refers to harmonies, melodies and rhythms different from swing, keeping in mind the complexity of modern jazz.
This album is fresh and spontaneous, and makes immediately enjoyable songs that are not as plain as they might seem.
The songs describe a path between dream and reality, with a sound that touches souls and catches attention from the start.

All songs are composed by Francesco Chebat, while Martha J. wrote the lyrics.
With them, Roberto Piccolo on double bass, Stefano Bertoli on drums and Cisco Portone on percussions and cajon.

www.marthaj.it
www.francescochebat.com

Martha J. – vocals
Francesco Chebat – piano
Roberto Piccolo – double bass
Stefano Bertoli – drums
Cisco Portone – percussions amd cajon

Tracklist:
Dance your way to Heaven
Little angel eyes
Diamonds in my mind
Like children seeking the truth
Too soon
Ufo
The thread of dreams
The never ending dance
Wake me up when we get there
Wind day
The only sane thing to do

BIOGRAPHY
I have always been singing.
My career started in Milan (Italy), in the '80s: I went around in pubs and jazz clubs, playing guitar and singing songs of American artists, such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, etc. and English folk songs (Pentangle).
One night, while playing in an anonymous and almost empty bar at the outskirts of my hometown, I had the classic Cinderella stroke of luck: a producer was there and then... well, then the hard work started: writing songs, recording, making photographs, meeting people... in 1990, all this turmoil took me at Sanremo Music Festival. After that, I recorded 2 CDs (PDU/Emi and RTI Music) and I took part in many radio and TV shows. I gave many concerts in Italy and abroad (for example, Italian Celebration, Toronto, Canada).
My love story with major labels and Italian pop music ended in 1994.

Of course I kept on singing and from 1999, I turned almost exclusively to jazz music.
Since then I have been working with many musicians in jazz clubs, festivals and events in Italy and abroad (Switzerland and Germany):
Locarno Film Festival 2010, RSI Stage
6th International Jazz Festival, Osijek, Croazia - 2010
Jazzonlive 2010, Brescia, Italy
Ivrea Jazz Club - Martha J. quartet - 2009
Musiche dal Mondo 2009 - Campodolcino (So)
Musiche dal Mondo 2009 - Villa di Chiavenna (So)
Suoni e Voci dal Mondo 2009 - Arconate (Mi)
Valtidone Festival 2009
WineFoodJazz Pink - Zugliano (Vi) - 2009
Suonintorno - Note Inconsuete - Stezzano (Bg) - 2009Jazz in Selvagreca - Casa del Popolo - Lodi - 2009
Brianza Open Jazz Festival - 2008
Valchiavenna Jazz & Blues Festival - 2008, 2007
Lario Estival - 2008
Jazz in Laus - 2008
Ferstival delle Muse (Cr) - 2007
Lombardia Festival - 2004, 2005, 2007
Saint Bartholomew's Jazz Event - Casale - 2005, 2006, 2007
Musica ai Giardini Margherita (Pc) - 2005, 2006, 2007
White Turf, Saint Moritz - 2005
Monticelli Jazz Festival - 2005
6° memorial Demetrio Stratos - 2005
Jazz Club Mendrisio
Jumpin' Jazz ballroom Milano
Opening of the winter season, Ischgl, Austria
and many others.

In 2004 I won Lifegate Radio Contest and in 2005 I was invited to sing in american saxophonist Carol Sudhalter's new CD: Shades of Carol.

In 2008 I published two CDs dedicated to jazz standards: "That's it" (with Francesco Chebat, piano; Roberto Piccolo, double bass; Stefano Bertoli, drums) and "No one but you" (with Francesco Chebat on piano).

In 2010 I release "DANCE YOUR WAY TO HEVEN" a new album with songs I wrote with pianist Francesco Chebat.

Lyrics

Dance Your Way to Heaven

Written By: Lyrics: Martha J. - Music: Francesco Chebat

Baby baby - Do your dance now
Slow and lazy in the wind - Like a falling leaf

Let your little heart swing slow
Lightly as a wish you float
You can dance your way to heaven

Baby baby - Little daisy
I’m the princess, you’re the king - I’ll give you my ring

Let your little heart swing slow
Lightly as a wish you float
You can dance your way to heaven

Baby baby - Drive me crazy
Waltz around the night with me - We'll forget our fears

Let your little heart swing slow
Lightly as a wish you float
You can dance your way to heaven

Diamonds in my mind

Written By: Lyrics: Martha J. - Music: Francesco Chebat

Visions of starry summer nights come and go
Like the waves on the shore
And I recall the moonlight
And sitting in that little bar
It’s so easy to love you

Apples and kisses, sparkling champagne and you
In that house by the blue
And if I had more money
And if I had no things to do
I’d go right back there with you

Sparkling like little diamonds inside my mind
Memories are like a treasure no one can steal from me

I still can feel the sweet embrace of the sea
Like a cradle it swings
And I recall the moonlight
And wishing on a falling star
Did your secret dream come true?

