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Anna Mjöll goes on the VocalStandards Watch List…

It’s cool how the connections in this business work… a new VS Watch List addition himself, Luca Ellis sent me an invite to an upcoming Anna Mjöll gig at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato (July 14) in LA.

I can’t jet out next week to make the show but thanks to Luca’s invite I tripped across a very interesting performer that definitely deserves watching.

Daughter of an Icelandic guitar player, composer, arranger and classically trained as musician herself, Anna has been “fronting” for Julio Iglesias’ tour and jazz singing her way around the world (mostly Europe) since the late 90′s.

Mjöll has rendered a relatively small amount of recorded material (more please Anna!)… but that said, what Anna HAS published is damned impressive.

A “mini” review…

…is about all that’s possible right now. Ms. Mjöll released an LP in 2009 — Shadow Of Your Smile– that includes seven core

© Anna Mjöll

standards numbers and four Icelandic vocal jazz numbers. The Tónaljón Records release is very well produced and has Anna backed by a superb array of top notch jazz musicians.

AM’s style is quite distinctive. A slightly smoke tinged sultry jazz base with a forward breathiness element … at times Anna evokes Blossom Dearie, at other times Madeleine Peyroux, even Astrud Gilberto a bit … but in the end AM stands on her own with her distinctive smokey, jazz club tenor.

Sometimes I have trouble…

…listening to a lot of material from “breathy” singers — getting worn out by the constant exhalation. Anna definitely has a breathy intonation style … with only seven songs to listen to, it’s hard to assess the wear-and-tear aspect, but my initial listening experience just seems to illicit a desire to hear more rather than any sense of weariness.

Somewhat notorious for skipping my Icelandic language lessons ;-) I have limited appreciation for the last four tracks on the list (after listening to them for ambient appreciation I realized that three of the four are Icelandic versions of other tracks on the LP) but I do have some favorites off AM’s debut LP.

I really like the bossa nova numbers “How Insensitive” and “Agua De Beber” — perfect song selections for Anna’s vocal style — as well the haunting and beautiful jazz trio rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look of Love” … the best number on the record in my opinion. Which is saying something because the title track (“Shadow of Your Smile”) is sweet and sultry goodness as well.

Rounding out the mix are standup versions of “Fever”, “C’est Si Bon” and a fun jazztastic version of “I Get a Kick Out of You”.

Anna did release a jazz holiday album  in 2010 (Christmas Jazzmaz) with ten English language jazzy holiday numbers. I skim-listened to it a bit, but with the temp hovering around 100 here in Austin, I just can’t bring myself to dig into it in the middle of summer. Jazzmaz is definitely queued up for this holiday season though.

Until the weather turns cool, we’ll have to make do with Ms. Mjöll’s very fine The Shadow of Your Smile LP. Good stuff but we need more, please Anna.

Shadow of Your Smile – Anna Mjöll

(VS_Guy ratings: ”+++” pluses are good; “~” for meh to middling;  ”- – -” minuses are not good)

1. I Get A Kick Out of You 3:22 + Nice and jazzy .
2. How Insensitive 3:41 +++ Perfect song for AM’s vocal style
3. Agua De Beber 3:49 +++ More Jobim-styled goodness
4. The Shadow of Your Smile 3:19 +++ Beautiful guitar … beautiful vocals
5. Fever 3:07 +
6. The Look of Love 4:41 +++ Mjöll’s vocal style also lends itself to Mr. Bacharach
7. C’est Si Bon 3:03 ++ Straight play but very well done
8. Saman Þú og Ég 4:01
9. Vatn að Drekka 3:49 (“Agua De Beber” Icelandic style!)
10. Minningin um Þig 3:19 (“The Shadow of Your Smile”)
11. Tilfinningalaus 3:39 (“How Insensitive”)

Iceland's Miss Anna Mjöll at Herb Alpert's Vibrato

"Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues." -Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com

By Westside Today Staff
Event date: April 03, 2012

Anna Mjoll in concert at Vibrato in Bel Air 2-24-2012
Anna Mjoll in concert at Vibrato in Bel Air 2-24-2012

"Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle in Bel Air, on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8:00pm.

Mjoll has been voted one of the top five Jazz singers in the current Jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station.

ANNA MJOLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIO features ANNA MJOLL, vocals; PAT SENATORE on bass; ED CZACH on piano
and BOB LEATHERBARROW on drums.


