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Jazz standards at the Marriott in Lionshead

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LIONSHEAD – One of the first things you notice about jazz vocalist, Armonica, is her presence. In the fullest sense of the word she is all there – completely in the song and in the moment. And you can’t help but be right there with her.”It’s striking how forcefully she comes across when you watch her live she’s got a powerful stage presence,” said pianist Tom Grant.

Armonica came to the Northwest jazz scene from Alaska where she earned recognition as a top-rated female vocalist (Daily News Minor). It was at one of Portland’s legendary Jazz Jam Sessions that she met nationally-known percussionist Ron Steen and joined his band. She now performs in jazz venues with musicians including Russell Malone, Dan Faehnle and Ben Wolfe, all members of Diana Krall’s band and pianist Grant. Drummer Ron Steen says her “passionate approach” and “fresh vocal style” set her apart from many jazz interpreters.

“Music has always been important to me, but when I heard jazz for the first time it just touched my soul. Jazz allows me to express myself as an individual,” said ArmonicaJazz lovers will appreciate what Steen calls her “sultry voice, true jazz sensibilities and well-developed improvisational skills.” Often likened to Sarah Vaughn or Carmen McCrae, Armonica nevertheless has her own take on a repertoire that includes a vast array of jazz favorites and lesser-known gems. She has built a loyal local following at the Jazz Festival at Newport, Portland’s Jazz de Opus, Heathman Hotel, Portland Jazz Festival, Sweetbriar Inn, and Jackson Hole Jazz Festival, and she has performed in Snowmass, Steamboat Springs and Santa Monica.

She also leads jazz workshops, and performs at business and social functions throughout the region. Her latest CD, “From Me To You,” displays her range and passion for what she calls “her home in jazz.”For more information, log on to http://www.armonica.info.

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