"Brilliant!" - Alan Paul, Manhattan Transfer
Quintet; delivers a mix of classic vocal jazz A cappella and contemporary harmony. Comprised of an eclectic and seasoned cadre of music professionals, the 5-voice group features first-class, modern arrangements of the Great American Songbook’s finest composers.
Having met in college as fellow colleagues, students, and the latter, an instant bond was formed out of a mutual passion for classic literature, jazz harmony, and fine acapella singing. Lead soprano, Christine Tamer, offers an uncompromisingly pure solo voice and technique that is the hallmark of Quintet’s sound. Alto, Jacqueline Duryea, is a highly sought-after vocalist and performer in NY where she has recorded and performed with leading club-date acts for over a decade. Tenor, Stephen Gleason, is a college professor, veteran NYC guitarist, vocalist, and music director who lends-a-hand in arranging and curating the group’s repertoire. Baritone, Marc Silverberg, is a denizen of the contemporary A cappella scene, renowned clinician, and newly minted choir director with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things “A cappella”. Virtuoso pianist and bass, Yuki Yamaguchi, cultivated his early career accompanying opera singers in Japanese conservatories. He is now celebrated as an NYC jazz recording artist, regularly performing in top NYC venues, such as Birdland and The Blue Note.
2016 celebrated the release of their first record: Quintet: Volume 1, which was nominated for best vocal jazz album by CASA and awarded the year's best vocal jazz arrangement for Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise. In addition, the group finished 2nd place at the illusrtrious Harmony Sweepstakes competition in NYC, an appropriate fanfare to kick-off their 2018 performance schedule; including a spot at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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