Reservations,310.474.9400 are a must.
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Vibrato Grill Jazz

2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90077
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Iceland s Miss Anna Mjöll, voted one of the top 5 Jazz singers in the current Jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro s Jazz Station, plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert ;s Vibrato in Bel-Air Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8PM." _____________________________________________________ "Anna Mjöll By LA Weekly's Tom Meek Iceland s Anna Mjöll grew up in one of her country s leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest.... (read more)

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato with The Pat Senatore Trio and

special guest Lew Soloff, Feb. 24

 
Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll -- one of the top singers in the current jazz scene -- plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 9PM. As usual, with the always impeccable Pat Senatore Trio, but this time presenting another dear friend of mine, trumpet master Lew Soloff, as her very special guest.Anna Mjoll and The Pat Senatore TrioSpecial guest: Lew SoloffAnna Mjöll / vocalsPat Senatore / bassEd C / pianoBob Leatherbarrow / drumsLew Soloff / trumpetHerb Alpert'S VIBRATO2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
310.474.9400February 24th 2012 - 9 PM.NO COVER but reservations are a must.Call 310.474.9400 for res.“The sweetest voice in the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro

“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times

“Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues." —Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com
Lew Soloff, a true virtuoso musician, is likely best known in the USA for his work with Blood, Sweat & Tears and as a first-call session player. But, in Japan, the man is almost a pop star, due to countless tours promoting dozens of albums (and videos) he recorded as the main soloist of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet as well as with another ensemble led by arranger David Matthews, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. Not to mention his own CDs as a leader.Soloff has also worked for two decades with The Gil Evans Orchestra. He has played with everyone who's everyone from George Benson to Barbra Streisand, from Tony Scott to Tito Puente, from Bob James to Marianne Faithful. And I had the honor to record with him for the first time back in 1987, in New York, during the sessions for Yana Purim's "Harvest Time" album with Herbie Hancock. Lew makes frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world, such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. Now I can't wait the see him in action with the gorgeous and multi-talented Anna Mjoll.(Lew Soloff & Anna Mjöll)

Posted by Arnaldo DeSouteiro at 8:03 AM

American Jazz Institute’s Jazz Supper Club Series with Anna Mjoll at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells

Monday, February 27, 2012, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells is the locale for the most exciting jazz series in the Desert presenting 6 Jazz Programs by The AmericanJazz Institute, proceeds of which benefit The American Jazz Institute’s inschool mentoring and music scholarship program in the Coachella Valley. These unique Supper Concerts headline international jazz personalities exclusively at Vicky’s, some of whom have never before appeared in the CoachellaValley. This season features celebrity performers, both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as tributes to famous songwriters and the musicians who record and perform their songs, all in an intimate and elegant setting.n Third in the Series, Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll evokes Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and especially Blossom Dearie, but fascinates with her highly personal interpretations. She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener. Mjoll seems very comfortable on stage, comfortable in her own skin and very comfortable with her inimitable delivery of her material. She hasa barely detectable accent, but it does make her sound just a little different from everyone else, in a charming way. It all starts at 5:30PM in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a specially planned 3-Course dinner and show. Cost includes all tax, tip, dinner and entertainment. To view dinner menu visit www.vickysofsantafe.com Pre-Paid reservations only. 760-345-9770.

KESQ.com - KESQ.com (Feb 20, 2012)

Performance/Tour News

 

Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato Jan 29 2012 - Almost Sold Out !

Published: 2012-01-23

Anna Mjoll

Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss Anna Mjoll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 8pm

“The sweetest voice on the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro

“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times

Anna Mjoll By LA Weekly's Tom Meek

Iceland's Anna Mjoll grew up in one of her country's leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest. She then joined the band of Julio Iglesias, touring worldwide before setting out on her own career as a jazz singer and songwriter. Mjoll has quietly built a following around L.A. over the past two years, becoming one of the only vocalists to be a regular at the classy Vibrato supper club. Mjoll's striking beauty and often-breathtaking dresses combine with singing talent that's recently drawn praise from jazz luminaries including George Duke, Don Heckman and Dave Weckl. Add Mjoll's penchant for offbeat humor and a running dialogue with the audience, and you might find yourself wondering how long it'll be before she's headlining somewhere in Las Vegas—Sir Tom Jones is already a frequent guest at her shows in town.

