Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzBlues

"A One-Woman Rat Pack!" If Frank Sinatra had a kid sister... Hip, retro, frisky, swingin' fun with a powerhouse vocalist and a sizzlin' hot, stellar 8-piece band. The "love-child" of Dean Martin & Judy Garland!

Biography

Terese Genecco & her 8-piece *little big band* have just completed a run of monthly performances at The Iridium Jazz Club in Times Square, New York City. Known as "the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway," they began their residency in March of 2008 and played 2 different sets on the last Tuesday of every month through July, 2013. After a short hiatus, Genecco will be launching a new project in New York City as well as taking the show on the road to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Austin, Rochester and to the UK and Italy.

"There were no 'mice' in the Ratpack - it was strictly an all-boy's club. But if Frank, Dean and Sammy ever returned from the Great Casino in the Sky, the first youngish female singer that I'd recommend to join their clan is this high-voltage entertainer. On the last Tuesday of each month, she and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set at The Iridium, with one hard-hitting swinger after another, pausing only for what she describes as a mandatory 'two-ballad maximum.' The calendar may say Dec. 28, but Ms. Genecco makes every show seem like New Year's Eve." ~ WILL FRIEDWALD for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; NY CULTURE EDITION 12/04/10

"A natural with a raucous 8-piece band!" STEPHEN HOLDEN for THE NEW YORK TIMES; April 19, 2012

"An irrepressible, old-school, world class entertainer...A Dynamo! Simply amazing! A full throttle celebration!...This kind of comet doesn't pass our way nearly often enough." KEVIN SCOTT HALL for EDGE NEW YORK

"It's a gloomy world out there, but with Terese Genecco & her Little Big Band in the house, it's a whole lot brighter!" CHAD JONES for SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

TERESE GENECCO (pronounced Teh-REECE Jeh-NECK-oh) achieved national attention in 2005 with her critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning jazz/musical creation, "Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye!" Genecco has been charming audiences and critics alike, nationwide, ever since.

In addition to her major engagements at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, Ms. Genecco has also performed at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, B.B. King's Blues Club, 54 Below and The Cutting Room. Before relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to NYC, Genecco played major engagements at Yoshi's Oakland, The Plush Room, Jazz At Pearl's, and The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko (now Feinstein's at The Nikko).

Genecco was named to Time Out New York Magazines list of the Top Ten Best Cabaret Shows of the Year in 2006 and 2007 (in the company the legendary EARTHA KITT and JACK JONES) and was awarded a 2007 Bistro Award for Best Tribute Show. The 2008 MAC Award for Best Recording (Manhattan Assoc. of Cabarets & Clubs) went to Genecco's debut CD (Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label.) Genecco also won the highly coveted 2009 MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist and received a 2009 OUTMusic Award. She was nominated for yet another MAC Award with a bump up to the MAJOR ARTIST category in 2010 and three 2011 Out Music Award Nominations. She won two 2012 MAC Awards for Major Artist - Female or Duo and for Show Of The Year. She also won a second Bistro Award in 2012 for the 95th Birthday Tribute to Russell Garcia. Genecco was nominated in three categories for the 2012 BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards. She was nominated for two more MAC Awards in 2013 for Major Artist and Best CD/Recording.

In addition to her 8-piece "little big band" shows, Terese can be seen in a duo show with musical partner, Windham Hill-SONY/BMI guitar virtuoso SEAN HARKNESS, titled "Elvis '56!" which they continue to perform around the country. She also performs in numerous benefit concerts, Pride events, and in "Broadway Swings" and "Women of Jazz" at 54 Below in NYC and at The White Plains Performing Arts Center. She has appeared as the opening act for Steve Tyrell at The Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey and has shared a bill with Paul Anka at The Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. She played major engagements at The Basement Jazz Club in Sydney, Australia and in performing arts centers in Keri Keri and Auckland, New Zealand. Genecco has also been seen in the famed Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco and at The Steamboat Landing Resort in The Finger Lakes Region of New York State, as well as a series of concerts in Rochester, NY at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. She has performed as a main stage artist at both the San Francisco and New York City Pride events.

Ms. Genecco is a graduate of the musical theater program at Syracuse University with a BFA. She is also a produced playwright and a standup comedian. Her company, Mulligan Productions, specializes in arts management with subdivisions BUG:OUT:MUSIC, BUG:OUT:DESIGN, BUG:OUT:MEDIA, and more.

Lyrics

If I Was A Boy

Written By: Maria Gentile & Caren Cole

Would you love me better if I was a boy;
If I had grown up to be a man?
Would you feel happy being there with me?
Would it feel safe to hold my hand?
Would I be allowed to love anyone at all?
Could I wear what I wanted to?
We could kiss in sunlight,
slow dance until dawn
making plans that fear could not undo.

If my hair was shorter,
If my clothes were different,
If my voice was deeper,
If I could play ball...
Would my life be better;
romance even greater;
Would fate smile upon me after all?

Would it make you happy,
Could I bring you joy?
Would you love me if I was a boy?
Could you love me if I was a boy?

Would my Daddy love me if I was his son;
if I could carry on his name?
He would laugh for hours, thinking I was clever,
Would he shake my hand after the game?

Life would seem unlimited,
Night would feel safe then.
We would never have to run again.
But would it make you happy?
Would it bring you joy?
Would you love me if I was a boy?
Would I love me if I was a boy?

Discography

Terese Genecco released her sophomore CD, "Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band Live From The Iridium NYC" on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label on March 20, 2012. It is available at all online music retailers including iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify and more.

She released a new single on October 1, 2010 on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label. "If I Was A Boy" is available for digital download at CD BABY, Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music retailers. The direct link to the single is: www.cdbaby.com/cd/teresegenecco2

Terese’s recording of “Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye” is on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label and is available at www.drunkwithlove.com and www.cdbaby.com/cd/teresegenecco as well as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com.

Other recordings on which Genecco is featured include Russ Lorenson’s "What I Want For Christmas" on the LML Music label. Terese appears on track #9, "Snow."

GO TO www.drunkwithlove.com for digital liner notes and purchase info for Genecco's first full-length, live CD and to www.cdbaby.com for the rest of her music.

Set List

Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are available for corporate, private, casino, festival, house concerts, and club dates around the world with several show formats including her Las Vegas style "Swingin' In The City," "The Rat Pack Tribute" and the original award-winning "DRUNK WITH LOVE:A TRIBUTE TO FRANCES FAYE!" Also available is "OSCAR! Academy Award-winning Songs from the Movies."

"Terese Genecco Sings Elvis '56!" is available with duo partner Sean Harkness on guitar.

All performances can be tailored to your needs.

1) an 80 to 90-minute nightclub act...fully self-contained...

2) a two-act, two-hour theatrical production, with intermission.

3) two, 70-minute jazz club sets, focusing primarily on the music and arrangements (non-theatrical)

4) a one or two-act version of the Elvis Presley show, including holiday material if requested

Songs with the band include up-tempo, high energy, treatments of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Swingin' On The Moon,"