In making the journey, Grace Testani
never forgot the warm evenings with her
Italian working class family, gathered with relatives and a few bottles of wine, singing songs of the old country to the accompaniment of accordions, mandolins and guitars.
Their exuberance and love for music, a sheer joy of performing, was incorporated by Grace
in a musical presence and vocal style which now places her
in the vanguard of jazz vocalists.
A singer in the tradition of Annie Ross, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Eddie Jefferson and Ella Fitzgerald, Grace
combines lyrical and ethereal scatting - reminiscent of the great "bop" players - with a technically precise harmonic range and the kind of risk taking that few jazz singers attempt in their careers.
In addition to her arranging, Grace is also a composer and is co-writer with Chick Corea and Kenny Barron.
has appeared in a Japanese TV documentary about world-renown trumpeter, Teramasa Hino , has open twice for Sonny Fortune and was even in The Godfather II.
A former actress and co founder of the Capital Rep Theatre Company
and the Castillo Cultural Center
communicates a dramatic and impassioned presence with sensitive lyrics adapted to works recognized originally as instrumentals.
natural ease with a wide ranging repertoire that includes swing, ballads, Latin (including Salsa and Samba), jazz and original works derives from her
depth of experience as a composer, arranger and solo pianist.
has performed in numerous musical theatre productions as well as with her
own quintet and is often featured on the roster of benefit performances in the New York City area.
In addition to singing, arranging, composing and playing keyboards, Grace is on the faculty of New York University - SCPS and has been on the faculties of The New School (the Guitar Study Center), The Drummers Collective/ SOJ Contemporary Music Studios and The Hebrew Arts School (Abraham Goodman House), a tutor for New York University (Gallatin Division) and Empire State College.
Grace is now the Director of The Singers Center - Sing Jazz and More ™, a learning and networking center for singers in New York City and Online.
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