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Pure Imagination

by Ellen Winters

Congratulations to Ellen Winters, voted Milwaukee, Wisconsin's "Best Jazz Artist" in the 2004, 2005 & 2006 Shepherd Express "Best of Milwaukee" Reader's Choice Polls. "Pure Imagination" also garnered top honors as "Best Local CD" in 2004.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Equinox
3:55 album only
2. It Might As Well Be Spring
4:24 album only
3. (S)He's Got A Way
3:42 album only
4. They All Laughed
2:10 album only
5. My Funny Valentine
5:15 album only
6. This Nearly Was Mine
3:10 album only
7. Little Things
4:22 album only
8. Pure Imagination
3:31 album only
9. When I Look At You
2:54 album only
10. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
5:41 album only
11. Moonlight
5:22 album only


Album Notes
Ellen was awarded a prestigious honor by the Shepherd Express, a weekly arts & entertainment newspaper in Milwaukee, WI. In their "Best of Milwaukee 2006" reader's choice awards, Ellen walked away with "BEST JAZZ ARTIST" honors for the 3rd consecutive year. Along with top the Best Jazz Artist nod, her debut CD release "Pure Imagination" also garnered top honors at the "BEST LOCAL CD" in 2004. Ellen was also thrilled to receive her first (and second) WAMI nominations in 2005: "Best Traditional Jazz Artist" and in 2005 & 2006 "Female Vocalist of the Year." (**WAMI is the Wisconsin Area Music Industry)

Ellen's exuberance and vivacity make her one of the most sought after vocalists in the region and she soon hopes to extend that to East Coast cities, where she is beginning to get more gigs.

Featured performances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe; the Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival in Banff, Canada; and the Monterey Jazz Festival Sea Cruise in Los Angeles highlight Ellen's collegiate singing career with VoicesIowa - a top notch pro-sounding vocal group directed by vocal jazz guru, Phil Mattson.

As a jazz vocalist, her instrumental peers often describe Ellen as "the musician's vocalist." Not the typical "chick singer" Ellen composes, arranges, and collaborates with other local writers/musicians to stay at the top of her game. Ellen is a regular at local Milwaukee jazz clubs like Caroline's, Panache and The Grove Restaurant. Ellen can also be found singing with various top musicians at public and private functions.



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Jim Adashek - The Shepherd Express

"Best of Milwaukee 2004"--Shepherd Express
If you've heard jazz vocalist Ellen Winters sing, you know she brims with enthusiasm and charm. Winters is talented enough to have performed at the Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals while still in college. Regardless of the venue, you know Winters brings a fresh interpretation to jazz standards each time she sings. (Jim Adashek)

Caroline Rubitsky - Owner, Caroline's Jazz Club

From the very beginning, I was charmed by her high, clear tone and the vivacity
I've been listening to Ellen Winters sing for a year and a half at least, and from the very beginning, I was charmed by her high, clear tone, and the vivacity of her music. But nothing I've hear her sing prepared me for the music she does on her CD, Pure Imagination. Not the standard stuff and never, in anything, resembling the usual way. The tracks illustrate a wide range of not just emotion, but rather attitudes - perspectives on love and life, sung by someone who sounds as though she identifies with every nuance. All in all, a very romantic CD. Pure Imagination, Pure Ellen. I love, and I believe you will too!

Chip McNeill - tenor saxophonist & former music director for Art

She makes the scat singing sound relaxed and horn-like.
Like the groove and the sexy silkiness Ellen evokes with her phrasing; her emotion and expression comes through and she is a great scat singer too! She makes the scat singing sound relaxed and horn-like!

Phil Schroeder - Producer/Owner Green Street Music, San Francis

This is definitely one for the collection!
Ellen Winters is a rare find. Charming and intelligent in her delivery, she brings fresh energy to jazz singing at a time when there is very little originality left. Her voice is reminiscent of Janis Siegel (of the Manhattan Transfer) in the 1980's, full of spark and witticisms, but in Ellen's case, a bit more refined and daring. Spurred on by her capable band, she offers new life to some lovely classics, as well as to some more recent songs. This is definitely one for the collection!


Jazz vocalist Ellen Winters has impressed audiences for several years, either sh
(Winters) could be rubbing some funk on "My Funny Valentine" or adding some zip to an Alan and Marilyn Bergman tune, but Winters handles the 11 standards, including one she penned herself, on the album with maturity and proficiency.

The Shepherd Express

Pure Imagination boasts many moments of vocal intrigue as Winters glides through
Ellen Winters
Pure Imagination (251 Records)

Ellen Winters has sung and played jazz piano around the Midwest for several years. The Milwaukeean's debut CD even includes a distinctly hometown touch--one track was recorded at Homestead High School. Pure Imagination boasts many moments of vocal intrigue as Winters glides through a set of standards ("My Funny Valentine") and surprises (John Coltrane's "Equinox").

--Morton Shlabotnik