08 Jul 2012 More Mjöll please… Anna Mjöll goes on the VocalStandards Watch List… It’s cool how the connections in this business work… a new VS Watch List addition himself, Luca Ellis sent me an invite to an upcoming Anna Mjöll gig at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato (July 14) in LA. I can’t jet out next week to make the show but thanks to Luca’s invite I tripped across a very interesting performer that definitely deserves watching. Daughter of an Icelandic guitar player, composer, arranger and classically trained as musician herself, Anna has been “fronting” for Julio Iglesias’ tour and jazz singing her way around the world (mostly Europe) since the late 90′s. Mjöll has rendered a relatively small amount of recorded material (more please Anna!)… but that said, what Anna HAS published is damned impressive. A “mini” review… …is about all that’s possible right now. Ms. Mjöll released an LP in 2009 — Shadow Of Your Smile– that includes seven core © Anna Mjöll standards numbers and four Icelandic vocal jazz numbers. The Tónaljón Records release is very well produced and has Anna backed by a superb array of top notch jazz musicians. AM’s style is quite distinctive. A slightly smoke tinged sultry jazz base with a forward breathiness element … at times Anna evokes Blossom Dearie, at other times Madeleine Peyroux, even Astrud Gilberto a bit … but in the end AM stands on her own with her distinctive smokey, jazz club tenor. Sometimes I have trouble… …listening to a lot of material from “breathy” singers — getting worn out by the constant exhalation. Anna definitely has a breathy intonation style … with only seven songs to listen to, it’s hard to assess the wear-and-tear aspect, but my initial listening experience just seems to illicit a desire to hear more rather than any sense of weariness. Somewhat notorious for skipping my Icelandic language lessons I have limited appreciation for the last four tracks on the list (after listening to them for ambient appreciation I realized that three of the four are Icelandic versions of other tracks on the LP) but I do have some favorites off AM’s debut LP. I really like the bossa nova numbers “How Insensitive” and “Agua De Beber” — perfect song selections for Anna’s vocal style — as well the haunting and beautiful jazz trio rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look of Love” … the best number on the record in my opinion. Which is saying something because the title track (“Shadow of Your Smile”) is sweet and sultry goodness as well. Rounding out the mix are standup versions of “Fever”, “C’est Si Bon” and a fun jazztastic version of “I Get a Kick Out of You”. Anna did release a jazz holiday album  in 2010 (Christmas Jazzmaz) with ten English language jazzy holiday numbers. I skim-listened to it a bit, but with the temp hovering around 100 here in Austin, I just can’t bring myself to dig into it in the middle of summer. Jazzmaz is definitely queued up for this holiday season though. Until the weather turns cool, we’ll have to make do with Ms. Mjöll’s very fine The Shadow of Your Smile LP. Good stuff but we need more, please Anna. Shadow of Your Smile – Anna Mjöll (VS_Guy ratings: ”+++” pluses are good; “~” for meh to middling;  ”- – -” minuses are not good) 1. I Get A Kick Out of You 3:22 + Nice and jazzy . 2. How Insensitive 3:41 +++ Perfect song for AM’s vocal style 3. Agua De Beber 3:49 +++ More Jobim-styled goodness 4. The Shadow of Your Smile 3:19 +++ Beautiful guitar … beautiful vocals 5. Fever 3:07 + 6. The Look of Love 4:41 +++ Mjöll’s vocal style also lends itself to Mr. Bacharach 7. C’est Si Bon 3:03 ++ Straight play but very well done 8. Saman Þú og Ég 4:01 9. Vatn að Drekka 3:49 (“Agua De Beber” Icelandic style!) 10. Minningin um Þig 3:19 (“The Shadow of Your Smile”) 11. Tilfinningalaus 3:39 (“How Insensitive”)” - Steve Cox

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Iceland's Miss Anna Mjöll at Herb Alpert's Vibrato 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.comBy Westside Today StaffEvent date: April 03, 2012 Anna Mjoll in concert at Vibrato in Bel Air 2-24-2012 Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle in Bel Air, on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8:00pm.Mjoll has been voted one of the top five Jazz singers in the current Jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station.ANNA MJOLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIO features ANNA MJOLL, vocals; PAT SENATORE on bass; ED CZACH on pianoand BOB LEATHERBARROW on drums.Reservations,310.474.9400 are a must.” - By Westside Today Staff

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Home > Los Angeles events > ANNA MJOLL at HERB ALPERT'S VIBRATO April 3rd, 2012 ANNA MJOLL at HERB ALPERT'S VIBRATO April 3rd, 2012 Apr 3, 2012  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Tuesday   Add photos Manage All Images   Vibrato Grill Jazz 2930 Beverly Glen Circle Los Angeles, CA 90077 Map Details Cost: Payment required - Cover: $20 Iceland s Miss Anna Mjöll, voted one of the top 5 Jazz singers in the current Jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro s Jazz Station, plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert ;s Vibrato in Bel-Air Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8PM." _____________________________________________________ "Anna Mjöll By LA Weekly's Tom Meek Iceland s Anna Mjöll grew up in one of her country s leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest.... (read more) ” - Concerts in Los Angeles Area

