"I fell in love with jazz the minute I heard BillyHoliday, and even more when Maureen McGoverncame out with her Gershwin album called
Naughty Baby in 1989.
"As a writer, I can't but help buthave a passion for jazz. The standards are shiningexamples of the best song-writing I could everaspire to. Some of my jazz and blues singinginfluences have been Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald,Carmen McCrae, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee,Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson,Della Reese, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Etta James,Maureen McGovern, Patti Austin, my Jazz Vocalsprofessor at Rhode Island College ShawnnMonteiro, and more recently, I've really enjoyedKarrin Allyson, Jane Monheit, Nancy LaMott, andFaith Winthrop. My favorite composers are theGershwin brothers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin,Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, to name only ahandful of the many I love and cover! (I justlearned that Ogden Nash, one of my favorite poetsas a young adult, wrote the lyrics to "Speak Low"!)
Leslie Miller, a Newport-based jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter is available with a jazz ensemble of any size,starting with her vocals and a pianist and other pieces can be added such as bass, drums, sax, flute or trumpet.She will work with your budget and provide the appropriate group for any function, whether public (restaurants,clubs, festivals) or private (parties, fundraisers, weddings, conventions, business-after-hours).Leslie graduated summa cum laude from RI College on May 26, 2011 with a BA in Political Science and a minorin Jazz Studies. She studied with International jazz greats Shawnn Monteiro (www.shawnnmonteiro.com) andGreg Abate (www.gregabate.com). Leslie also can tailor special acoustic performances/presentations for yournonprofit or special interest group (women’s, elder support, for example), using a combination of jazz standardsand her original compositions to entertain, advocate and educate.
Leslie would be glad to provide a free consultation to work out the details for your venue or event atyour earliest convenience.
Leslie Miller | 24A Catherine St, Newport, RI 02840(401) 207-5890 firstname.lastname@example.org.LeslieMillerJazz.com