Sparkling like little diamonds inside my mind
Memories are like a treasure no one can steal from me

No one can steal diamonds from my mind

Little Angel Eyes

Written By: Lyrics: Martha J. - Music: Francesco Chebat

I wait for the moon to rise
I hope you won’t be late
Tonight the stars are crowding the sky
I can’t stand their light without you
They shine like angel eyes
They smile

Let me not wait too long for the moon to rise
Let me not be alone little angel eyes

Once again I’m losing control
I hope you won’t be bad
Here alone in darkness I feel
Life can be much more than a dream
It shines like angel eyes
It smiles

Let me not wait too long for my love to come
Let me not be alone little angel eyes

Like Children Seeking the Truth

Written By: Lyrics: Martha J. - Music: Francesco Chebat

There’s someone looking for water
Someone runs from home
There’s someone trying to save lives
Someone looks for love

There are things going on
And we must be pure
Like children seeking the truth

There’s someone looking for shelter
Some look for a job
Women still looking for freedom
Behind a locked door

There are things going on
And we must be pure
Like children searching for something true
In a world of fear
Where we all should be in peace

(…)

There are things going on
And we must be pure
Like children seeking the truth

There’s someone looking for justice
Some try to forgive
Some forget and some remember
We all try to live

There are wars we must fight
And we must be pure
Like children searching for something true
In a world of fear
Where we all should be free

The Never-Ending Dance

Written By: Lyrics: Martha J. - Music: Francesco Chebat

Too many things to say
Too many words that flow like an endless wind in my brain
Why can’t I keep the pace with this never-ending dance
While my time is dripping away?

Love is just like the tide
It comes and goes and we never seem to know when it shows
We are taken by surprise and suddenly we realize
That we’re not the same anymore

Some are scared and some just smile
and some say they just don’t care
But in the end we all give in to love’s never-ending dance.

Love is just like the tide
And so maybe its stream one day will make us meet again
You’ll take me by surprise and suddenly I’ll realize
That I’m not the same anymore.

I’ll be scared and I shall smile, pretending I just don’t care
But in the end I will give in to love’s never-ending dance

Discography

2010
DANCE YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN
Martha J. – vocals
Francesco Chebat – piano
Roberto Piccolo – double bass
Stefano Bertoli – drums
Cisco Portone – percussions amd cajon

All songs by Martha J. and Francesco Chebat
Listen here: http://www.marthaj.it/player_3/pop_player.html
Buy the CD: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marthaj4

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2008
NO ONE BUT YOU
Martha J., vocals
Francesco Chebat, piano

After many years of concerts, I decided to go to a studio and record some of the jazz standards I love most.
I selected the songs that touch me most and I hope I succeeded in transmitting to listeners the same emotions I feel.
"...there is no doubt that this CD also deserves a first class rating and even the song “Sophisticated Lady” alone makes it worth buying it." (G. Candiano, TGcom.it)
Listen to this CD at CDbaby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marthaj

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2008
THAT'S IT!
Martha J., vocals
with Francesco Chebat, piano - Roberto Piccolo, double bass - Stefano Bertoli, drums

This CD is dedicated to jazz standards.
This project comes after almost ten years of live performances.

"The title of this CD expresses well what Martha J. is now: an experienced and accomplished vocalist, with a voice full of colors and shades, sure of her talent and of her style, thanks also to the musicians she came across (and that she does not forget to thank!), especially Francesco Chebat, with whom she achieved a deep and intense musical feeling.
(...) all the songs are remade with respect but with a personal style, and an up to date and fresh feeling; but the most surprising thing is the beginning of the CD, Almost Like Being in Love, where Martha lively leaps over a smooth and rustling background of brushes, with the other musicians that burst in with energy after the first theme... a perfect start!
The CD is really all very good and I can listen to it over and over ..." (by Lalla - iltonnuto.it)

Listen to this CD at CDbaby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marthaj2

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