ANNA MJOLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIO

ANNA MJOLL / vocals
PAT SENATORE / bass
ED CZACH / piano
BOB LEATHERBARROW / drums

]HERB ALPERT'S VIBRATO
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
310.474.9400

January 29th 2012
8:00pm

“Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues." —Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com

NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations."

The American Jazz Institute's Jazz Supper Club Series with Anna Mjoll at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells

Event Date/Time

Feb 27, 2012
5:30 pm until 9:30 pm

Description

 

The American Jazz Institute's Jazz Supper Club Series with Anna Mjoll at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells

Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells is the locale for the most exciting jazz series in the Desert presenting 6 Jazz Programs by The American Jazz Institute, proceeds of which benefit The American Jazz Institute’s in-school mentoring and music scholarship program in the Coachella Valley.

These unique Supper Concerts headline international jazz personalities exclusively at Vicky’s, some of whom have never before appeared in the Coachella Valley. This season features celebrity performers, both instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as tributes to famous songwriters and the musicians who record and perform their songs, all in an intimate and elegant setting.

Third in the Series, Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjoll evokes Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and especially Blossom Dearie, but fascinates with her highly personal interpretations. She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener. Mjoll seems very comfortable on stage, comfortable in her own skin and very comfortable with her inimitable delivery of her material. She has a barely detectable accent, but it does make her sound just a little different from everyone else, in a charming way.

It all starts at 5:30PM in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a specially planned 3-Course dinner and show. Cost includes all tax, tip, dinner and entertainment. To view dinner menu visit www.vickysofsantafe.com Pre-Paid reservations only. 760-345-9770.

Cost $75 per person
Location

Vicky's of Santa Fe
Highway 111 & Club Drive
Indian Wells, CA
View map »

Additional Info
Sponsor Pete Carlson Golf & Tennis, Desert Lexus, TravelHost, Palm Springs Life
Phone 760-345-9770
Contact name Marc Lodovico
Contact email marcjlodovico@aim.com
Website http://www.vickysofsantafe.com

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Anna Mjöll's "Christmas Jazzmaz" @ Vibrato

Christmas Jazzmaz with Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato! The LA-based Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjöll plays another near-guaranteed sellout at Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel-Air Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 8PM.

Mjöll has been voted one of the top 5 Jazz singers in the current jazz scene by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station.

ANNA MJÖLL and THE PAT SENATORE TRIO
ANNA MJÖLL / vocals
PAT SENATORE / bass
ED CZACH / piano
BOB LEATHERBARROW / drums

Vibrato
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
NO COVER but reservations are a must.
Call 310.474.9400 for res.

“The sweetest voice in the current Jazz scene. Period." —Arnaldo DeSouteiro

“Lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times

“Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues." —Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com
Anna Mjöll: "Christmas Jazzmaz" (Tónaljón) 2010

Music performance: *****
Sound quality: *****
Featuring: Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Ólafur Gaukur (acoustic & electric guitars), Dave Carpenter (bass), Don Grusin (piano & keyboards), Luis Conte (percussion) and Charlie Bisharat (violin).

In a few words? OK. The most charming and enchanting songstress in the current jazz scene has released the best "Christmas album" of this century.

Really? Yes, absolutely!!! Throughout the years, dozens of jazz artists have issued Christmas projects. Most recently, back in 2005, Diana Krall released the excellent "Christmas Songs" CD, with a big budget production directed by Tommy LiPuma and the impeccable backing of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. No surprises to be found, though. The typical Christmas tunes with nice vocals and predictable arrangements.

Five years later we get Anna Mjöll's "Christmas Jazzmaz." What a difference! Surprises abound on each track. Backed by a small group, with smart scores by producer Ólafur Gaukur (who happens to be Anna's father, and is a guitarist whose touch and phrasing on the acoustic instrument reminds me of Luiz Bonfa's approach on the 12-string guitar), the LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess delivers fresh and creative performances of such songs as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas."

Even the opener "Jingle Bells" sounds intriguing and -- I know it will be hard to believe -- "new". Actually, I had to hold my breath during the first five songs, since "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let is snow" is a pure delight and I can't find words to express my feelings for her "Santa Baby." Do yourself a favor and listen. Never a vocal Christmas jazz albums sounded so charming and ...seductive! Anna's phrasing and the highly personal tone of her silky "innocent" voice (the missing link between Bjork and Blossom Dearie) are pure delight. And again: so far, the best Christmas CD of this century. Happy Holidays!

