To all the people with heritage from Louisiana with that deep culture, the birthplace of Gumbo and Jazz roots, to keep our roots alive by sharing views, recipes, and family issues that have affected people from the south.
This is a unique gift, to bring music into retirement homes, long term care facilities, children's hospitals, homes for the aged, play flute, violin, piano, trio's, walk down the halls and play tunes for those bed-ridden....jazz heals, who's willing?
Thanks for reaching out....love your music...big feeling sound....look forward to hearing more. I live in Colorado and have sang in New York three times in the last year. Trying to come back in the fall but hard to find venues...if you have…"
"I am a jazz vocalist currently living in Colorado and beginning to travel to promote my CD, "So Sure"; have a wide repertoire in addition. Like to team up with new groups when I travel and sometimes work with my own band. Most recently…"
Friday, 16th January 2009
"Singing gives me a chance to open to and play with aspects of life that are an expansion of my daily landscape. The songs offer me an opportunity to explore a palette of characters, emotions, stories, rhythms and moods. It is through my voice that I experience the shapes, shadows and subtlety of the movements that allow me to step out of daily routine. The songs are my avenue to give voice to the yearnings of my heart and soul."Meryl Romer
Meryl's first recorded outing as a jazz contralto, on So Sure, is at once adventurous and articulate, playful yet sophisticated as she interprets jazz standards and makes them her own. Meryl's original pieces display an honesty only life can teach and her Dylan interpretation is a truly wonderful surprise.
So Sure includes three original pieces, penned for her by songwriter/producer, Casey Collins and composer Eric Moon. "I've Waited Long Enough", "Right on Time", and "So Sure" tell of Meryl's story of having waited long enough to follow and explore her singing passion. "I've often said that I've been singing these songs my whole life....I just never opened my mouth. I began whispering lyrics when I was 11 years old and gathered the courage to begin to sing forty years later."
Meryl covers standards ranging from Toots Thielemans to Rodgers and Hart and newer selections by Cassandra Wilson and Bob Dylan. Her choice of songs reflect her feelings and fantasies about relationships, play, commitment and determination.
Meryl's music collaborators on So Sure are inspired and masterful musicians who have created pulsing, modern jazz arrangements that support Meryl as she breathes loves and life into the tunes. Meryl joined with pianist/arranger Erik Deutsch; guitarist/arranger Bill Kopper; bass player Jonti Siman; drummer Marc Dalio; tenor saxophonist/flutist Robert Kyle; and drummer Brian McRae (track 1) to record So Sure.
Meryl currently performs in the Boulder/Denver area with a revolving group of musicians.
"Meryl Romer embodies the current renaissance of the romantic singers of the 40's. Her sound recalls the voluptuous shape of Sarah Vaughan, the ease and elegance of Ella Fitzgerald and a heart-shuddering vibrato reminiscent of Judy Garland. She sings with a tenderness of heart blown through the essence of maturity. When Meryl wraps her voice around the lyrical standards of jazz, there is an innuendo of innocence that yields a most sophisticated lady." - Vocalist/Producer, Casey Collins
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Hi Meryl. Thank you for the nice compliment. Wish i could take credit for the guitar work on the recordings but it's a friend of mine Craig Nance. Although I play guitar with the rock and blues band, I just sing with the jazz band.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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