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La Tanya Hall’s versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to travel the world and work with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Steely Dan, Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald, Quincy Jones, Rob Thomas, Michael Feinstein, Patti Labelle, Harry Belafonte, Steve Tyrell and Aretha Franklin. She has also appeared as a solo artist in her own right with the American Composers Orchestra, The Denver Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony and at jazz clubs around the world. Hall is also an active educator, teaching clinics in Basel, Switzerland for the Stimmen Festival, as well as teaching master classes on vocal performance and the Great American Songbook for various institutions in the US. For the last 10 years, she has been an adjunct professor at The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, as well creating the first vocal jazz degree program at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition, she is the chair of the vocal division for the National YoungArts Foundation.
La Tanya is an accomplished actress, having lent her skills to numerous voice-over projects, Broadway shows, movie and television appearances. TV shows include Blue Bloods (Sabine Winston), Law & Order, 100 Centre Street, The Sopranos and Now and Again. Broadway and theater appearances include Cotton Club Parade with jazz master Wynton Marsalis; the role of Deena in Dreamgirls; Promises, Promises for City Center Encore Series; and Sally in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.
Her new record, Say Yes (Blue Canoe Records), debuted in November of this year and is garnering rave reviews, including being named one of the top ten vocal albums for 2019! For more information go to www.latanyahall.com.
“A vibraphonist to watch out for…” according to the New York City Jazz
Record. Mexican born vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennan "has recently started to make her presence known on the New York avant-garde, working with such prominent bandleaders as Matt Mitchell and Michael Formanek.” observed The New York Times. Patricia has appeared on several recordings, including an ECM recording with Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus called “The Distance” and Matt Mitchell's featured recordings "A Pouting Grimace” and “Phalanx Ambassadors” under Pi Recordings. Also, Patricia recorded a new record with the Grammy nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble called "All Can Work" under New Amsterdam Records, which was released in January 2018 and nominated for a Grammy in 2019. Patricia released her debut single “Sonnet” on digital platforms Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music in 2020 and will be releasing the full album called “Maquishti” in January 2021 under the label Valley of Search. Patricia Brennan is a Valley of Search artist, a BlueHaus Mallets artist and currently teaches at The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and at the Jazz Studies program at NYU Steinhardt.