Svetlana Shmulyian

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Svetlana is a vocalist, songwriter, and arranger from New York with the sound that has at once tenderness, warmth, soulfulness and vulnerability, as well as unexpected edge and power of a seasoned vocalist..  Svetlana has been collecting accolades from local and international press ["at home with the swing... fine graceful singing" -; "energetic vocalist" - wall street journal; "superb... want to hear more... voice made for jazz, great range and a sultry feminine sound" -; "in her element when she swings... makes hot jazz sound cool"- bluemonkmoods; "delightful, sure to please listeners" - WRHU radio; "expressive voice, natural swing" - radiograndbrive; fr; "love this!" - radioadelaide, au; "jazz experimentalist" - broadway world; "strong vocals" - socially superlative; "gives the audiences a dose of modern jazz vocals" - time out NY; "large doze of swing... we are hooked" - O's Place Jazz Magazine]. Svetlana earned MA from the Manhattan School of Music (2015) where she studied vocal performance with Theo Bleckmen, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGherry - and composition with James McNealy and Phill Markowitz and performed sold out shows as a band-leader and side-person at such legendary New York venues at Blue Note, BBKings, Smalls, City Winery, Drom, Rockwood Music Hall and many others - having performed with musicians such as Randy Johnson (guitar), John Webber (piano), James Chirillo (guitar) - and most notably, with Wycliffe Gordon (trombone and vocal) who appears as trombonist, vocalist and arranger on her record, Night at the Speakeasy (Origin Records Jan 2016). With sold shows, as a band-leader, at such legendary New York venues as Kitano Jazz Zinc Bar, Drom, Barbes, 92 Street Y, Rockwood Music Hall, and large scale swing dance events and etc.) Svetlana has earned accolades from jazz musicians, audiences and press alike with her poised and charming stage presence, enchanting vocals and strong musicianship.  As a band leader, Svetlana has performed with many acclaimed jazz musicians, most notably, with Randy Johnson (guitar), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone and vocal), Gordon Webster (piano),  James Chirillo (guitar), John Webber (piano). Svetlana also maintains a busy performance schedule appearing as in-demand side-person having performed with groups ranging from big bands, to pop, gypsy swing, klezmer, 100 person gospel choir, and small jazz ensembles in the venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, LePoisson Rouge, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, National Yiddish Theatre and more.