Stephanie's CDs

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 Take a journey with Stephanie Nakasian .....begin with optimistic love, wind through heartbreak and dissolution, to return to hope in a carefully selected span of songs paralleling the global malaise that has begun to stimulate innovative changes throughout the world in promise of a brighter future. In complete synchronicity with master improvisational pianist Harris Simon, Stephanie dynamically breaks the guidelines of bar-lines and rhythms from her traditional swing and bebop roots with exuberant poly rhythms and exotic harmonies. You will be transformed as Stephanie masterfully “shows the way” in a voice that is fresh and expressively invigorating! Known as one of the world’s leading jazz singers, Stephanie Nakasian will take you on a melodic voyage, fresh and authentic that transcends the Great Ladies of Song in both tribute and originality.

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The band backing up Stephanie includes Hod O’Brien on piano, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Tom Hamilton on tenor, John Jensen on trombone, Hovie Collins on rhythm guitar, Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. The arrangements attempt to approximate the originals and were prepared by Hod O’Brien and Stephanie. The booklet contains descriptions of each selection with an explanation of some of the techniques used by each vocalist whose style is being interpreted. More than anything else, this CD further reveals the wide range of technique that Stephanie Nakasian is capable of. To a great extent, she captures the feeling and manner of each of the great vocalists that she has chosen to present.

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If I Ruled the World: CD
  • If I Ruled the World: CD
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 A wonderful and eclectic selection perfect for looking at trouble and trying to find a way to get out and into a brighter future with Hod O’Brien-pno, Mark Kirk-alto and sop sax, Steve Gilmore-b, Vic Juris-gtrs, Bill Goodwin-d

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Billie Remembered: CD
  • Billie Remembered: CD
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Classic remake of Billie Holiday’s 1935 Landmark Recordings with Hod O’Brien as Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen as Ben Webster, Randy Sandke as Roy Eldridge and Stephanie Nakasian as Billie with Marty Grosz-gtr, Neal Miner-bass, Chuck Riggs-drums FEATURED ON “FRESH AIR” with Terry Gross on NPR

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Dedicated to Lee Wiley: CD
  • Dedicated to Lee Wiley: CD
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Stephanie with great bands singing the repertoire of 30′s diva Lee Wiley With Hod O’Brien-pno, Spanky Davis-tpt, Dan Barrett-tbn, Harry Allen-tnr, Allan Vache-cl, Michael Moore-b, James Chirillo-gtr, Jackie Williams-dr and Vince Giordano orchestra (on selected tracks)

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Stephanie's Books and Sing-a-long CDs

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Includes 2 CDs with 160 minutes of exercises!

Why this book works: Often we singers get in our own way by
thinking too much, trying too hard and by making things too complicated.

This method works for all styles of music - pop, theater, jazz, rock, R&B, gospel and classical. This book simplifies the approach to naturally open and powerful singing and, through the process of letting go, you, the singer - will discover much of what you want from your voice:

• More naturally powerful, consistent, open, beautiful sound and tone
• Improved/extended range
• Improved pitch accuracy
• More breath at your command and more efficient use of breath
• Improved ability to transition through break areas with less effort and without loss of tone
• More flexibility with which to do more with your voice
• More freedom and confidence for free expression through your singing
• Exercises which you can directly apply to your songs and to specific problem areas

Packed full of productive and easy exercises, visualizations, cartoons and illustrations to help simplify the thought process and therefore the singer’s approach to technique. This book has
helped hundreds, even thousands of students! Humor, Simplicity, Results!

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Stephanie's Daughter - Veronica Swift

Benny Green: Then and Now: CD
  • Benny Green: Then and Now: CD
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Benny Green's 2018 release. A recording session led by prodigy vocalist Veronica Swift made such an impact on Green that he expanded his own generally instrumental traditions and began collaborating with both Swift and his trio. Green's authoritative skill at the keyboard and hard-swinging ensemble were the perfect sonic landscape for Swift's masterful musicianship and organic approach to scat singing, with Swift proving her voice was the perfect soloing instrument to complement Green's stylistic swing.

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Let's Sail Away: New Recording
  • Let's Sail Away: New Recording
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Veronica's Newest Album as co-leader with Orlando Saxophonist and educator Jeff Rupert. Together they present a product that encompasses the spirit of Stan Getz and the Gilberto/Jobim partnership, as well as the bebop side of Getz and even a tint of Gershwin's finest symphonic melodies. With some originals of theirs as well, they hope you enjoy "Let's Sail Away"

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Stephanie's Dear, the Incomparable Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)

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Stories about the Jazz Life, by Hod O'Brien.

“This book is not intended to be a strictly biographical text, but, rather a collection of funny, little incidents and stories I’ve witnessed and heard along my way, on my path as a freelance jazz musician over the past 60 years of my professional life.

It’s intended mostly for fans of mine, whomever and wherever you all are, and fellow musicians, who might be interested in hearing a little bit more about me from another perspective, rather than from just my music and recordings alone. . . . The jazz community is a small, but hip part of the world, of which I’m happy and proud to be a member, and to whom I wish to express my deep gratitude — to those of you in it and interested in my work.”

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