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About Mary Talbot Fee

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Singer, Mary Talbot Fee, grew up in a musical household. Daughter of an opera and musical comedy performer, Mary was raised listening to classic choral tunes, show tunes and opera. Her mother, Angela Talbot was the founding director of the Berkshire Lyric Theatre and performed at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1972. Mary began her own singing venture at age 6 as a children’s choir member in her local church in Massachusetts. One moment sticks in her mind as the point where she fell in love with jazz. At a party at her parent’s home, Mary, aged 4, was seen hanging out with the jazz musicians and playing under the piano. A special love had begun.
Mary’s father was an avid athlete and taught her to ski and ice skate as a toddler. Her love of figure skating propelled her to do shows and competitions as a teenager, doing free style as well as partner dance numbers. As a dancer and skater, Mary became versed in the complex rhythms of ballroom dance music, which she recognized in the music she loves.
As a college student, Mary majored in Modern Dance and performed as a dancer in many dance and theatre productions, including Cabaret. Her senior recital included a piece choreographed to a collage of a cappella blues songs sung by Mary, herself.
Music continued to be a part of her life as Mary sang with a Steel Drum Band in her twenties. At the time she was also a student of Kevyn Lettau, renown jazz vocalist. Mary’s career began to blossom when she became a student of Amber Whitlock. Amber and her husband Rob Whitlock are well respected jazz musicians, producers and arrangers. Both have recordings to their credit most notably including the late Michael Brecker and Anthony Jackson. They recognized Mary’s love of Jazz and added her to their roster at Sketchin’ Records. Rob’s arrangements centered around Mary’s gift for languages as well as her vocal range. They brought in some incredible musicians that are well known in the music industry including Charlie Bisharat (former musical director for John Tesh), Trey Henry (of Tierney Sutton’s Band), Cliff Almond (Michel Camillo, Manhattan Transfer, Chuck Loeb), Kleber Jorge (Sergio Mendes & Kevyn Lettau) and Luis Conte (James Taylor Band).
The journey taken in recording this CD defined Mary’s voice style as an intimate, fresh sound with international influence. From conception to finish “Midwinter Night’s Dream” takes the listener on the journey of a rich life of artistic, theatrical and musical influence.

Currently living in San Diego, Mary is again a student of Kevyn Lettau, honing her improvisation skills.

Mary Talbot Fee joined the JazzTimes community on Nov 04, 2009