"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

YOU ARE THERE - New Album

Available now!

Available now!

The Musicians

Heavyweights....

Mike Renzi and Kenny Barron on Piano, 

Dave Zinno and Nat Reeves on Bass, 

Joe Farnsworth and Steve Langone on Drums, 

John Allmark and Josh Bruneau on Trumpet  

Steve Davis on Trombone

 

 Select album notes from Bob Gulla

Shawnn is fortunate to be accompanied by a couple of monster of jazz: Mike Renzi and Kenny Barron. Renzi spent years as music director for Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Freddie Cole, and Sesame Street. He is a master at creating the almost invisible space required to accompany a great singer; you need to be present, strong and beautiful, while at the same time making sure that people barely notice what you are doing. On You Are There, Renzi heightens, rather than takes away from, the focus on the vocalist. He plays ballads, the American songbook, or burning bebop, always just right for the time and place. His duet with Shawnn on “Never Let Me Go” is a perfect example of Renzi’s ability to do precisely what is needed to serve the song in the most efficient and tasteful way possible.  

Kenny Barron has earned the respect and attention of appreciative audiences worldwide since his arrival on the scene as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s band. His exquisite, ever-present touch and effortless rhythmic feel are among the assets he explores in order to create a performance that is somehow both comforting and dazzling.  

Nat Reeves is an educator, composer, and bandleader with two recordings as a leader. The late Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett, Pharoah Sanders and Harold Mabern are just a few of those who’ve chosen Nat to grace their recorded efforts.  

Bassist Dave Zinno’s third recording as a leader of Dave Zinno Unisphere has just been released. His versatility and virtuosity have dazzled audiences and bandmates for decades; like the most gifted musicians, Zinno gets better each time he picks up his instrument.  

Joe Farnsworth’s recent Time to Swing CD spent nine weeks in the top 10 on the farnswnational radio chart. The session included Kenny Barron and Wynton Marsalis as part of his supporting cast, which is all you need to know about how widely his talent is acknowledged.  

Steve Langone is a first call for many coming to Boston. He plays any style, from laid back to free jazz, and is particularly respected for his mastery of Latin rhythms. He has two recordings under his name as a leader. 

A note from Shawnn

The Songs...

“My Old Friend” was introduced to me 
by Jimmy Cobb. It was on an album he recorded 
with Gregory Hines singing vocals. 
It has such a sad message and I’ve sung it at many memorials for musicians. However, it is a beautiful song melodically and I couldn’t let it go. 
“Dearly Beloved” I heard performed by the great Nancy Wilson 
at the Newport Jazz Festival and fell in love with it. 
“Inside a Silent Tear” was written by the great Blossom Dearie... 
...one of many of her songs I’d like to record. 
“Let’s Eat Home” I heard on the radio performed by Rosemary Clooney 
and I couldn’t get it out of my head. “You’ll See”, was written by the wonderful Carroll Coates. He wrote a couple of songs on my very first album, 
Visit Me, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to record this one. 
A lot of the songs are standards but timeless. I hope you enjoy what I have selected.

Jazz on the Radio WETF

2022 Tour Dates

Shawnn Monteiro and her trio with special guest Javon Jackson

City Winery Boston, 80 Beverly Street, Boston, MA

Shawnn Monteiro and her trio featuring special guest Javon Jackson. All ages and jazz lovers. Shawnn will be performing songs from her new CD release entitled, You Are There. Featuring well known songbook classics Autumn Leaves, How Deep Is The Ocean, The Shadow of Your Smile and more. Shawnn is a living memorial to an era that is almost fully behind us. Join us to experience the amazing jazz chanteuse extraordinaire, a veteran vocalist whose artistry is crafted in the mold of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson.

The Trio: Tim Ray piano, Dave Zinno bass, Steve Langone drums

Special Guest: Javon Jackson Biography

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 16 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Joanne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King. In 1992 Jackson made his recording debut with Me and Mr. Jones, featuring James Williams, Christian McBride and master drummer and NEA Jazz Master Elvin Jones. Jackson also recorded six projects for Blue Note Records featuring collaborations with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrason, John Medeski and Vernon Reid. In 2012, Jackson released two self-produced recordings, Lucky 13 and Javon Jackson and WE FOUR, Celebrating John Coltrane. For Lucky 13, Javon covers music by Stevie Wonder as well as newly composed original material. Javon Jackson and WE FOUR, Celebrating John Coltrane, is a tribute to the iconic saxophonist and composer. In 2010, Javon was commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival to compose a full- length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lodger, a silent movie based on the hunt for Jack the Ripper. The original score had its debut at the festival, performed live by Jackson at the film's screening in October 2010. In 2013, Javon accepted the position of Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford. Jackson has a Bachelor in Music from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Music from State University of New York College at Purchase.

TBA

Shawnn Monteiro at Feinstein's/54 Below

Feinstein's / 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY

Shawnn Monteiro and her trio are proud to bring their show Swingin’ the Great American Songbook to Feinstein’s/54 Below! Directed and produced by Lisa Yves and Mia Moravis, Swingin’ the Great American Songbook is performed by jazz legacy Shawnn Monteiro who has played with jazz greats all over the world, including her long time accompanist and friend, Emmy winner, Mike Renzi. Shawnn will be performing songs from her new CD release entitled, You Are There, well known songbook classics Autumn Leaves, How Deep Is The Ocean, The Shadow of Your Smile and more. Shawnn is a living memorial to an era that is almost fully behind us. Join us to experience the amazing jazz chanteuse extraordinaire, a veteran vocalist whose artistry is crafted in the mold of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson. All Ages.