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Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Shockey, Andre Enceneat
Frank Russo (drums), Max Murray (bass), Alan Blackman (piano)
The Press has declared Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet (UVJQ): ”as versatile and entertaining as any vocal group you will hear”… “electrifying”…“pure fun”…“sensational” … “exceptional”…“old school moving to new cool.” Reviewers, broadcasters, and listeners worldwide have praised them as a standout for their creative originality and superb musicality. Reminiscent of the Manhattan Transfer with their tight harmonies and vocal sass, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has put their distinctive signature on the group vocal style that mixes great fun with great art and built a loyal audience across five continents. They have been highly celebrated for their dazzling vocal arrangements and award-winning original songs that put an exciting new spin on the Great American jazz book. Legendary jazz saxophonist Richie Cole, whose solo sax has been featured on The Manhattan Transfer’s Grammy-winning albums, declared UVJQ “My new discovery, the whole package.” Cole invited UVJQ’s chief arranger/songwriter Ginny Carr to co-write an album for the group to record with him, and the result, “Vocal Madness,” has put UVJQ in the world spotlight and garnered praise as one of Richie Cole’s finest recordings. UVJQ’s critically acclaimed CDs have made the Billboard Top 25 Jazz Albums Chart and been featured on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Jazz Channel and been on the JazzWeek Top 50 Radio Chart for multiple weeks. The group has been interviewed twice on NPR, performed on the headliner stages of major international jazz festivals in the US and abroad, sung as guest artists with France’s Cote Ouest Big Band, the US Army Blues jazz ensemble, multiple symphony orchestras, and more. They have opened concerts for such jazz legends as the Four Freshmen, Ahmad Jamal, and Charlie Byrd, and they appear as a featured artist on “Behind The Mic,” an internationally popular site featuring video interviews with the world’s most renowned innovators of vocal jazz. Ms. Carr was selected as a finalist for the first annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Competition in 2015 and her original songs, written for and performed by UVJQ, have been featured on Maryland Public Television. The “Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet Series” is a spotlighted entry in the esteemed “Sound Music Publications” catalog, and the group’s creative compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by vocal jazz ensembles worldwide.