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Anna Mjöll: Press

(Mar 2, 2011)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Anna Mjoll back @ Charlie O's, Dec 10

Anna Mjöll @ Charlie O's
Dec 10, 8pm
13725 Victory Boulevard
Valley Glen, CA
Ph: (818)989.3110
 

Anna Mjoll back @ Vibrato, Nov. 27, for some Groovin' Thanksgiving Weekend Jazz!

Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato
Saturday, Nov 27, 9pm-11pm
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA

Come hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Thanksgiving Jazz Night with Anna Mjöll @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato! This Saturday, November 27th, at 9pm. Then you'll understand why we at Jazz Station have voted her one of the Top 5 singers in the current jazz scene.

ALMOST SOLD OUT - AGAIN!!!
Anna Mjoll and the Pat Senatore Trio, led by the great bassist who is Vibrato's artistic director.
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA, 90077

NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.
http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/index.php

ANNA MJÖLL (vocals) with the PAT SENATORE TRIO !!
ANNA MJÖLL / vocals
PAT SENATORE / bass
BOB LEATHERBARROW / drums
ED CZACH / piano

After acclaimed apperances in such jazz clubs as Vitello's, Charlie O's and Baked Potato, LA-based Icelandic jazz princess Anna Mjoll returns to Vibrato. "As far as repertoire goes...everything from Invitation to Desafinado to 500 Miles High to Round Midnight to One Note Samba to How High The Moon, All of Me, Perdido, Blue Skies, Lover Man, Old Black Magic, Cry Me A River, Misty, Summertime, How Insensitive, plus an original I wrote with trumpeter Lew Soloff," says Anna, one of the Top 5 Jazz Singers of 2009 in the 31st Annual Jazz Station Poll, thanks to her fascinating debut solo CD, "Shadow of Your Smile," which features Vinnie Colaiuta, John Robinson, Dave Carpenter, Don Grusin and Luis Conte.

She has a new album coming out soon, "Christmas Jazzmaz," which includes such Christmas favorites as "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland" and Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song."

"Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues."
-Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com

"Icelandic jazz vocalist Anna Mjöll has developed a considerable buzz in L.A. selling out two nights of recent weekend shows at Vibrato."
-Tom Meek, LA Jazz.com

To read the review about Anna's debut solo album:
http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/2009/12/vocal-cd-of-month-anna-mjoll-shadow-of.html

Pics from Anna's previous gig @ Vibrato last month:

Back in LA, Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll performs @ Charlie O's, Nov 12

Back from her native Iceland, our LA-based jazz diva is back on the block. So, come hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Jazz Night with ANNA MJÖLL @ Charlie O's! This Friday, November 12th, at 9pm. Then you'll understand why we at Jazz Station have voted her one of the Top 5 female singers in the current jazz scene.

Charlie O's
13725 Victory Boulevard
Valley Glen, CA 91401
Ph: (818) 989-3110

ANNA MJÖLL/vocals, John Heard/bass, Roy McCurdy/drums & Andy Langham/piano

Anna Mjoll live @ Baked Potato, this Sunday

Anna Mjöll will be performing @ The Baked Potato (3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA) this Sunday, October 10.
9 and 11PM shows - call (818) 980-1615 for reservations

Anna Mjöll / vocals
Mike Miller / guitar
Steve Hass / drums
Edwin Livingston / bass

Adding songs like "Pannonica," "Freddie Freeloader," "A Night in Tunisia," "Monk's Dream," "Nature Boy" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Inutil Paisagem" (singing Aloysio de Oliveira's original Portuguese lyrics) to her impeccable repertoire.
 

(Mar 2, 2011)

Sunday 10/10 - Anna Mjöll & Friends at The Baked Potato

Icelandic jazz vocalist Anna Mjöll has developed a considerable buzz in L.A, selling out two nights of recent weekend shows at Vibrato. Sunday night finds her backed by her best ensemble yet, this time for a gig at The Baked Potato. The lineup includes Mitchel Forman on keys, Edwin Livingston on bass, Steve Hass (Manhattan Transfer) on drums, and Mike Miller (a veteran of Bette Midler's recent extended run in Las Vegas) on guitar - plan on arriving early for seats on what's likely to be the busiest Sunday night in some time at the Studio City club.

Tom Meek - LAJAZZ.com (Oct 4, 2010)

(Mar 2, 2011)

Anna Mjoll live @ Vibrato, Oct 1st

Come hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Jazz Night with ANNA MJÖLL @ Herb Alpert's VIBRATO! This Friday, October 1st, at 9pm. Then you'll understand why we at Jazz Station have voted her one of the Top 5 singers in the current jazz scene.

ALMOST SOLD OUT - AGAIN!!!
Anna Mjoll and the Pat Senatore Trio, led by the great bassist who is Vibrato's artistic director.
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA, 90077

NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.
http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/index.php
(Anna with the Pat Senatore Trio;
from left to right - Josh Nelson, Pat Senatore, Anna Mjöll & Bob Leatherbarrow)

Anna Mjoll live @ Charlie O's, Sept. 17

After another successful gig (two sold-out sets) at Herb Alpert's Vibrato on August 28th, with Josh Nelson, Pat Senatore and Bob Leatherbarrow, Anna Mjöll is back at Charlie O's this next Friday, September 17, at 8pm. She'll be performing songs from her acclaimed "Shadow of Your Smile" CD.

