Yvonne Monnett | Thanks For The Memory

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Thanks For The Memory

by Yvonne Monnett

jazz vocal /piano quartet of easy swing, lush ballads and bossa novas from the American Songbook.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On A Slow Boat To China
4:22 $0.99
2. Only Yesterday
3:55 $0.99
3. Thanks For The Memory
5:47 $0.99
4. What A Difference A Day Makes
4:33 $0.99
5. Girl Talk
4:21 $0.99
6. S'Wonderful
4:09 $0.99
7. Everything Happens To Me
6:55 $0.99
8. Makin Whoopee
4:14 $0.99
9. Baby It's Cold Outside
3:49 $0.99
10. Only Trust Your Heart
4:19 $0.99
11. Peel Me A Grape
4:35 $0.99
12. Let's Fall In Love
5:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
What do Stan Getz and Blossom Dearie have in common? Both offer their listeners an intimate, soothing, romantic and, at times relaxing kind of music. Swinging, simmering. The intersection of those commonalities is right where you’ll find the delightful Yvonne Monnett.

One listen to her debut CD, Thanks for the Memory, confirms those seductive traits. Repeat listenings, as you no doubt will want to do, also reveal this singer/pianist’s sound to be warm, charming, intimate and honest. She’s a knowing veteran of many years on the jazz scene who has lived the songs she loves. In other words, it’s REAL.

This is music to unwind by, with which to charm a visitor, or to play in the background as you and your lover dance – vertically or horizontally.

The comparison to Ms. Dearie is inevitable, for she was one of Yvonne’s earliest and strongest influences, and from who she absorbed the art of performing intimate music in a way that grabs the listeners and brings them right into the song with her. Yvonne plays with grace, elegance – and a down-to-earth tease if the song requires it.

That carefully crafted simplicity – of time, of phrasing, of accents and nuance – helps tell her stories with feeling. For Yvonne first and foremost considers herself a teller of great stories, just as Blossom Dearie, Carmen McRae and Charles Aznavour have done on their recordings. Her bright and at times spare self-accompaniment on piano was influenced by three other heroes – Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan and Ahmad Jamal.

Yvonne is a native New Englander who has been immersed in music literally since birth. She began her piano studies at age 5. She has worked music venues of all varieties since the 1970s and has become a much-sought accompanist for local and visiting jazz greats and also teaches jazz voice in the Applied Music Program at Brown University. Yvonne played for Bill and Hillary Clinton when they visited Rhode Island in 2002. Later that year, she accompanied young singer Billy Gilman in a live performance on NBC’s “Today” show in New York.

The standards performed on Thanks for the Memory include the title track, a delightfully teasing versions of “Girl Talk,” “Makin’ Whoopee” and Dave Frishberg’s witty “Peel Me a Grape,” and a duet with Bob Mainelli on the classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” long associated with the late Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

Her top-notch collaborators on this CD gem include some of New England’s best and busiest jazz musicians – her versatile mentor Diamond Centofanti on sax, clarinet and flute; bassists Peter Kontrimas and Marty Ballou; and drummer Gary Johnson.

What the critics are saying:

- “Her voice is soft, but can’t be ignored; there are no diva-style theatrics, but the smolder on ‘Slow Boat to China,’ the simple joy on ‘What a Difference a Day Makes’ and the cheek on ‘Peel Me a Grape’ show a range that plenty of more dramatic singers can’t match.” – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

- “Yvonne Monnett sings with a sparkling intimacy, buoyed by a swinging confidence and her own artful accompaniment on piano.” – Ken Franckling, jazz columnist, United Press International



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Anthony Naturale

about yvonne
Although I have never met Yvonne I feel like I know her.Her cd,Thanks for The Memories" certainly brougth me back in a very enjoyable time. Thanks Yvonne , for the memories.

Grange Lady Haig Rutan author of DEATH OF A BEBOP WIFE

Be Careful, It\'s Your Heart, and Yvonne Monnett Will Take It Away!
When I listen to What A Difference A Day Makes, I am transported into a time warp; I feel my spirit lifted On That Slow Boat To China because of her tasteful, relaxed voice mixed with pure, yet hip,(sounds like Blossom Dearie) innocence, yet, I believe In Love, sensitive articulaltion...and the way she transports me into those thoughts ... tucked away within the unspoken messages of every listener's heart, and takes me to an island of relaxed intensity with smooth, hip wanderings into the minor keys....YES! Yvonne is the true spirit of jazz as she reconnects me to that idealistic, and often neglected, spirit of jazz, as she stands strong as an inspiring epitome for the seemingly lost art of pure interaction and yet spontaneous improvisation

Jeanne Evans

Listening to Yvonne play and sing is fast becoming a favorite past-time! She sings will complete "Joy" ,offering precise skill and daring as she bounces along the keyboard! Each song is a beautifully "Wrapped Gift" to her eager listener!
Thanks For The Memory Yvonne.

Joan Winter

Open up the gates - Yvonne evokes more than memories
Each song evokes a different memory of my home. Peel Me a Grape transports me to a time where my parents danced closely in the middle of the kitchen. And Thanks for the Memory spins in my head with visions of Bob Hope and his onterage of musical friends on the living room TV... Dean Martin, Frank, Perry Como and more.
You're going to want to make new memories to this CD!