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Rebecca Hardiman

Rebecca started her career in 1987 with the Boston-based vocal jazz group The Ritz and performed throughout the United States, and at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada. While with The Ritz, she recorded a CD for Denon Columbia entitled The Ritz. That recording has recently been re-released as part of the "Giants in Vocal Jazz" available at:

In 1992, she started the Portland based vocal jazz group "Euphoria" which performed for 10 years in the Pacific Northwest - and was the opening group for Mel Torme' when he appeared at The Eugene Hult Center in 1993.

Now on her own as a solo artist, she has gained much respect and accolades from notable Portland jazz artists. She performs regularly with top musicians including Ron Steen, Dave Captein, Dan Presley, Brant Allard, Kurt Deutscher and Ray Hardiman.

Rebecca recorded a CD of original gospel Big-Band songs in 2009, and more recently - a CD of favorite jazz standards in 2013 - and her latest release "Easy Living"

Rebecca has helped develop jazz venues in the south Portland metro area including Langdon Farms, and Aurora Colony Vineyards. She and her husband Ray are directors of the Aurora Colony Jazz Festival - an annual Jazz festival that features top local jazz musicians, in the beautiful setting of Aurora Colony Vineyards Winery. In addition to performing at Wilf's Restaurant, Restaurant Five-O-Three, The Bijou Cafe' and other Portland venues, she is part of the house band in Langdon's Grill at the Langdon Farms Golf Club - a thriving Friday night jazz spot, and at Aurora Colony Vineyards Tasting Room.

“I first heard Rebecca Hardiman in September 2014. She was accompanied by pianist, Tommy James, Musical Director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Struck immediately by her sound, energy and delivery, I promptly committed to informing others. Lovers of Jazz vocalists in particular will no doubt recognize her clarity, tone and sense of style which is matched by her respect for the lyrics and dignified delivery. Scatting with the ease and swiftness reminiscent of Ella, Anita and Mel Torme is enough to make you join the growing number of instant fans who already recognize that she is a welcome asset to the world of Jazz.”

Marcia K. Hocker

PDX Jazz Festival Board Member
Education Coordinator for the Incredible Journey of Jazz
KMHD Jazz Radio Host Veteran