CHARLIE O's
13725 Victory Boulevar
Valley Glen, CA 91401
Ph:(818) 989-3110
ANNA MJÖLL/vocals, JOHN HEARD/bass, ROY McCURDY/drums, ANDY LANGHAM/piano


"I'm really overwhelmed amazed and humbled by the incredibly warm welcome I have received performing my music here in Los Angeles, I love the City, I love the People and most of all I love it when we all get together and share our love for the Music. That's my Paradise," says our LA-based Icelandic jazz diva.

She's also preparing a new album. "I'm just working like a maniac finishing up my Christmas CD with Vinnie Colaiuta, Olafur Gaukur, who also wrote some amazing arrangements, Don Grusin, the wonderful Dave Carpenter and Charlie Bisharat. The tracks sound amazing! I'm so excited about this one!"

We can't wait to listen to it!

"Someone recently referred to Anna's new CD, recorded in California and mixed in Reykjavik, as "a must have by the sweetest woman and singer this side of Iceland!" I must add: a must have by the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period."

"Shadow..." features the LA-based Icelandic jazz diva surrounded by an all-star band led by her lucky arranger/producer/guitarist Ólafur Gaukur: drummers Vinnie Colaiuta (the current drummer's drummer all over the world) & John "JR" Robinson (Quincy Jones' favorite drummer ever, with Micahel Jackson's "Thriller" on his impressive discography), bassists Dave Carpenter & Neil Stubenhaus, keyboardist Don Grusin and percussionist Luis Conte, whom I first met when he was playing on Madonna's "Blond Ambition" tour. In some tracks - "I Get A Kick Out of You", "C'est Si Bon" and "Fever" .

After repeated listenings, "Shadow..." evokes me memories of Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and specially Blossom Dearie. Anyway, despite all these mentioned references echoing on my mind, Anna Mjoll sounds like her own woman, capable to enchant and fascinate the listener with highly personal interpretations of top-class songs.

The rhythm section changes on Johnny Mandel's classic "The Shadow of Your Smile," but once again Anna's approach is unique and amazing, intertwined with Ólafur Gaukur's 12-string acoustic guitar a la Luiz Bonfa.

She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener, like happens throughout the album. Another highlight, "Fever," firstly made famous by Peggy Lee and later revived by Madonna, is a singing lesson in the sense of how to make each and every word sound with the proper impact and feeling. Don Grusin's piano floats in perfect empathy with Anna's milky vocals on Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love." Don't lose your time trying to compare her with Dionne Warwick or Diana Krall. Mjoll's once again sounds ultra-peculiar.

A latin-tinged arrangement of the French classic "C'est Si Bon" follows, featuring the horn section and Conte on percussion. Anna's sounds, to use French words, "coquette et sensuel." A beautiful original by Gaukur, "Saman Bú Og Ég" (the composer solos on the electric guitar while backing himself on the 12-string acoustic guitar), and two Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes complete the repertoire. The arangements includes a lovely guitar-wordless vocal solo section. Her phrasing would make Jobim proud.

A surprising mood also envolves "Água de Beber," sung in Portuguese. Both Jobim songs, also appear as bonus tracks on Icelandic versions written by the multi-talented Gaukur.

"Shadow of Your Smile" is by far one of the best vocal jazz releases of 2009. Gifted with an abysmal potential, no one can accuse Anna Mjoll's of musical compliance. This wondrous girl (all the great booklet pics were shot on location in Iceland by Ess) knows how to take chances.

 

Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Jazz Station (Dec 15, 2009)

(Mar 2, 2011)
Anna Mjöll: Christmas JaZZmaZ Christmas JaZZmaZ

Vicky's Jazz Event - Feb. 27, 2012

Diva Anna Mjoll Stuns Jazz Supper Club Series at Vicky’s of Santa Fe.

Marc Laliberte, Anna Mjoll, Marc Lodovico.

Marc Laliberte, Anna Mjoll, Marc Lodovico.

Sherri Breyer

It was a packed house and a thrilled audience at the American Jazz Institutes Benefit Jazz Supper Club Series February 27 at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells.  LA-based Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll evoked Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and especially Blossom Dearie, but fascinated with her highly personal interpretations. She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener. Mjoll seemed very comfortable on stage, comfortable in her own skin and very comfortable with her inimitable delivery of her material. She has a barely detectable accent, but it does make her sound just a little different from everyone else in an absolutely charming way.

Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells is the locale for the most exciting jazz series in the Desert presenting six Jazz Programs by The American Jazz Institute, proceeds of which benefit The American Jazz Institute’s in-school mentoring and music scholarship program in the Coachella Valley. All the shows start at 5:30PM in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a special 3-course dinner and show. Buy your tickets now for the three different and exciting shows still left: John Proulx, March 20; Delores Scozzesi, April 9; and Denise Donatelli, April 30.

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