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Gretchen Parlato: The Art of Inspiration

Roseanna Vitro interviews fellow vocalist Parlato about her approach to vocalizing

Gretchen Parlato (photo: Ken Franckling)
Gretchen Parlato (photo: Ken Franckling)

Gretchen Parlato’s career ignited after winning the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in 2004. This honor was a game changer in vocal jazz for honoring a singer’s musicianship and connection with the band versus a big voiced performer in front of the band. Gretchen’s touring schedule these days is one which any young or old jazz singer would be thrilled to call their own. Vocally, Gretchen possesses a sexy, breathy sound with excellent pitch. Her rhythmic precision, control and overall musicianship are obvious from the downbeat when you hear any of her recordings.

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