Marissa Dodge
  • Female
  • MN native
  • United States
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“Art is infinite."

Profile Information

Where are you located?
Milky Way Galaxy, earth, the woods, where next?
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Spoken Word Artist, Educator, Clinician, Freelance Writer, Journalist
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm a musician, vocalist, songwriter, composer, lyricist, writer, poet, spontaneous inventor, one witty mofo, animal and nature lover - God seeker, gardener, cooker, baker, and bookmaker. I dig anything artfully, brilliantly, and cleverly done.

If you dig a good story, here's my slant on things:

Check out Downbeat Critics Poll nominated jazz vocalist Ed Reed doing his interpretation of my song "Black Is" on his new CD "The Song Is You."


A Resounding “Yes!”

A multifaceted talent, Marissa Dodge has created an eclectic and expansive career over the last three decades. The legendary Lena Horne has compared Marissa’s songwriting to Strayhorn, and upon hearing her play and sing Ms. Horne replied, “You are good, you should sing your songs.” When the inimitable Shirley Horn heard Marissa sing and play, her reaction was, “You should be heard. You‘ve got ‘it.’“ “Fantastic,“ is the word Karrin Allyson used to describe Marissa’s lyric writing, and to this Ms. Allyson added, “I’ve always loved what you do, Marissa.” Grammy winning composer/arranger Jeremy Lubbock has called Marissa’s songs, “Gorgeous.” Grammy winning composer/arranger Bob Freedman has dubbed Marissa, “One of America’s finest lyricists.” Jazz luminary Jack McDuff stated, “Marissa is a gem, great, just great!” An impressive list of vocalists and musicians have recorded Marissa’s songs and sung her praises.

Her compositions receive TV and radio airplay in more than 30 countries on TV productions, commercials, and in countless live performances. Day and night, somewhere around the world, Marissa’s music is heard. Some of her lyric work can be heard on the title cut from Grammy nominee, Phil Kelly’s CD, “My Museum,” which was among the Top 10 jazz CD’s of 2007 in Brazil, and also made the Jazz Times Top 50 CD’s of 2007 list. JAZZIZ magazine has featured two of Marissa's lyrics on their compilation CD's. Her song "Black Is," the opening track of Lena Horne's latest Blue Note release, Seasons of a Life, has brought Marissa even wider recognition. “‘Black Is,‘ is a softly powerful affirmation.” - Christopher Loudon (

Marissa not only writes music, but writes about it as well; her erudite reviews and interviews can be found on Of her writing, Ted Gioia, author of The History of Jazz, said, “Marissa Dodge is a remarkable writer and lyricist, who captures the spirit of the music and transforms it into words."

Add to her list of accomplishments poet and author; Marissa’s trio of poetry collections; Multiple Poemodality Disorder, The Power of Negative Thinking, and Never Tell An Indian How To Start A Fire, as well as her anthology of short stories, Dust Off The Neurons, are nearing release.

Still, one might wonder who the real Marissa Dodge is; is she a songwriter, a lyricist, a composer, a musician, a vocalist, a piano player, an improviser, a recording artist, a reviewer, an interviewer, a writer, an author, a poet? Yes!

Marissa’s long awaited solo project, Valentino’s Daughter, will encompass all of her elements, enlightening those who are unacquainted with the full spectrum of her work, and will absolutely answer the questions that Shirley Horn once asked her; “Did you write the words and music? Is that you playing piano? Is that you singing?” The answer to every question is a resounding, “Yes.”

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Vocalist, Piano
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Marissa Dodge In Concert ~

Marissa Dodge's Blog

Emergency Dime

Posted on May 27, 2008 at 2:30am 2 Comments

I always carried my emergency dime.

A phone call was 10 cents back then.

My dad would ask me if I had it on me.

It would be in a tiny purse or pocket,

in place of a penny in my loafer,

or chained to a belt loop in one of those plastic coin purses

that smelled so good I’d walk around with my nose in it.

My emergency dime had supernatural powers;

I could call from anywhere on the planet

and get my dad to come… Continue

Ruth Hann Dodge - A Story, A Song

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 3:30am 0 Comments

In the 1920’s a shy little girl named Ruth Hann

from a small northern town

with harsh winters and hard times,

challenged convention and her stoic upbringing

by picking up a “licorice stick” -

not the penny candy kind of licorice stick,

though it was sweet and good,

like Benny Goodman, whose music

that shy girl fell in love with at first note,

but a clarinet that she bought with pennies

she saved from… Continue

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At 7:33am on July 8, 2011, Mary MacGowan said…
Hey, Marissa, next time you're in Michigan, let me know!  I'd love to see a show!
At 7:52am on June 13, 2011, Mary MacGowan said…

We're Great Lakes neighbors?  Which side of the lakes?


Very nice to meet you, let's keep supporting our mutual love of songs and singing!


At 12:08am on November 4, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Loved chatting with you tonight, you need to come by here more often, there are so many new people here since you been here. Put your feet up and enjoy some of the great talent in our community. Network, many need to know YOU!

Best of heart,
At 4:56am on June 12, 2010, Fawzi Chekili said…
Hello Marissa,
Congratulations again, hope you're doing well,
At 1:05am on May 11, 2010, Tony Axtell said…
Just here thinking about you, Lena, Jack, McDuff, Walter, Ruth, Shirley... and all the others who've touched our lives. Let's talk soon... Love you, Me
At 3:57pm on April 7, 2010, Ava DuPree said…
Hey Dodgeball, I miss our world-saving chats!
At 1:55pm on February 14, 2010, james english gave Marissa Dodge a gift
At 5:03am on August 14, 2009, Ava DuPree said…
Can you believe I actually left the farm for a minute?...
At 8:18am on August 7, 2009, Bev Getz said…
Hi my Sweet Friend.... I just checked in here for the first time in a while and saw your comment. OMG... I wish I had seen it sooner! But I'm glad I made you smile a lil' bit!

Hey... you KNOW that you and I are "twin smart-a****"!! (-; I believe, separated at birth!

Now I'm sitting here totally wrapped up in "The Room".... here in your room!

Giant hug.... and anxiously awaiting any news of projects you are working on!
At 12:22am on June 20, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
So pleased to see your return Marissa, this place isn't the same without you, for you were here when we opened its doors and so many enjoy all your wonderful music and musings. Especially me! We just miss you, that's all. Thanks for the love shining so bright, it lifts me up.

Your friendship is honored, know that.


















Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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Over 130 critics voted on the best jazz albums of 2018 — celebrated elders dominated the top of the results, but a class of younger musicians is rising.

'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2018

Friends of the show offer memories and music of pianist Cecil Taylor, Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Nate Chinen's Favorite Albums Of 2018

For NPR Music's jazz critic and the editorial director of WBGO, 2018 was a year that saw music — not just jazz — in the throes of a creative boom, rocketing in many directions.

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