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Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato with The Pat Senatore Trio and special guest Lew Soloff, Feb. 24   Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll -- one of the top singers in the current jazz scene -- plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 9PM. As usual, with the always impeccable Pat Senatore Trio, but this time presenting another dear friend of mine, trumpet master Lew Soloff, as her very special guest.Anna Mjoll and The Pat Senatore TrioSpecial guest: Lew SoloffAnna Mjöll / vocalsPat Senatore / bassEd C / pianoBob Leatherbarrow / drumsLew Soloff / trumpetHerb Alpert'S VIBRATO2930 Beverly Glen CircleBel Air, CA 90077310.474.9400February 24th 2012 - 9 PM.NO COVER but reservations are a must.Call 310.474.9400 for res.“The sweetest voice in the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times“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.comLew Soloff, a true virtuoso musician, is likely best known in the USA for his work with Blood, Sweat & Tears and as a first-call session player. But, in Japan, the man is almost a pop star, due to countless tours promoting dozens of albums (and videos) he recorded as the main soloist of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet as well as with another ensemble led by arranger David Matthews, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. Not to mention his own CDs as a leader.Soloff has also worked for two decades with The Gil Evans Orchestra. He has played with everyone who's everyone from George Benson to Barbra Streisand, from Tony Scott to Tito Puente, from Bob James to Marianne Faithful. And I had the honor to record with him for the first time back in 1987, in New York, during the sessions for Yana Purim's "Harvest Time" album with Herbie Hancock. Lew makes frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world, such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. Now I can't wait the see him in action with the gorgeous and multi-talented Anna Mjoll.(Lew Soloff & Anna Mjöll) Posted by Arnaldo DeSouteiro at 8:03 AM ” - Arnaldo DeSouteiro

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  American Jazz Institute’s Jazz Supper Club Series with Anna Mjoll at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells Monday, February 27, 2012, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells is the locale for the most exciting jazz series in the Desert presenting 6 Jazz Programs by The AmericanJazz Institute, proceeds of which benefit The American Jazz Institute’s inschool mentoring and music scholarship program in the Coachella Valley. These unique Supper Concerts headline international jazz personalities exclusively at Vicky’s, some of whom have never before appeared in the CoachellaValley. This season features celebrity performers, both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as tributes to famous songwriters and the musicians who record and perform their songs, all in an intimate and elegant setting.n Third in the Series, Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll evokes Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and especially Blossom Dearie, but fascinates with her highly personal interpretations. She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener. Mjoll seems very comfortable on stage, comfortable in her own skin and very comfortable with her inimitable delivery of her material. She hasa barely detectable accent, but it does make her sound just a little different from everyone else, in a charming way. It all starts at 5:30PM in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a specially planned 3-Course dinner and show. Cost includes all tax, tip, dinner and entertainment. To view dinner menu visit www.vickysofsantafe.com Pre-Paid reservations only. 760-345-9770. ” - KESQ.com

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Performance/Tour News http://j.mp/A4KCUc   Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato Jan 29 2012 - Almost Sold Out ! 2 Published: 2012-01-23 Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 8pm“The sweetest voice on the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles TimesAnna Mjoll By LA Weekly's Tom MeekIceland's Anna Mjoll grew up in one of her country's leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest. She then joined the band of Julio Iglesias, touring worldwide before setting out on her own career as a jazz singer and songwriter. Mjoll has quietly built a following around L.A. over the past two years, becoming one of the only vocalists to be a regular at the classy Vibrato supper club. Mjoll's striking beauty and often-breathtaking dresses combine with singing talent that's recently drawn praise from jazz luminaries including George Duke, Don Heckman and Dave Weckl. Add Mjoll's penchant for offbeat humor and a running dialogue with the audience, and you might find yourself wondering how long it'll be before she's headlining somewhere in Las Vegas—Sir Tom Jones is already a frequent guest at her shows in town.ANNA MJOLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIOANNA MJOLL / vocals PAT SENATORE / bass ED CZACH / piano BOB LEATHERBARROW / drums]HERB ALPERT'S VIBRATO 2930 Beverly Glen Circle Bel Air, CA 90077 310.474.9400January 29th 2012 8:00pm“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.comNO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.” - AllAboutJazz.com

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The American Jazz Institute's Jazz Supper Club Series with Anna Mjoll at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells Event Date/Time Feb 27, 2012 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm Description   Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells is the locale for the most exciting jazz series in the Desert presenting 6 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. These unique Supper Concerts headline international jazz personalities exclusively at Vicky’s, some of whom have never before appeared in the Coachella Valley. This season features celebrity performers, both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as tributes to famous songwriters and the musicians who record and perform their songs, all in an intimate and elegant setting. Third in the Series, Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll evokes Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and especially Blossom Dearie, but fascinates with her highly personal interpretations. She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener. Mjoll seems 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 a charming way. It all starts at 5:30PM in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a specially planned 3-Course dinner and show. Cost includes all tax, tip, dinner and entertainment. To view dinner menu visit www.vickysofsantafe.com Pre-Paid reservations only. 760-345-9770. Cost $75 per person Location Vicky's of Santa FeHighway 111 & Club Drive Indian Wells, CA View map » Additional Info Sponsor Pete Carlson Golf & Tennis, Desert Lexus, TravelHost, Palm Springs Life Phone 760-345-9770 Contact name Marc Lodovico Contact email marcjlodovico@aim.com Website http://www.vickysofsantafe.com We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information. ” - Vicky's of Santa Fe

