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Introducing Avis! Live Jazz Festivals Around the World

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is a compilation of her renderings of classic jazz songs that she has performed at jazz festivals and nightclubs around the world. This album has an intimate feeling that will make you feel like you’re at a concert experiencing Avis Harrell singing live!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Way You Look Tonight
4:07 $0.99
2. The Song Is You
2:14 $0.99
3. Fly Me to the Moon
3:53 $0.99
4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
2:44 $0.99
5. At Last
3:20 $0.99
6. Deedles Blues
3:22 $0.99
7. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
3:35 $0.99
8. All the Way
4:56 $0.99
9. Trav'lin Blues
6:27 $0.99
10. God Bless the Child
3:34 $0.99
11. I Just Found Out About Love
3:24 $0.99
12. No Time to Blame
5:44 $0.99
13. Everyday I Have the Blues
2:56 $0.99
14. Thou Swell
2:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Live Jazz Festivals Around The World
With The Jimmy McConnell Orchestra

Who is Avis Harrell?

If you have never been aquainted with Avis Harrell, she performed with Wayne Newton as a back up vocalist for 2 and a half years. She was featured as lead singer in many duets with Mr. Newton. He featured her on solo performances that showcased her individual style and vocal ability. Avis Harrell also did a stint as one of the former backup singers with the world-renowned genius himself, “Ray Charles”. Another feather in her cap is that she was once crowned Miss Black America Washington D.C.! Avis writes and produces her own albums. Her first album was so aptly titled, “Self Contained” as she wrote, played all the instruments, arranged and produced the album in its entirety. She then followed with a single, “A Tribute Dedicated to Our Troops” along with the single “A Song for Haiti” called “No Time To Blame” that is a beautiful heartfelt plea to the world to stand up and lend a hand to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Since the Haiti quake, she feels this song should be dedicated to all that are in dire need of support in the wake of disaster.

Her latest release in 2011 is an album of R&B, Pop dance songs and love ballads entitled Avis! “Simply Amazing”. Avis is currently performing with the Jimmy McConnell Orchestra in and around Los Angeles. Simply put….she is the Queen of Versatility.

The Voice:

Avis Harrell's voice has a quality like no other. It's strong, confident and beautiful. She has immeasurable range and knows how and when to use it to give each song the peaks and valleys it needs to express the melody behind each story. And though the album is titled “Introducing Avis”, she’s far from being a newbie”. She has honed her craft throughout the years and this is yet another genre of music that is done to perfection by “The Queen of Versatility”. The title plays on the word “introducing' as she has been introduced by many luminaries in show business throughout her journey. Settle in and listen to the jazzy side of Miss Avis Harrell.

Introductions – The Voices:

The voices you will hear introducing Avis on this Cd are that of Dr. Jimmy McConnell, KiKi Shepherd of Late Night at The Apollo (intro written by Cary Parish); Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton, and The Genius Ray Charles introducing The Raelettes; Then there is Chicago DJ Louie Jones, Hank Robinson of Robinson’s Entertainment, Eric Marret from The Paradise Club in Tahiti, News Anchor Woman Pat Harvey of KCAL 9 News, along with an Introduction from The Ivory Coast in Africa as she performed for The First Lady Theresa; 5 Man Big Band leader Nick Manson, with closing remarks by Dr. McConnell.

Song Selection:
1.) The Way You Look Tonight
2.) The Song Is You
3.) Fly Me To The Moon
4.) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
5.) At Last
6.) Deedles Blues
7.) Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered
8.) All The Way
9.) Travlin’ Blues
10.) God Bless The Child
11.) I Just Found Out About Love
12.) No Time To Blame
13.) Everyday I have The Blues
14.) Thou Swell

The Musicians:
Avis Harrell – Vocalist/Strings/Percussion/Drum Machine
Dr. Jimmy McConnell - Conductor:
Nina Bek - Piano/Strings/Organ/programmed guitar parts
Roman Samokich - Bass
Bob Fowler - Drums
Reggie Waddell - Baritone Saxophone
John Stanger - Tenor Saxophone
Bill “Wild Bill” James - Alto Saxophone
Carvel Holloway – Trumpet
Demetrius Carter – Trumpet
Brooks West - Trombone
Joe Fields – Trombone

Engineers: Lester Hernanzez – Roberto – Ricky Stone - Mike Well
Liner Notes: Ayana Harrell
Video: Jimmy Castor Jr.
Produced By: Avis Harrell - Executive Producer: Avis Harrell
Copywrite 2012 – Warning: Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws



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Michelle Stevens

Review by MS Entertainment

Ladies and Gentlemen – The “Queen of Versatility” Avis Harrell is back with a new hit Album, entitled “Introducing Avis!” Live Jazz Festivals Around The World (With The Jimmy McConnell Orchestra) for your listening enjoyment. I was able to get a copy before it hit the shelves, so I’m here to give you the scoop on this new project from Ms. Avis Harrell.

As many of you know, Album Reviews are one of my favorite things to add to my blog, because I get a chance to bring some really great music to the forefront and expose the world to Artists that are rising stars. This review will especially be a treat, because Avis Harrell is not only a rising Popular solo R&B star, but she is also an internationally known artist with many credits to her name. In addition to her huge body of work behind her and her many personal and professional achievements – Avis continues to dedicate herself to her first love, “Music.” As an artist she is in a class all by herself. Ladies and Gentlemen, Here’s Avis.


“Introducing Avis – Live Jazz Festivals Around the World” the new much talked about Jazz musical production of International known Recording Artist Avis Harrell will hit stores soon. This CD is a collection of some of her favorite jazz standards. Avis tells me that she came up with the idea of doing such an important piece of work after viewing some of her favorite video performances on tape and thought it would a be great idea to use some of the introductions of some famous friends of hers who brought her to the stage as part of the upcoming music project, hence the title “Introducing Avis.” When you hear this new CD you will be delighted with a stellar experience. Let me say that I loved listening to the songs. I found myself singing along instantly.

CD performances include recordings from numerous LIVE shows by Avis performing along side The Jimmy McConnell Orchestra throughout her career. The song selection was carefully chosen to showcase her unique style and versatility. I love Jazz music and have quickly added this to my top list of “what to listen to” when I’m driving. It puts me at ease for sure.

“The Way You Look Tonight” is the first song on the record and it had me singing along right from the beginning. You can actually hear the crowd go wild! Dubbed a “Powerhouse” performer, Avis exudes grace and beauty, style and personality with this selection of well recorded performances. Performing live is always a challenge especially with a big orchestra, but Avis seems to do it effortlessly. Be forewarned there are no hip-hop songs on this disc. So if that’s what you want, you may want to search the Internet. This CD is full of soon to be classic musical performances by Avis Harrell.

The infectious “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” will surely get you to tapping your feet. She sounds really great on this track, just a like a true Jazz legend. You can’t deny the performance. If that wasn’t enough, Avis brings on the real showmanship with covers of some famous tunes from American music, including Etta James’s “At Last”, Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child”, Sammy Cahn’s song “All The Way” – you can definitely see that Avis has long lasting talent. These songs are known all over the world and when she performs them she brings them to life and the audience to their feet. “Bewitched Bother & Bewildered” is a listening favorite – its shows her sultry side and is one of those songs that should be played when you want to have a late night dinner with the special someone for sure. Her delivery on this tune is uncanny. It’s the icing on the cake for lovers in the mood. Probably my favorite is to Track #9 (“Travlin’ Blues”), Ray Charles…he introduces Avis and the Raelettes. No doubt they received a standing ovation but you need to hear it for yourself. A True Classic!! If you have the blues don’t worry you won’t after you listen to the her inspirational and uplifting performance. Ray Charles simply loved Avis, and so do we! She is a true music Queen!!

The Orchestra is conducted by the legendary Jimmy McConnell who is a veteran in the classic Jazz world. Avis has been working and performing with him for many years now and their chemistry on this Live CD is remarkable. The accompaniment is like cream, so smooth to listen to. Other voices who appear on the CD include introductions by Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Kiki Shepherd (Late Night at The Apollo) intro written by Carey Parish, Chicago DJ Louie Jones, Hank Robinson, Eric Marret, Pat Harvey (K-CAL 9 News) and others. My favorite introduction is the one by Pat Harvey (K-CAL 9 News), she is such a professional. Overall, this is the new Jazz CD to get for 2012. I’m highly recommending it to all Jazz lovers. I know you will love the CD, so I provided her full chronology so you could get the others as well.

With many accomplishments already under her belt, Avis continues to inspire others; Avis’s advice to other artists is to “keep your dream alive and never give up.” Avis is a veteran performer of the arts. She has been performing all her life. You also may remember that she not only sang with legendary Music Icons (Wayne Newton and Ray Charles) but Avis started her career as part of the sensational R&B trio “The Fawns” from Washington, DC whose music was released by RCA Records. Fans continue to support her not only for her great choice of music but for her dedication to the arts as a performer and artist. I bet you didn’t know this about Avis, get this – she can really cook ya’ll and loves to eat!! That’s right up my alley…When she has time, I’m gonna commission her to make me one of her famous meals.

I spoke with Avis recently before her upcoming promotional tour and she reiterated to me that she is very happy with the CD and that there is a song for everyone. Avis hopes to schedule shows in the South Pacific as well as eventually Las Vegas. In case you can’t make any of those performances, you can catch Avis perform locally here in California, where she will be appearing Live with The Jimmy McConnell Orchestra at The Paladino Club for several dates.

Avis the former Beauty Queen, is currently filming a new video for this CD project and will be performing all around the world to promote it – so stay on the look out for her new music CD along with all her other projects online at CDBABY.COM. Introducing Avis! “Live Jazz Festivals Around the World” the new CD hits stores April 2012!! Get your copy today at her CDBABY page, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/avis5. This is a must for any Jazz enthusiast and a project that all music lovers will fall in love with, because she is “Simply Amazing.”

1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. The Song is You
3. Fly Me To The Moon
4. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
5. At Last
6. Deedless Blues
7. Bewitched Bother & Bewildered
8. All The Way
9. Travlin’ Blues
10. God Bless The Child
11. Just Found Out About Love
12. No Time to Blame
13. Everybody I have The Blues
14. Thou Swell

Purchase Other CDs Projects by Avis Harrell:
Self Contained (2006)
A Tribute Dedicated to Our Troops (2008)
No Time to Blame – A Song For Haiti Earthquake Victims (2010)
Simply Amazing (2011)

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THANK YOU! First my thanks to God. I can never accomplish any of these things or live my dreams without your love. Thanks to family, friends and musicians for your patience and talent. I love you!
~Avis Harrell


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