To order a CD copy or a digital download:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annamjoll2

Thursday 12/22 - Anna Mjöll at Vibrato

Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll Mjöll offers an evening of holiday music and jazz at Vibrato in Bel Air, backed by Ed Czach on piano, Pat Senatore on bass, and Bob Leatherbarrow on drums.

Tom Meek - LA Jazz.com (Dec 19, 2011)

 

Vibrato Grill & Jazz
  • Vibrato Grill & Jazz

Anna Mjoll

Iceland's Anna Mjöll grew up in one of her country's leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest. She then joined the band of Julio Iglesias, touring worldwide before setting out on her own career as a jazz singer and songwriter. Mjöll has quietly built a following around L.A. over the past two years, becoming one of the only vocalists to be a regular at the classy Vibrato supper club. Mjöll's striking beauty and often-breathtaking dresses combine with singing talent that's recently drawn praise from jazz luminaries including George Duke, Don Heckman and Dave Weckl. Add Mjöll's penchant for offbeat humor and a running dialogue with the audience, and you might find yourself wondering how long it'll be before she's headlining somewhere in Las Vegas — Sir Tom Jones is already a frequent guest at her shows in town.

Tom Meek - LA Weekly (Dec 13, 2011)

LA's most charming jazz: Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato

Los Angeles' most charming jazz singer in California's most charming jazz club. The most charming combination you could find in the West Coast! And more than you could ask for. Enjoy jazz, enjoy life!

Sunday, Oct 21, 9pm
Anna Mjöll @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077-1724

The LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess, Anna Mjoll will be bringing her sultry jazz pipes once again to Herb Alpert's Vibrato. Anna will be backed by the acclaimed Pat Senatore Trio featuring Pat Senatore (bass), Ed Czach (piano) & Bob Leatherbarrow (drums).

With Anna’s repertoire of great classic jazz standards and her hilarious off-beat banter, this is the best way to complete the week.

“...the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period.” -Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz Station

Come hang with all the other cool sunshine people of California for a Groovin' Jazz Night with ANNA MJÖLL @ Herb Alpert's VIBRATO! Then you'll understand why we at Jazz Station have voted her one of the Top 5 singers in the current jazz scene.

ALMOST SOLD OUT - AGAIN!!!
Anna Mjoll and the Pat Senatore Trio, led by the great bassist who is Vibrato's artistic director.

NO COVER! But call 310.474.9400 for Reservations.

http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/calendar/index.php?event=Anna_Mjoll&calview=event&event_id=2578&prevview=month&year=2011&month=09&day=25&type_id&clickdate=2011-09-25

Pics (by Barbra Porter) from Anna's previous gigs @ Vibrato:

 

Anna Mjoll

- May 27. (Fri.)  Anna Mjoll.  Iceland’s gift to contemporary jazz vocalizing brings her unique style to songs that reach easily across the jazz boundaries.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.

 

Anytime you can sip a drink in a cool jazz club and be close to an excellent combo fronted by an excellent singer... who scats -- life is good.

Had that pleasure last night as I checked out a FaceBook "friend" who was singing at Charlie O's in the valley (LA). I don't know much about her but Anna Mjoll said she has backed up some big pop names like Julio Iglesias on tour and in the studio, and her mother was a jazz singer back home in Iceland. So that makes two Icelander jazz singers at least, when I might've previously guessed, oh, zero. I wouldn't have thought of it, but shouldn't be surprised either -- Scandinavia has produced some outstanding jazz musicians (though few vocalists -- I can't name any), and Iceland, though tiny, is part of Scandinavia.

I get the impression she's fairly recently made the career transition from pop to jazz (and has a CD out, recorded here and mixed in Reykjavik) but she has the genes and the predilection for jazz vocalese. She may not have the range of an Ella (who does?) but she's got the feel for it, and that's more important. I've heard it the other way around, fantastic vocal instrument but no sympatico, and it gets old quickly. Singing jazz requires a soulful connection to the material, and Mjoll's got it.

She's relaxed and professional on stage, because she's got the material nailed. She gives each song a personal, distinctive touch. She doesn't try to re-invent the standards, but she inhabits them evocatively. I got there for the last set and wished I'd heard more, and I'm the kind of "sampler" who often "gets it" and splits. But even though she was calling out numbers from a songbook ("let's do #55..."), it sounded like she had played with the John Heard Trio for ages.

Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues.

Check her duet with Tom Jones --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_D146Q-iQU

-- at another LA venue she's played, Vibrato. I don't know who was sitting in on whom's set, but Anna was clearly more star struck than Tom. C'mon Anna, next time, you're in charge: though Jones handled a jazz feel capably (he's always a pro and a class performer with a still-great voice), this is your playing field, and you're probably one of the most beautiful women he's ever encountered on a stage, during a career lined with beautiful women (and their underthings). Use it, girl.

Charles Andrews
Music Forums Moderator
HomeTheaterSpot.com

   
(May 13, 2011)

 

Anna Mjoll live @ Vibrato, March 4

(Mar 2, 2011)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas CD of the Year - "Anna Mjöll: Christmas Jazzmaz"

Christmas CD of the Year
Anna Mjöll: "Christmas Jazzmaz" (Tónaljón) 2010


Music performance: *****
Sound quality: *****
Featuring: Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Ólafur Gaukur (acoustic & electric guitars), Dave Carpenter (bass), Don Grusin (piano & keyboards), Luis Conte (percussion) and Charlie Bisharat (violin).

In a few words? OK. The most charming and enchanting songstress in the current jazz scene has released the best "Christmas album" of this century.

Really? Yes, absolutely!!! Throughout the years, dozens of jazz artists have issued Christmas projects. Most recently, back in 2005, Diana Krall released the excellent "Christmas Songs" CD, with a big budget production directed by Tommy LiPuma and the impeccable backing of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. No surprises to be found, though. The typical Christmas tunes with nice vocals and predictable arrangements.

Five years later we get Anna Mjöll's "Christmas Jazzmaz." What a difference! Surprises abound on each track. Backed by a small group, with smart scores by producer Ólafur Gaukur (who happens to be Anna's father, and is a guitarist whose touch and phrasing on the acoustic instrument reminds me of Luiz Bonfa's approach on the 12-string guitar), the LA-based Icelandic Jazz Princess delivers fresh and creative performances of such songs as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song" and "White Christmas."

Even the opener "Jingle Bells" sounds intriguing and -- I know it will be hard to believe -- "new". Actually, I had to hold my breath during the first five songs, since "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let is snow" is a pure delight and I can't find words to express my feelings for her "Santa Baby." Do yourself a favor and listen. Never a vocal Christmas jazz albums sounded so charming and ...seductive! Anna's phrasing and the highly personal tone of her silky "innocent" voice (the missing link between Bjork and Blossom Dearie) are pure delight. And again: so far, the best Christmas CD of this century. Happy Holidays!

To order a CD copy or a digital download:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annamjoll2
 
"Sunday night, Santa Monica. Last Sunday night I was having a really good time, sitting in the Baked Potato, halfway between Hollywood and the Valley, and listening to jazz singer Anna Mjoll perform with her really good band. I wish I could be doing the same thing tonight, but it’s a much longer drive to her gig. She’s playing in Reykjavik. Yeah, Iceland. She’s closer to the ocean there than she was in the Valley. But she’s a lot closer to the Arctic Circle too.

Why in the world would a jazz singer book herself into a small club in an island nation with one fifth the population of the San Fernando Valley?

Because she’s home for the holidays.

Anna Mjoll is not much of what you usually picture as a jazz singer. Few of her performance photos show her in a dress. More likely you’ll get what I saw at the Potato: strategically very torn jeans, punkish spiked bracelets, stylish “armlet” tattoo, leather half-vest and a thin leather headband holding in place her long golden (really, really golden) locks, white-toed black tennies (but no candy cane-striped knee socks this time), and centerfold-class beauty and figure. Her idea of patter is to regale you with odd and gory anecdotes (decapitation, burger breath). I wonder if she dresses up a little at home? Keeps the stories a little more conventional, with mom and dad in the crowd?

Probably not.

Mjoll seems very comfortable on stage, like she was born there (almost true), comfortable in her own skin and very comfortable with her material and her inimitable delivery of it. She has a barely detectable accent, but it does make her sound just a little different from everyone else, in a charming way.

