Sandra Marlowe Bio
Possessing a rare versatility in timbre and range, a keen ear, and an interpretative approach that whistles boldly through the dark while seeking the light, vocalist Sandra Marlowe brings warmth and finesse, yet undeniable power and sheer sass, with an occasional “edge of your seat” surprise to True Blue., her debut jazz CD.
From a shy kid growing up near the snowbound Canadian border to belting “old-time” gospel tunes at a llittle church on the Dakotan prairie; from white-knuckling through classical piano recitals and opera workshops in sunny California to schlepping gear and swingin’ tunes as the girl singer of bands; from strutting the blues as the “mama” of suburban cabaret to soulful renditions of sacred song, Marlowe has arrived center stage with a CD release primed for national attention. Seasoned, yes. Jaded? Not so much.
Arranger/co-producer Larry Dunlap has crafted sumptuous arrangements for “True Blue.” releasing July 31, 2012. He directs Bay Area A-list musicians to generously complement a songstress whose adventurous life embodies the “art of reinvention,” and whose songs truly honor the integrity and legacy of the Great American songbook.”
In live performance, this world-class voice captures audiences from the opener, while a sharp wit, engaging personality, and penchant for peak experience draws her, the musicians and the audience together in ear-teasing and heart-revving moments. Marlowe has performed at festivals around the U.S., including The Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, Big Bear Lake Jazz Fest, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Jazz in the Olympics, Palos Verdes Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summer Festival, and was a featured vocalist at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA.
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"…One of those rare singers that possesses an unerring sense of pitch, a natural sense of rhythm, and a completely relaxed delivery of the musical components of a song …with a beautiful vocal quality that never fails to draw the audience into the experience.”
– Larry Koonse, Jazz Guitarist, California Institute of the Arts Faculty
“A rare voice capable of caressing the lyrics and reaching high notes with ease . . . “
– Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
“…a satin smooth sound combined at times with a little Morgana King…”
– Don Albert
“…Marlowe can pull from a myriad of vocal colors and nuances.”
– Brent Black, Critical Jazz
“…superb, magnificent, vocal technic . . . A bliss!”
– Serge Warin, Radio Grand Brive, France
“…an almost perfect Mason/Dixon border of soulful black jazz inflection and white Tin Pan Alley.”
– David Pyles, AcousticMusic.com
“The focus everywhere in True Blue is Marlowe's voice, and she's capable of covering a lot of ground in knowledgeably superb fashion…convincingly. That's the key. As golden as this CD is, I suspect we've only seen just heard the tip of the iceberg.”
– Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange