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You Are There- Review

Shawnn Monteiro’s latest album You Are There is a fine documentation of her high caliber vocal prowess. This Providence, Rhode Island chanteuse showcases her prodigious talents in a variety of musical settings, arrangements, tempos employing everything from breathy vocals, sustains, scat, and a large vocal presence.

Monteiro has accomplished a great deal on her latest album, You Are There. She swings. She scats. She croons. She features giants like Michael Renzi, Kenny Barron, and Dave Zinno in a true artist’s effort to flesh out her musical vision. What this album, years in the making and showcasing decades of knowledge, has to offer is huge. Produced by Monteiro and Steve Rizzo at Systems Two Sound and at Stable Sounds in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, You Are There can be appreciated for its resonance as well as its talent.

Upcoming Shows 2023-2024


Back by popular demand for Valentine's Day at Scullers Jazz Club. Make it a romantic night out with jazz and dinner at the famous Scullers Jazz Club. Shawnn Monteiro with her fabulous trio, Matt DeChamplain on piano, Dave Zinno on Bass and Gary Johnson on drums.

Shawnn Monteiro at the Side Door Jazz Club

Side Door Jazz Club

Shawnn makes her return to the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme CT backed by all star musicians Matt DeChamplain on piano, Dave Zinno on bass and featuring Jonathan Barber on drums.

Jonathan Barber Bio

International Recorded artist, composer, educator and bandleader Jonathan Barber was voted the #1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer. Barber has already recorded and toured worldwide with such artists as Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, Erykah Badu, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Wallace Roney, Gretchen Parlato, Jennifer Holiday, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and many more. In addition to his first-call status as a sideman, Barber has recently stepped forth as a composer and leader with his Vision Ahead band. Even with Barber’s history of high-profile gigs and recordings taken into consideration, DownBeat magazine gave his latest album “Legacy Holder” 4.5 stars. Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead is a powerful declaration of intent for a band that’s been making waves on the modern jazz scene. The group’s blend of classic, swinging jazz with elements of gospel, rock, soul, and fusion is a compelling showcase of Barber’s broad stylistic range as a composer and performer. Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead was featured and headlined the Rainy Days Jazz Festival held in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Hartford Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and has completed three National Music Tours. Being an independent artist Jonathan Barber just released his third album with Vision Ahead entitled “Live at Jazz Standard '' which is exclusively on Bandcamp. Newly appointed Jazz Drum Instructor at University of Connecticut, Barber expands his artistry as an educator. Also stepping into the role as a Drum Clinician, Barber toured as a solo clinician in Latin America and China and has been featured at PASIC (2022). Barber endorses Ludwig Drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks and Sensory Percussion. Just releasing Jonathan Barber& Vision Ahead's newest album "Poetic" Barber hopes to present his music to as many as possible.

“I recognize my God given gift. Maximizing this gift to its full potential is the best thing you can do for yourself. Operating in this gift is how you give back to the world.”


Take a walk through

jazz history with

Shawnn in a tribute

to the great voices of the

black women of jazz, Carmen,

Ella, Sarah, Nancy, Dinah,

Abbey, Billie and

so many more heroines

of our great American art form. 

From the perspective of a black

jazz singer.






YOU ARE THERE - Nominated for best vocal jazz album- Jazz Awards

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"You Are There" is Shawnn's most important album to date. Rich collaborations with many of the current heavyweights of jazz. Kenny Barron and Mike Renzi, Dave Zinno, Steve Langone, Nat Reeves, Joe Farnsworth, John Allmark, Josh Bruneau and Steve Davis. You gotta hear this!"” - L.Y.

— Host WETF Jazz Radio