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Monday, December 19, 2011 Anna Mjöll's "Christmas Jazzmaz" @ Vibrato Christmas Jazzmaz with Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato! The LA-based Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjöll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 8PM.Mjöll has been voted one of the top 5 Jazz singers in the current jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station.ANNA MJÖLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIOANNA MJÖLL / vocalsPAT SENATORE / bassED CZACH / pianoBOB LEATHERBARROW / drumsVibrato2930 Beverly Glen CircleBel Air, CA 90077NO COVER but reservations are a must.Call 310.474.9400 for res.“The sweetest voice in the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times“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.comAnna Mjöll: "Christmas Jazzmaz" (Tónaljón) 2010Music performance: *****Sound quality: *****Featuring: Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Ólafur Gaukur (acoustic & electric guitars), Dave Carpenter (bass), Don Grusin (piano & keyboards), Luis Conte (percussion) and Charlie Bisharat (violin).In a few words? OK. The most charming and enchanting songstress in the current jazz scene has released the best "Christmas album" of this century.Really? Yes, absolutely!!! Throughout the years, dozens of jazz artists have issued Christmas projects. Most recently, back in 2005, Diana Krall released the excellent "Christmas Songs" CD, with a big budget production directed by Tommy LiPuma and the impeccable backing of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. No surprises to be found, though. The typical Christmas tunes with nice vocals and predictable arrangements.Five years later we get Anna Mjöll's "Christmas Jazzmaz." What a difference! Surprises abound on each track. Backed by a small group, with smart scores by producer Ólafur Gaukur (who happens to be Anna's father, and is a guitarist whose touch and phrasing on the acoustic instrument reminds me of Luiz Bonfa's approach on the 12-string guitar), the LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess delivers fresh and creative performances of such songs as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas."Even the opener "Jingle Bells" sounds intriguing and -- I know it will be hard to believe -- "new". Actually, I had to hold my breath during the first five songs, since "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let is snow" is a pure delight and I can't find words to express my feelings for her "Santa Baby." Do yourself a favor and listen. Never a vocal Christmas jazz albums sounded so charming and ...seductive! Anna's phrasing and the highly personal tone of her silky "innocent" voice (the missing link between Bjork and Blossom Dearie) are pure delight. And again: so far, the best Christmas CD of this century. Happy Holidays!To order a CD copy or a digital download:http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annamjoll2” - Arnaldo DeSouteiro

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Thursday 12/22 - Anna Mjöll at Vibrato Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll Mjöll offers an evening of holiday music and jazz at Vibrato in Bel Air, backed by Ed Czach on piano, Pat Senatore on bass, and Bob Leatherbarrow on drums.” - Tom Meek

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  Anna Mjoll By Tom Meek Iceland's Anna Mjöll grew up in one of her country's leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest. She then joined the band of Julio Iglesias, touring worldwide before setting out on her own career as a jazz singer and songwriter. Mjöll has quietly built a following around L.A. over the past two years, becoming one of the only vocalists to be a regular at the classy Vibrato supper club. Mjöll's striking beauty and often-breathtaking dresses combine with singing talent that's recently drawn praise from jazz luminaries including George Duke, Don Heckman and Dave Weckl. Add Mjöll's penchant for offbeat humor and a running dialogue with the audience, and you might find yourself wondering how long it'll be before she's headlining somewhere in Las Vegas — Sir Tom Jones is already a frequent guest at her shows in town. ” - Tom Meek

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LA's most charming jazz: Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato Los Angeles' most charming jazz singer in California's most charming jazz club. The most charming combination you could find in the West Coast! And more than you could ask for. Enjoy jazz, enjoy life!Sunday, Oct 21, 9pmAnna Mjöll @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato2930 Beverly Glen CircleBel Air, CA 90077-1724The LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess, Anna Mjoll will be bringing her sultry jazz pipes once again to Herb Alpert's Vibrato. Anna will be backed by the acclaimed Pat Senatore Trio featuring Pat Senatore (bass), Ed Czach (piano) & Bob Leatherbarrow (drums).With Anna’s repertoire of great classic jazz standards and her hilarious off-beat banter, this is the best way to complete the week.“...the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period.” -Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz StationCome hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Jazz Night with ANNA MJÖLL @ Herb Alpert's VIBRATO! 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.NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/calendar/index.php?event=Anna_Mjoll&calview=event&event_id=2578&prevview=month&year=2011&month=09&day=25&type_id&clickdate=2011-09-25Pics (by Barbra Porter) from Anna's previous gigs @ Vibrato: Posted by Arnaldo DeSouteiro at 9:06 AM ” - Arnaldo DeSouteiro

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