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CHRISTMAS PARTY (open invitation) w/THE BOBBY SHORT REUNION BAND w/'SOUTHSIDE' JERRY at JIMMY K’s GRILLE

December 21, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
‘SOUTHSIDE’ JERRY sings and plays Blues, Jazz, R&B (including Disco) and Pop Standards in support of The Bobby Short Reunion Band @ JIMMY K’s GRILLE (This Is An Open Invitation). Bobby Short (drums & vocals) and Bob Vallecorsa (organ)See More
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Have A Swingin' Chanukah at Parkway

December 21, 2014 from 4pm to 6:30pm
Have a Swingin’ Chanukah!Swing Dance, Concert, & Holiday CelebrationDecember 21st, 4-6:30 PM at Parkway Jewish CenterfeaturingHenry Shapiro & Swing Feverfree Swing dance lesson at 4pm $10 in Advance and $15 at the doorwith Pittsburgh’s stellar Jazz musicians:Henry Shapiro - guitar, vocalsDr. Nelson Harrison - tromboneDenny Kurzawski - clarinetTom Roberts - pianoDave Pellow - bassJohn Schmidt - drumsStep up and dance or sit back and listen to some of the finest Jazz and Swing music in…See More
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James st presents Tony Campbell and Lou Stellute Sax in the City at James st {northside}

November 22, 2014 at 8pm to November 23, 2014 at 12am
James st . presents Tony Campbell and Lou Stellute Sax in the CityTony Campbell - Alto SaxLou Stellute -Tenor SaxMax Leak - KeyboardsTony DePaolis -BassGeorge Heid III - DrumsSee More
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RML Jazz at Little E's Jazz Club at Little E's Jazz Club(above Mahoning's Restaurant

November 21, 2014 at 8pm to November 22, 2014 at 12am
The RML Jazz Quartet returns to Little E's Jazz Club downtown on Friday, 11/21/14, at 8:00pm. The quartet will feature Mike Clancy on saxes/flute, Jeff Leonhardt on guitar, Glenn Utsch on keyboard, and Rick Laus on drums. Come on out and enjoy a night of jazz smooth and hot with RML Jazz.See More
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Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet at Cultural District

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Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet will be performing Christmas Jazz at Fifth Ave Place on Friday November 21st for the annual light-up night celebrationSee More
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Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet at Strip District

November 29, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
Join us as we return to Cioppino's Restaurant in the strip district on Saturday November 29th, featuring Mark Strickland on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin barefoot on bass, Barbara Ray (Ms "B") on vocals, and myself Roger Barbour on trumpet and flugelhornSee More
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The Village Tavern Presents Dante' Soulsville Project at Village Tavern (west end)

November 19, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm
The Village Tavern Presents Dante' Soulsville ProjectDwayne Chandler - VocalsTony Campbell -SaxLarry Estes - BassDonna Davis - KeyboardsJevon Rushton - DrumsSee More
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The Village Tavern Saturday Afternoon Jazz Session with Tony Campbell and Jazzsurgery at Village Tavern (West End)

November 22, 2014 from 5pm to 7:30pm
Village Tavern Saturday Jazz w/ JazzsurgeryTony Campbell -SaxAva Lintz- BassVictor Garzata - KeyboardsKevin Hindes - DrumsSee More
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Marva Josie...has earned acclaim as a "Gifted" vocalist from the best of Jazz to those of Operatic and Classical renown. Her soaring 5 1/2 octave range is an example of her ability to take a listener in any direction...much due to her training from the age of eight in Opera and the Classics. She gave her first concert at age nine while a student of music and dance at Clairton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where many greats in music received their acclaim...such as: George Benson, Lena Horne, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Erroll Garner, Billy Eckstine, Mary Lou Williams, Shirley Jones, etc. She is proud to join the list.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Dr. Nelson Harrison, Howie Alexander, Frank Wible,
Spider Rondinelli,
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ, WQED,
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Little E's
About Me:
Marva Josie...Considered by Music Critics and her fans throughout the world as "The Singer" with the unique gift of being able to use her voice as a truce, a pure instrument... an "Interpreter of Songs."

