Shawnn Monteiro

Shawnn Monteiro

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Jazz Times Magazine : “…fresh and adventuresome…a dynamic presence” The Providence Phoenix – “…her voice is rich and clean, demanding riveted attention” Jazz Radio News - “…Shawnn Monteiro has definitely arrived”

Biography

“Exciting, captivating and completely distinctive” is how most jazz cognoscenti describe Shawnn's pulsating lyric style. Whether in the intimacy of a club date or the glitter of a Las Vegas showroom, Shawnn has delighted audiences from USA to Europe with her highly popular jazz repertoire laced with blues-oriented improvisations.

Evident in Shawnn's liveliness of lyrical phrasing and intermittent scat variations is the influences of Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan, from whom she draws that inner core of creative energy. But good genes help, too. Shawnn's father was the late renowned bassist Jimmy Woode, veteran of the Duke Ellington band. Throw into the mix, a lot of musical inspiration and guidance from her Godfather, Clark Terry, and you come up with a combination that can't miss.

Percussion great and latin/jazz impressario Mongo Santamaria discovered Shawnn working in a club in San Jose, California and signed her on the spot to tour with his band. Shawnn electrified audiences as his only vocalist and female percussionist during that two-year circuit where she shared the stage with such greats as Stan Kenton, Celia Cruz, the Fania All-Stars, and Weather Report.

Since then, Shawnn has shared the stage with a prestigious list of notable jazz groups and names: Spyro Gyra, Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster and the Basie Band, Nat Adderly, Kenny Barron, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Gary Bartz, James Williams, Jack McDuff, Keter Betts, Bobby Durham, Jimmy Cobb, Stanley Jordan, Ed Thigpen, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Fortune ....to name a few.

Her popularity continues to grow as clubgoers from Los Angeles to Rome extol the special feelings they share as she lulls them into a mellow mood as only a sensitive jazz vocalist can do. The true magical quality of Shawnn's exciting voice is best experienced in the ultimate setting of the club dates where her warm charisma can be personally felt by those fortunate enough to spend and evening with her.

Shawnn teaches a Master Vocal Class in Rome and Genova, Italy every summer. (Ongoing since 1995)
Artist in Residence – 2 Years at Rhode Island College (Jazz Vocals)

She is also an adjunct Professor (in Jazz Vocals) at both Rhode Island College, Providence, RI and Harrt School of Music, Univ. of Hartford, Hartford, CT.

Discography

Shawnn Monteiro Visit Me
1) Visit Me
2) After Glow
3) Apartment 101
4) Music that Makes Me Dance
5) The Grass is Greener
6) My One and Only Love
7) Seven Days 'Til Spring
8) Where Do You Go
9) I'm Ready to Fall in Love
10) The Last Day Summer

Shawnn Monteiro Never Let Me Go
1) As Long as I Live
2) Where Do You Start?
3) Isn't It a Pity
4) On Green Dolphin Street
5) Never Let Me Go
6) The Lamp is Low
7) I Have the Feeling...
8) Where Do You Go?
9) The Good Life
10) I'm Old Fashioned

Shawnn Monteiro I'm Coming Home Live in Italy
1) Never Let Me Go
2) Second Time Around
3) I'm Coming Home
4) What is this Thing Called Love
5) I Should Care
6) Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
7) Isn't it a Pity
8) Tenderly
9) I Have the Feeling I've Been Here Before
10) Just the Way You Are

Shawnn Monteiro One Special Night with Clark Terry
1) Opening Remarks
2) The Lamp is Low
3) Just In Time
4) Never Let Me Go
5) Blues Medley with the Mumbles Man
6) Introduction to Greasy Blues
7) Havin Chit'lins on the Champs Elysees, Paris
8) Introduction: Monk Story
9) Let's Cool One
10) All My Tomorrows
11) The Nearness of You
12) Sunday

Television/ Radio Airplay:
BET on Jazz – Washington, DC
TV19 – Faunee's Place, Washington DC
Shades – Channel 36 – Providence, RI
Studio 3 – WGMC TV – Worcester, MA
American Masters Series – Cape Cod TV
The Ron Della Chiesa Show – Live – WGBH – Boston, MA
Live – WOTB – Newport, RI
“The Wonder of It All” – Foxwoods National Commercial

Streaming Airplay:
www.ShawnnMonteiro.com