I was somewhat disappointed in her show last Sunday in that I had come for what was billed as her “Christmas Jazzmaz” show, named after her just-released CD of Christmas songs, but she was mostly ignoring that by the time I came in for the late show, and I heard only two holiday numbers, “Jingle Bells” and “Sleigh Ride,” the latter with a verse in her native tongue thrown in, as on the album. I’ve got to admit: I love hearing jazz standards or even Christmas songs sung in Icelandic. You really should try it.

Her band was absolutely stellar. She always seems to attract really good players. (“Jazzmaz” features an enviable cast in Vinnie Colaiuta, Don Grusin, Luis Conte, Charlie Bisharat, and the late and very missed Dave Carpenter, as well as Mjoll’s talented father Olafur Gaukur producing, arranging and on guitar.) At the Spud she had Mike Miller on guitar, John Gilutin on keys, Ian Martin on bass and Gerry Brown on drums, impressive chops-meisters and cookin’ this night. A real treat was provided when Reggie Hamilton sat in for a few on bass, even though he had literally just flown in from Europe and went straight to the club. His solo excursions alone were worth the price of admission.

Her show was very similar to the excellent one I saw a few weeks earlier at Charlie O’s, including the stories, but it nagged at me that there was some missing piece this night. Then she gets to the very last number, “Blue Skies” (except for an ill-advised bowing to a persistent request for “Route 66” – ya gotta end high and leave ‘em wanting more). She goes to town with energized scatting throughout, and it jumps out that this was the one, where Anna Mjoll was in her element and shining. She had done some scatting in previous numbers, but not much, not as much as at Charlie O’s. I don’t think it was just the scatting that made the difference, but it was definitely tied to that.

**********************
You don’t listen to Christmas music for weeks before the day now, do you? The last week before Christmas is prime time for me, enough to get the spirit but not to OD. So the timing is perfect to download Anna Mjoll’s “Christmas Jazzmaz,” at CDBaby.com. I like the last four songs the best because they’re sung in Icelandic, and the “Santa Baby” is probably the sexiest and most fun version you’ll ever hear."

Charles Andrews
Music Forums Moderator
HomeTheaterSpot.com

12-20-10 02:37 AM - Post#869105

Anna Mjöll
Photo by Barbra Porter Photography

 

(Mar 2, 2011)

(Mar 2, 2011)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Anna Mjöll back @ Vibrato, Jan 29

Anna Mjoll @ Vibrato, January 29
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA

After stuning sets @ Charlie O's last week, the one & only LA-based Icelandic jazz diva Anna Mjöll is back @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato.

"As far as repertoire goes...everything from Ipanema to Invitation to Desafinado to 500 Miles High to Round Midnight to One Note Samba to How High The Moon, All of Me, Perdido, Blue Skies, Lover Man, Old Black Magic, Cry Me A River, Misty, Summertime, How Insensitive," says Anna, one of the Top Jazz Singers of 2009 and 2010 in the Jazz Station Poll, thanks to her two solo CDs, "Shadow of Your Smile" and "Christmas Jazzmaz," which features such guests as Vinnie Colaiuta, John Robinson, Dave Carpenter, Don Grusin and Luis Conte.

ANNA MJÖLL with the PAT SENATORE TRIO
ANNA MJÖLL / vocals
PAT SENATORE / bass
ED CZACH / piano
MARK FERBER / drums

Call for reservations! 310.474.9400
http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/
(pic by Barbra Porter)
Anna Mjoll @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jan 29, 2011 - Almost sold out!



Posted: 2011-01-24
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ANNA Mjoll
"Icelandic jazz vocalist Anna Mjöll has developed a considerable buzz in L.A. selling out two nights of recent weekend shows at Vibrato." —Tom Meek, LA Jazz.com

Icelandic Jazz Singing Sensation ANNA MJOLL will be performing live at HERB ALPERT's VIBRATO January 29th, 2011.

MJOLL will perform with The amazing PAT SENATORE TRIO, consisting of PAT SENATORE on bass, ED CZACH on piano and BOB LEATHERBARROW on drums.

This is an event not to be missed by any real Jazz enthusiast and Music lover.

As chances are, like Mjoll's past concerts at Vibrato, this one will sell out fast, timely reservations are strongly recommended: 310.474.9400.

Herb Alpert's Vibrato
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077-1724

Saturday, January 29th, 2011. 9pm

Reservations: 310.474.9400

“Anytime you can sip a drink in a cool jazz club and be close to an excellent combo fronted by an excellent singer... who scats—life is good."

