Vickie Smith and her Band
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Vickie Smith and her Band

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Mar
31
Vickie Smith and her Band @ Central Presbyterian Church

Summit, New Jersey, USA

Summit, New Jersey, USA

Mar
12
Vickie Smith and her Band @ Eisenhower Hall Theatre

West Point, New York, USA

West Point, New York, USA

Mar
09
Vickie Smith and her Band @ Sussex County Community College

Newton, New Jersey, USA

Newton, New Jersey, USA

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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


"She can get into a song and she can swing...Smith obviously has admirable appeal." - Star Ledger


“Vickie Smith is just exciting…She radiates sunshine.” - WOR Radio


“…Same upbeat ebullient spirit that was a regular focus of many of Fitzgerald’s performances. Smith retains the spirit of Fitzgerald’s artistry without resorting to trying to be Ella Fitzgerald, & maintains her own performing persona.” - AllAboutJazz.com


“Vickie’s personality, her singing, the audience response – it was all just great! Really exciting.” - WMSC Radio


“The "Voices of Jazz" program brought the nuances of the jazz and swing era to life for our students and staff members. Vickie Smith not only entertains; she also educates her audience.” - Berkeley College, NJ


“ You are absolutely great…You have that star thing – you are beautiful, have a great personality and you sing brilliantly. Ella is smiling right now.” - Legendary Producer/Arranger


"Our Faculty, Staff and Students were amazed how well Vickie Smith and her Quartet captured the Ladies of Swing, with both song and history. We cannot wait to have her back. " - Columbia-Greene Community College


“This classy singer really is a satin doll. Vickie Smith's tribute to the ladies of swing is right on the mark. " - Stockton College, NJ


“Vickie really knows how to swing…charmed a SOLD-OUT audience!” - Theatre @ YMHA of North Jersey


"Your tribute, Satin Dolls, with the HOT Seven was superb. I've already received calls from people wondering when you're coming back." - Sussex County Community College, NJ


Discography

Recorded at:
BIOYA Recording Studios, Paterson, NJ

Personnel:
Vickie Smith, vocals; Bob de Benedette, piano; Ron Naspo, bass; Rick Visone, drums

Track Listing:
1. Oh Lady Be Good (Gershwin/Gershwin)
2. Love You Madly (Ellington)
3. Dedicated to You (Cahn/Chaplin)
4. Cottontail (Ellington/Hendrick)
5. How High The Moon (Hamilton/Lewis)
6. Undecided (Shavers/Robin)
7. So Danco Samba (Jobim/De Moraes/Gimbel)
8. What Am I Here For (Ellington/Laine)
9. Takin' A Chance On Love (laTouche/Duke)
10. Just Squeeze Me (Gaines/Ellington)
11. I'm Beginning To See The Light
(Ellington/Hodges)
12. In A Mellow Tone (Ellington)

Playlist:
WOR 880 AM, WMSC 90.3 FM, WFDU 89.1 FM, WLFR 91.7 FM, WBCX 89.1FM

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Bio

A spirited jazz vocalist with a special connection with her audiences, Vickie Smith has been called “intriguing” by reviewers. “Vickie Smith is just exciting,” says the legendary Joe Franklin, of WOR AM radio. With a sophisticated selection of tunes and arrangements that she has a personal hand in creating, Vickie can mesmerize audiences with a ballad, and in the next number, “She can get into a song and she can swing. Smith obviously has appeal,” says Zan Stewart of the Star-Ledger. Audiences of all ages enjoy Vickie’s performances, and by popular demand, she is often booked for repeat engagements. At one such venue, The Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ, Vickie and her band recently performed at their performing arts center in a “best of the best” jazz series. Campus Activities Director, Tom O’Donnell, says delightedly, “WOW! Vickie is a tremendous hit and outstanding talent. Our students welcomed her back to our Night Of Jazz, held in our Performing Arts Center. She warmed everyone’s hearts and was embraced by our entire college community.”

Vickie was introduced to live jazz at the tender age of 3 by her father, a well-known jazz guitarist in New England. As a young child, she would sit in on her father’s band rehearsals, often grabbing the mike to “get in on the act”. This was her first taste of the standards that would become the foundation of her career. A few years later, her parents split, and Vickie was raised by her mother in her grandparents’ home in Brooklyn. Vickie grew to adore the jazz standards that she had heard as a youngster. “My grandparents greatly influenced my taste in music, with loads of original 78 rpm records, an antique hand crank victrola, and stories that brought the music to life.” Through the years, she studied piano and violin, often playing songs she would learn just for her grandparents.

Bringing the music to life once again for audiences of all ages, Vickie’s latest project is “Satin Dolls,” a loving tribute to the ladies of swing. “I want my audiences to feel they are part of something special, something created just for them.” After months of research on the female vocalists of the swing era, Vickie chose different stylists for her show, women such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, and Rosemary Clooney. Vickie weaves a common thread through the stories of these lady legends - how they each made the transition from “chick singers” originally viewed as a novelty, to becoming well-respected musicians at the top of their field. These female artists were involved in every step of the music process, from arrangements to delivery. For example, Sarah Vaughan was a consummate pianist, who accompanied Billy Eckstine’s orchestra before she got her break. Ella Fitzgerald was cultivated by musicians she worked and toured with after she was an overnight sensation with “A-Tisket A-Tasket”. “Vickie hasn't just learned this music," concludes Bob de Benedette, Vickie’s accompanist and co-arranger, "She lives it. She brings youthful energy to it, like nothing else I've ever heard. She's at the beginning of a very long career, and that’s why I enjoy spending so much time working with her closely on the arrangements."

Vickie Smith presents more than just songs in her fast-paced, high-energy show. Her varied program showcases her multi-talents and those of her band members, while weaving the story of these dynamic legendary divas. Vickie includes a tune that has made a popular comeback recently, “Sway,” in tribute to the inimitable Rosemary Clooney. Through her research, Vickie uncovered a version of this song that Rosie recorded with Perez Prado, universally known as the King of Mambo, and the bright and swinging arrangement inspired Vickie immensely. Learning that the song was originally entitled “Quien Será,” complete with Spanish lyrics, Vickie decided to include the exciting selection in her sets. She is fluent in Spanish - yet another side of this well-rounded performer. She also includes a Jobim selection, “Só Danço Samba,” often requested by fans at monumental Ella & Duke Ellington concerts. Vickie sings her own high-energy version in both Portuguese and English, with scat and percussive scat sections.

Vickie developed the show “Satin Dolls”, upon repeated requests and after the success of her two tribute shows to Ella Fitzgerald. The first show focuses on Ella’s early recording years on the Decca Label, and is an insightful look into the development of a 17-year-old novelty big band singer, into one of the greatest jazz legends of all time. Shortly after several well-received runs of the tribute, Vickie got to meet Hank Jones, one of Ella’s long time accompanists. Jones was impressed with her musical selections and tastes and encouraged Vickie to continue her tributes to the jazz great. Vickie went on to research, produce, co-arrange and direct another unique Ella tribute, “Ella and Duke, Love You Ma