Marva Josie...has a style that can take you to all heights, through many times and places with her believable choices of songs, from the best of standards to Pop/Jazz sounds of the past, present, and, definetly the future...She can move an audience with the sounds of Big bands, or acoustically with just the accompaniment of guitar, rhythm, or just a Baby Grand Piano...She is The Queen of Vocal Control, as only the trained and experienced can accomplish.

She has also performed as an "invited" guest soloist at the White House for Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and for such notables as the Shah of Iran, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, President of France Giscard D'Estaing. She has also appeared as a guest singer on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and the Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and Joe Franklin syndicated TV shows. Foreign television appearances include Italy, Germany, Australia, and Brazil, among others, as both a soloist and with the Earl Hines Orchestra.

Marva Josie...has appeared in concert with such guests as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Benny Carter, Gerald Wiggins, Budd Johnson, Heywood Henry, Illinois Jacquet, Paul Desmond, Herbie Hancock, George Devivier, etc.

Marva Josie...has the unique ability to bring a song to its lyrical and musical best...She is also trained as an actress, enabling her to become an innovative "interpreter" of lyrics. She performed in many "off-Broadway" plays while studying Voice Harmony, and Theory, during her stay in New York City, and put her administrative and creative abilities to use behind the mike and behind the scenes in theater, video, and record production.
She also became involved in the production side of theater and recordings. Her many albums as soloist and featured vocalist with Earl Hines are treasured "gems" by record collectors all over the world.

Her current album is being produced by manager/producer Lee Magid, who has guided the careers of such notables in music as Della Reese, Lou Rawls, Gloria Lynne, Earl Grant, Al Hibbler, Marlena Shaw, O.C. Smith, etc., and now...a singer to be reckoned with.

Marva Josie is now "on a roll"...a singer that cannot be categorized...a singer that can sing anything...in any groove...be it Classical, Jazz Sweet, Soulful, Bluesy, Operatic, or Popular...a style one never forgets because of its sincerity, lyrical, sensitivity, melodic tonality, and feelingd that lead up to the vocal power of Marva Josie. Her voice is the individual and original instrument composers yearn for. She's a singer in a class of her own.

Marva Josie has a universal approach that is embraced all over the world. She;s adaptable and in control any place there's the sound of music...She is a Chameleon of Sound with a voice that will captivate listeners of all cultures and all ages for all time.

Marva Josie is a contemporary voice that will forever be recognised...heard beyond the city sounds of Pittsburgh, or the street and horn sounds of New York City...to the great Concert Halls of Carnegie, Lincoln, Kennedy, and London's Royal Albert, to the far off Symphony Halls of the world...The singer of notes...named...Marva Josie.

Marva Josie has recorded for the following record companies:

* Correctone
* United Artist
* Thimble
* First Church of Deliverance Music
* Voolivre
* Julmar
* Catalyst
* M.P.S. Jazz Series
* Improve
* Quick Silver Records
* Polydor
Website:
http://www.marvajose.net
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artist, industry professional

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At 3:44am on December 25, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 1:37am on August 6, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Marva Josie,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/
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Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).


http://cminejazz.com/show/2010/11/12/minds-of-glass

http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.


Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 10:48pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Marva Josie a gift
At 9:10am on November 03, 2010, Mario Alfano gave Marva Josie a gift
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Really very nice and beautiful voice, many, many compliments.
At 12:29am on October 16, 2010, MICHAEL GIULIANOS BLUE ENIGMA said…

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At 12:35am on September 8, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
Thank you and you do the same
At 3:39am on September 5, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
Hey how have you been??? I have heard many things in the past few weeks and one of was that you were going to open a restraunt in McKeesport is this true??? would love to learn more about this and if I could help out where ever I can or where my experience will allow me too... ;) you have my number its the same as before...
At 2:57pm on April 8, 2010, Alexander Nichols said…
Send me phone number again.
At 6:50pm on December 28, 2009, Buster Maxwell said…
BEAUTIFUL vocal on Prelude to a Kiss. Subtlety and tenderness are rare commodities in today's music world.
At 7:48pm on December 15, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Marva ! Welcome to http://colognejazzart.ning.com/ Kisses Schru.
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