“ Do yourself a favor and catch her now, at an intimate small club, before she breaks out into larger venues." —Charles Andrews, Music Forums Moderator, HomeTheaterSpot.com

“lightly twisted, jazzy..." —Los Angeles Times

By Arnaldo DeSouteiro , Jazz Station

“Someone recently referred to Anna's new CD, recorded in California and mixed in Reykjavik, as “a must have by the sweetest woman and singer this side of Iceland!" I must add: a must have by the sweetest voice in the current jazz scene. Period."

“Shadow..." features the LA-based Icelandic jazz diva surrounded by an all-star band led by her lucky arranger/producer/guitarist Ólafur Gaukur: drummers Vinnie Colaiuta  (the current drummer's drummer all over the world) & John “JR" Robinson (Quincy Jones ' favorite drummer ever, with Micahel Jackson's “Thriller" on his impressive discography), bassists Dave Carpenter & Neil Stubenhaus, keyboardist Don Grusin  and percussionist Luis Conte , whom I first met when he was playing on Madonna's “Blond Ambition" tour. In some tracks—"I Get A Kick Out ofv You," “C'est Si Bon" and “Fever" -,

After repeated listenings, “Shadow..." evokes me memories of Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and specially Blossom Dearie . Anyway, despite all these mentioned references echoing on my mind, Anna Mjoll sounds like her own woman, capable to enchant and fascinate the listener with highly personal interpretations of top-class songs. The rhythm section changes on Johnny Mandel 's classic “The Shadow of Your Smile," but once again Anna's approach is unique and amazing, intertwined with Ólafur Gaukur's 12-string acoustic guitar a la Luiz Bonfa .

She knows how to caress a melody and seduce the listener, like happens throughout the album. Another highlight, “Fever," firstly made famous by Peggy Lee  and later revived by Madonna, is a singing lesson in the sense of how to make each and every word sound with the proper impact and feeling.

Don Grusin's piano floats in perfect empathy with Anna's milky vocals on Burt Bacharach's “The Look of Love." Don't lose your time trying to compare her with Dionne Warwick or Diana Krall . Mjoll's once again sounds ultra-peculiar.

A latin-tinged arrangement of the French classic “C'est Si Bon" follows, featuring the horn section and Conte on percussion. Anna's sounds, to use French words, “coquette et sensuel." A beautiful original by Gaukur, “Saman Bú Og Ég" (the composer solos on the electric guitar while backing himself on the 12-string acoustic guitar), and two Antonio Carlos Jobim  tunes complete the repertoire. The arangements includes a lovely guitar-wordless vocal solo section. Her phrasing would make Jobim proud.

A surprising mood also envolves “Água de Beber," sung in Portuguese. Both Jobim songs, also appear as bonus tracks on Icelandic versions written by the multi-talented Gaukur.

“Shadow of Your Smile" is by far one of the best vocal jazz releases of 2009. Gifted with an abysmal potential, no one can accuse Anna Mjoll's of musical compliance. This wondrous girl (all the great booklet pics were shot on location in Iceland by Ess) knows how to take chances.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Anna Mjoll live @ Charlie O's, Jan 21

Anna Mjöll & The John Heard Trio
January 21st - 8pm, no cover!
Charlie O's
13725 Victory Blvd
Valley Glen, CA
Ph: (818) 994.3058

ANNA MJÖLL/vocals
JOHN HEARD/bass
ROY McCURDY/drums
ANDY LANGHAM/piano - NO COVER! - 818.994.3058

Icelandic songbird Anna Mjoll performing in Los Angeles January 21 and 29 (Jan 10, 2011)

Icelandic songbird Anna Mjoll performing in Los Angeles January 21 and 29

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Anna Mjoll

Icelandic jazz vocalist Anna Mjoll will be ringing in the New Year with TWO appearances in Southern California! Her first performance of 2011 is at Charlie O's on Friday evening, January 21 at 8:00 pm with the acclaimed John Heard Trio, featuring John Heard on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Andy Langham on piano. For reservation contact information (no cover) see www.charlieos.com. Anna will also appear on Saturday evening, January 27 at 9:00 pm at Herb Alpert's Vibrato, where she will be accompanied by the renowned Pat Senatore Trio. There is no cover, but reservations are a must. See www.vibratogrilljazz.com for more information.

Pam Howell - LAJAZZ.com (Jan 11, 2011)
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