Singers Thank Tula's
An evening dedicated to the club that has been a great resource for singers, featuring Greta Matassa and five of the area's best up-and-coming vocalists!
For many years Tula's has supported and provided performance opportunities to student vocalists, semi-pro's and teachers like myself needing showcase venues. This is our chance to give back and thank Mack for the years of great sounds! Come hear some of the best talent to come up through this club's workshops and jam sessions and show your appreciation!!!
Five times voted the Northwest's "best jazz vocalist" by Earshot Jazz, Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today. In demand for concert and nightclub appearances, the Los Angeles Times calls her "a marvel of virtuosity." Her collaborations and guest appearances with Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Teatro ZinZanni, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Men's Chorus have been innovative and successful. Matassa is one of the hottest tickets on the Northwest jazz scene and has been compared with the greats, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, and Nancy Wilson. Greta has released five CDs and a live concert DVD and receives regular national airplay. More information and reviews can be found on her web site, gretamatassa.com.
Nancye grew up in a musical family of crooners, fiddlers and guitar players spanning three generations. At 17, she began her professional career, composing, playing piano, and singing with her band in a worldwide tour that lasted six years, and produced three successful albums. After leaving the road to raise her family, she is returning now to the music and her love of the Great American Songbook. A college course, History of Jazz, taught by vibraphonist, Tom Collier, inspired her to join in on the musical conversation after she graduated from the University of Washington in 2007.
Now 17, Jennifer Hoyt has been singing since her toddler days. She was
introduced to jazz at age 10 when she met jazz pianist Darin Clendenin.
After listening to her sing a song or two, Darin said thoughtfully, "There
are some people I think you need to meet," and soon, Jenny was studying with
Greta Matassa and being invited to perform at a number of jazz venues in the
Seattle area, surprising listeners with the maturity of her voice.
As a middle schooler, Jen went to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for the first time and
received a Soloist Runner-Up Award; in 2008, she returned and
took top honors as Solo Soprano Vocalist. She visited Japan as the 2007
winner of the Kobe Jazz Competition, singing at the Kobe Queen competition,
Sone Club, and other jazz venues as a guest artist.
As a member of the acclaimed high school singing group Vocalpoint!, Jen recently concluded their summer show featuring swing tunes from the Big
Band era; she's honored to have the opportunity to return to Tula's to sing
some of her favorite jazz melodies.
Siobhan is seventeen years old; two-time winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Outstanding Alto Vocalist; 2008 high school winner of the Seattle/Kobe, Japan jazz vocal competition at Jazz Alley, then performing at the Kobe Jazz Festival in Japan; member of the 2008 All-State Jazz Choir; and 2008 Alto Runner-up for the Grammy's High School Jazz Ensemble.
ISABELLA DU GRAF
Isabella started performing jazz standards at the age of 13 and released her first CD, Blame It on My Youth, at 14. She is currently a second year student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and has received many awards including 2007 Downbeat College Student Outstanding Performance; 2006 Downbeat High School Student Music Award, and Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Vocalist at the Essentially Ellington jazz competition in May 2006. That summer, she performed the National Anthem for the NFL Seahawks-Raiders game at the Quest Stadium. In 2005, she won the Seattle/Kobe Sister City jazz vocalist competition and performed with Myoto Ozone for the centennial celebration of jazz in Japan. In September 2005, she was featured on the cover of the Earshot Jazz Magazine and won outstanding Alto Vocalist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. "Du Graf has the chops and soulful confidence to win over even the most exacting and critical audiences - even those abroad". —Earshot Jazz
Upon studying for last five years, Katie Voss has developed quite an affection for jazz. Formally a classical singer and piano player, Katie has been teaching all piano styles at West Side Music Academy for the last four years and continues to study jazz piano with Dick Cady. Greta Matassa has been an extremely positive influence in Katie's jazz career and she continues to study with Greta through private lessons and workshops. Katie enjoys weekly jazz sessions with her band and looks forward to continue performing in the Seattle area and beyond.
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