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Tish Oney Swings into Spring

March 31, 2015 @ 8:00 pm


Nationally acclaimed jazz singer Tish Oney will Swing Into Spring with Elisa Pruett on acoustic bass and Atlanta sensation Justin Varnes on drums. This concert will feature Oney’s original jazz songs and arrangements welcoming spring, and will include music by Michel LeGrand, Freddie Hubbard, Jerome Kern, Horace Silver, and Benny Goodman.

Meet Tish

tish-oneypgIMGDr. Tish Oney, Blujazz recording artist, arranger, pianist, composer and Artistic Director of several internationally-touring productions including ‘The Peggy Lee Project,’ ‘Tish Oney’s Big Band Excursion,’ ‘Tish Oney’s Swingin’ Christmas,’ (with her jazz quartet), ‘An Evening With Tish Oney,’ (her new jazz pops symphony show,) and ‘Tish Oney’s White Christmas,’ (her new holiday pops symphony show) completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Performance at The University of Southern California’s renowned Thornton School of Music. Oney is thrilled to be putting together two touring symphony pops programs with Grammy-winning arrangers Chris Walden and Bill Cunliffe and looks forward to presenting these programs at large venues with symphony orchestras throughout the country!

Oney’s third solo album,’Sweet Youth,’ attained international airplay (on jazz, traditional pop and adult standard radio worldwide), and critical-acclaim, being named among the Top 5 Vocal Jazz Albums of 2011 by AllMusic.com’s jazz writer Michael G. Nastos. ‘Sweet Youth’ features the legendary John Chiodini on electric and acoustic guitars performing Oney’s original music and duo arrangements of jazz standards. ‘The Peggy Lee Project,’ an internationally-acclaimed production and popular favorite for concert cabaret subscription series, features Dr. Oney’s contemporary jazz arrangements of original songs by Peggy Lee to the delight of both young and seasoned audiences. Tish’s collaboration with Chiodini (Peggy’s former music director) has produced this unparalleled concert tribute to an important twentieth-century American female songwriter. ‘Tish Oney’s Swingin’ Christmas,’ which debuted at the famous Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, features all-time favorite holiday music gift-wrapped in contemporary and classic jazz styles. ‘Tish Oney’s Big Band Excursion’ highlights Oney’s calling as a big band vocalist and features contemporary arrangements of classic and original jazz by award-winning arrangers Chris Walden, Joe Riposo and Jason Goldman. ‘An Evening With Tish Oney,’ Tish’s solo piano/vocal show, appropriately entertains smaller, intimate venues, and is a popular choice for university artist residency concerts. A highly successful “crossover” artist, Dr. Oney also tours as a lyric soprano soloist, performing oratorio and recitals.

Tish was featured as a big band/symphonic vocalist in the 2007 PBS-broadcast concert recorded at Galen Center in Los Angeles: “We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song,” along with Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Wynonna, Patti Austin, Take 6 and Monica Mancini, emceed by Quincy Jones and produced by Phil Ramone, who personally congratulated her after the concert saying: “The future of this music is in very good hands…”

Oney’s second CD, ‘Dear Peg,’ earned international recognition in WHLI Radio’s Top 50 Releases of 2009. This historically important album honors the songwriting achievements of vocal jazz icon Peggy Lee and features former members of Lee’s band including John Chiodini, guitar, Bill Watrous, trombone and Bob Leatherbarrow, vibes. The band also features L.A. jazz stars Kendall Kay on drums and Joel Hamilton on bass. Oney has performed and recorded with several noted jazz artists including Les Brown, Donald Byrd, John Chiodini, Bill Watrous, Bill Cunliffe, Noel Freidline, Bob Rozario, Bob Sachs, Ray Brinker, Mark Sherman, Ken Wild, Alan Steinberger, Joel Hamilton, Kendall Kay, Bob Leatherbarrow, Michael Royal, John Lockwood, Paul Beaudry, Joe Riposo, Steve Brown, Bill Harris, and George Reed, among others.

Tish maintains a very active touring and recording career. In 2009 Tish embarked on a national tour following the release of “Dear Peg,” and continues to appear worldwide as a touring performer and recording artist. Tish has headlined at Earshot Jazz Festival (Kirkland, WA), The Dennis Bono Show at Sam’s Town Casino (Las Vegas, NV), Syracuse Jazzfest (Syracuse, NY), Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, WI), Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, IL), The Glen Ridge Performing Arts Center (Sarasota, FL), Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (Thousand Oaks, CA) and the Hawai’i Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), among other regional theaters and large venues. She has performed at regional jazz hotspots from The Jazz Bakery and Charlie O’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles to The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina and Michael Feinstein’s elite Park Avenue cabaret, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York.

A mainstay in the Los Angeles and New York jazz scenes, Tish has been lauded in the 2008 book “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide” authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. She has also been honored to be named The 2011-12 Robert G. Boehmler Visiting Artist at Ithaca College School of Music. A recipient of The Diane Warren Award, Dr. Oney earned a second initiation into national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda for her musical excellence. Dr. Oney earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. She continues to actively record, compose, arrange, teach master classes and appear worldwide as a soloist in both jazz and classical circles. In addition to her very full touring and recording career, Tish serves as Director of Vocal Studies at University of South Carolina Upstate teaching Commercial Music. Her diverse artistic talents combine to form a consummate vocal artist with exceptional technique, improvisational skill, and expertise.


March 31, 2015
8:00 pm
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The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
331 Spring Street SW
Gainesville, GA 30501 United States
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