Tianna Hall's 3rd album release, her debut for label Blue Bamboo Music, is her most versatile yet. She opens the album with "My Blue Heaven" & "I Wanna Be Around" swinging the paint off the walls with collaborators Mike Wheeler & Mike Nase on guitars. Third on the collection is the title track, "Never Let Me Go", a lush arrangement by producer/guitarist Mike Wheeler that showcases Tianna's vocal depth and features cellist Lisa Vosdoganes. Another highlight, Jobim's "Samba Do Avaio" might lead you to think that you are listening to another vocalist altogether. This track is sung authentically in true brazilian flair with portuguese augmented by performances from percussionist James Metcalfe, cellist Lisa Vosdoganes and guitarist Mike Wheeler. Jobim's "Fotografia" is also included later in the album with another delicious arrangement from producer/guitarist Mike Wheeler featuring cellist Lisa Vosdoganes. This recording evokes a romantic evening on a brazilian terrace overlooking the sea with sumptuous portuguese and english vocals from Miss Hall. The rest of the album includes many hard swinging tunes from Tianna with guitarists Mike Nase & Mike Wheeler including "Secret Love" & "You And The Night & The Music" along with an outstanding version of Cole Porter's "I Love You", a swanky waltz of "Charade", a sexy take on "You Don't Know What Love Is" and cozy favorites "I Can't Get Started (With You)" & "Everything Happens to Me". This outstanding collection of standards with a taste of Brazilian sophistication & luscious vocal interpretation is sure to be a favorite of jazz elitists & new fans alike.
You can download the album or single tracks online before the official release on the 18th of June!
Here's a bit about Tianna:
Tianna Hall is a 31 year old vocalist in Houston, Texas and former titleholder
of the Miss America Organization. She attended the University of
Houston where she majored in Vocal Performance and worked
professionally in musical theatre and opera for many years before focusing
her craft on vocal jazz.
She was mentored by composer, arranger and jazz pianist Paul English
who helped her begin her career in jazz in 2004. She then quickly became
Houston's busiest & most sought after jazz vocalist.
Past performance venues include Minute Maid Park for the Houston
Astros, Robertson Stadium for the Houston Dynamo, Jones Hall for the
Progressive Forum's presentation of both Garrison Keillor & Frank Rich,
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts' Theater District Open House
Presentation for the City of Houston, two appearances on the late night
Houston Television Variety show for the arts The After Party with Ernie
She has also had steady performance engagements at The Magnolia Hotel,
Ouisie's Table, Eddie V's, Tommy's, Louie's, O'Rourke's, The Tasting Room -
River Oaks, Downing Street Pub, Hotel Icon, Hotel Zaza & Kirby's. She is
currently playing regularly at The Plaza Club at One Shell Plaza, Sambuca
Jazz Cafe & The Tasting Room - Uptown Park.
Her vocals are influenced by artists of many genres including Frank Sinatra,
Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, Rosemary Clooney,
Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Kurt Elling, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, Mel
Torme, KD Lang, Marsha Frazier, Ella Mae Morse, Tori Amos, Sarah
Mclaughlan, Maria Callas, Renee Fleming, Anne Murry, Nancy Wilson, Patti
Labelle, Aretha Franklin & many others.
Tianna has two recordings under her belt (2007 - Tianna Hall & The Mexico
City Jazz Trio - Lost In The Stars & 2010 - Tianna Hall & Danny McKnight -
Ballads & Bossas) with her 3rd album being released on Blue Bamboo Music
in June of 2011 - Tianna Hall - Never Let Me Go featuring guitarists Mike
Wheeler & Mike Nase, Cellist Lisa Vosdoganes & percussionist James Metcalfe.