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Recap of Vocalist Anaïs Reno with Quintet from the Compaq Big Band at WICN 90.5 FM

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Studio 50
50 Portland Street
Worcester, MA

Vocalist Anaïs Reno with Compaq Big Band quintet on WICN 90.5 FM poster

As part of a Special Edition of WICN 90.5 FM's weekly Tuesday afternoon show "Standard Time" – hosted by our great friend Tom Nutile – there was a live studio performance in Studio 50 by one of the jazz world's rising vocal stars, Anaïs Reno, followed by an interview with her. The jazz quintet that day consisted of Compaq Big Band members Gil Bristol on bass, Dennis Cecere on grand piano, Chris Hildebrand on tenor sax, Michelle Hirsch on drums, and Dave King on guitar.

We thank WICN and Tom for their long history of championing all genres of jazz – especially big band, and in particular for their support of up-and-coming artists. Please consider making a one-time or sustaining contribution to the station by calling or going on-line to their web site wicn.org. And, that donation would be even more special if you mention that you made it because you liked what you heard on March 26th.

A special shout out to recognize Brad Pierce of Starfleet Audio and Studio 50 sound engineer. Brad was a huge help consulting with myself and the Compaq Big Band's Sound Engineer Jeff Hagan, sharing his Best Practice for supporting the live concerts at Studio 50.

Audio from the March 26 performance and interview

First hour (performance) (mp3, 75 MB)
Second hour (interview) (mp3, 75 MB)

Pictures from the March 26 event

See our Facebook page www.facebook.com/media/set?set=a.976395467674990&type=3.

Upcoming City Winery Boston gig

Anaïs Reno and the Compaq Big Band will perform again on May 19th at City Winery Boston. For more information see City Winery with Special Guest Vocalist Anaïs Reno or the Facebook page 19-Piece Compaq Big Band w/ Special Guest Vocalist Anaïs Reno at City Winery.

City Winery with Special Guest Vocalist Anaïs Reno poster

More about Anaïs Reno

Anaïs Reno began singing the Great American Songbook at the age of eight, and has been performing at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in Times Square since she was thirteen. A graduate of the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC, she is an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar in her junior year at Purchase College (SUNY Purchase) in New York, majoring in vocal jazz performance.

Among her many accolades, she won the Ben Tucker Jazz Award at the 2023 American Traditions Competition, took First Place at the 2020 Mabel Mercer Foundation competition, received the 2020 Julie Wilson Award, was awarded Second Place at the 2018 Michael Feinstein's Great American Song Book Academy competition, and earned the 2016 Forte International Competition's Platinum Award.

She has performed for sold out shows at storied NYC venues such as Rose Hall Theater at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Django, Dizzy's Jazz Club, and Feinstein's/54 Below, plus the Seneca One Auditorium in Buffalo, NY for International Jazz Day, as well as singing her own compositions with the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall (Lincoln Center). Anaïs has also sung at Madison Square Garden, and at the Caramoor Jazz Festival. She delivered a stunning rendition of "America The Beautiful" on national television at Citi Field for the New York Mets/Yankees game on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Anaïs appears regularly at iconic music venues such as Birdland, Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, and at PizzaExpress in London. Her first album, "Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno sings Ellington & Strayhorn", debuted in 2021, and is a 12-song compilation of 100% Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn collaborations that rose quickly to #6 on the jazz charts. Her second album has just been released and is titled "Anaïs Reno at PizzaExpress Live - in London" – recorded last year at the iconic club's trendy Soho flagship location. She's currently working on a new album project with noted jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein planned for release later in 2024.

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