Mapleshade

Vocal Jazz

John Previti


John Previti Quartet - Swinging Lullabyes For My Rosetta
Quietly cooking melodic jazz and swing favs led by the rock-solid bassist who also ably anchored our Joe Stanley and John Cocuzzi sessions. Previti made history for 18 years backing up guitar giant Danny Gatton. more...
Kenyetta


Kenyetta and the Larry Willis Trio - Every Rung Goes Higher
Holy or heathen, it’s hard not to fall in love with Kenyetta’s voice. Imagine the emotional and musical power of Dinah Washington with the spiritual intensity of the ARC Choir. That’s the unique beauty of Kenyetta’s jazz vocals. more...
Monica Worth


Monica Worth and the Larry Willis Trio - Never Let Me Go
When I first heard Monica perform, I was immediately struck by her voice—a warm, caressing alto with echoes of Rosemary Clooney and Morganna King. I was seduced by her repertoire, a gently nostalgic selection of great American songs. more...
Sunny Sumter


Sunny Sumter with the Larry Willis Quartet - Sunny
Over the past 3 years, I’ve watched Sunny mature into one of the East Coast’s most soulful ballad singers. So much so that I jumped at the chance to record this CD, her second. Larry Willis’ soulful piano chops bought out Sunny’s most gorgeous interpretations of Sarah, Billie and Stevie Wonder songs. more...
J Street Jumpers


J Street Jumpers - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
The Jumpers have been a staple of the vital East Coast swing dance scene for over a decade. They exude the jitterbug beat of Harlem, the LA jump blues of the ’50s, and the soulful raunch of N’Orleans R&B. Throw in the sultry momma-wouldn’t-approve vocals of Marianna. What’cha got? more...
Datevik


Datevik with the Larry Willis Quartet - Ballads From The Black Sea
Don’t let the title fool you. This lady does good old favorite American ballads like “Sophisticated Lady” and “A Child Is Born” with new emotion—and she cooks like no other young singer on uptempo standards like “My Favorite Things” and “Perdido”. more...
Kendra Shank


Kendra Shank with the Larry WIllis Quartet - Afterglow
This is my idea of an intimate, straight-to-the-heart jazz ballad singer. She’s somewhat in the vein of Diana Krall, but maybe a little more passionate. Shirley Horn brought Kendra to Mapleshade, a singer-guitarist she discovered while on tour in Seattle. more...