Grace Testani PictureGrace Testani

Jazz Vocalist
Educator * Arranger
Composer * Keyboardist


MUSIC CV ( PDF version )

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

  • Music educator for over 20 years
  • Professional musician (voice) performing with top musicians at venues such as Birdland, Blue Note, Village Gate
  • Co-writer with Chick Corea and Kenny Barron
  • Accomplished arranger, composer, and keyboardist
  • Experienced Instructional Designer in classroom, online and blended learning
  • Founder or co-founder of five (5) arts organizations and four (4) technology learning centers
  • Author (publisher: Ziff-Davis)
  • Grant Recipient: New York University Coordinating Council for Music 2008-2009
  • Advanced level computer, applications, and networking knowledge and a pioneer in Distance Learning

MUSIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • New York University - Adjunct Faculty, SCPS, Humanities (2004 – present)
    Vocal Jazz Workshops
  • Grace Notes Enterprises aka Grace Notes Music - Owner/Director (1983 – present)
    The Singers Center™ -  Sing Jazz & More...
    Vocal Technique, Theory, Sight-Singing, Piano, Jazz Improvisation, Music Business, Coaching & Performance Technique -- workshops, clinics, online classes and individual instruction (www.singerscenter.com)
  • New York Public Library various branches – Guest Artist (2008 present)
    Performance workshops for special Teens Sing Out, with Grace Testani program
  • The Collective/SOJ Jazz Music Center – Faculty, Instrumental Jazz Studies Program (1980 – 1995)
    Taught Instrumental Jazz Ensembles (all instruments) in jazz improvisation and playing in an ensemble, All levels of Sight-reading, Ear-training, Theory and Musicianship Classes (all instruments, all levels), Individual Instruction on piano
  • SOJ Jazz Music Center – Coordinator & Primary Faculty, Vocal Jazz Studies Program (1985 – 1995)
    Developed & implemented curriculum, Supervised & trained other vocal teachers; Instructed in all areas/all levels of vocal technique, performance, recording skills, sight‑reading, ensembles, arranging, coaching & general musicianship such as  Vocal Jazz Workshops, Vocal Scat, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Contemporary Styles Performance Workshops, Individual Coaching and Technique Instruction
     
  • NYC Women’s Jazz FestivalCo-Leader, Vocal Jazz Clinic (1983)
    with Sheila Jordon, Jay Clayton & Janet Lawson
  • Reno International Jazz Festival (NV)Adjudicator, Vocal Jazz Competitions (1988)
    National College and High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Chorus Competitions
  • New School for Social Research (Guitar Study Center)Faculty (1982 – 1985)
    Vocal Technique and Performance Classes, Theory Classes, Piano Classes
  • New York UniversityTutor, Gallatin Division (1990 – 1994)
    Individual Piano Instruction, Technique and Theory;  Individual Vocal Technique, Vocal Improvisation
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.)Mentor (1994 – 1996)
    Mentor and advisor to Singer/Songwriter
  • Empire State CollegeTutor (1983 1986)
    Individual Vocal Technique
  • Hebrew Arts School (Abraham Goodman Center)Faculty (1982 – 1986)
    Vocal Technique, Performance and Improvisation Classes

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE / ARRANGING / COMPOSING HIGHLIGHTS
(Partial Listing)

  • Professional performer, arranger, composer, keyboardist, and recording artist
  • Co-writer with Chick Corea (Watching the Wind, ASCAP) (1997)
  • Co-writer with Kenny Barron (Morning Sunshower, BMI)  (1997)
  • Current CD, Something's Coming, continues to receiving airplay in Europe and the US  (See Review sheet)
  • Performs with the best jazz musicians in various clubs, concerts, festivals, videos/TV/Film, musical theatre, club dates, and studio work
  • Opened twice for world renown saxophonist, Sonny Fortune
  • Entire ½ radio show in Buenos Aires (2007) dedicated to Grace’s music
  • Entire ½ radio show in Denmark (1999) dedicated to Grace’s music
  • Entire ½ radio show on WBAI, NYC (1991) dedicated to Grace’s music
  • On-Air radio interview from the Masie Center: Jazz Music and the Learning Environment (1996)
  • On-air interview with Canadian Jazz radio station planned for early 2007
  • Next planned recording (Spring 2010): This is for Albert (and Wayne) featuring music of Wayne Shorter, lyrics by Grace Testani
  • Castillo Cultural Center – Choral Conductor, Musical productions consultant (1997)
  • Arrangements and/or Compositions for (various dates):
      New Alliance Chorus (also conducted) ‑ Columbia University, Macmillan Hall, NYC
       Dale Gordon’s Inner Beats - recording session, NYC; New Music Cafe, NYC
       Vocal Jazz, Inc. (vocal group) NYC
       Cathy Rose Salit Band ‑ Village Gate, NYC
       Castillo Chorus (also conducted) – NYC
       Instrumental & Vocal Jazz Ensemble Classes - SOJ/The Collective & Grace Notes
       Octet arrangements - Various groups

OTHER APPEARANCES:


Theatre:

Lady Liberty on the Rocks
(Comedy Show featuring Emmy Gay) Synthesizer accompaniment & vocals)

space

Harvard University, Penn State; Castillo Cultural Center - extended run, Upstate NY Colleges, Various Prisons, 1991; Pratt University, Collective Unconscious, NYC, 1994

 

Off-Broadway productions

 

Co-Founder: Castillo Cultural Center; Various musicals

 

Off-Off Broadway productions

 

Cinderella; Prospero (Musical Group), others

 

Regional Theatre productions

 

Co-Founder: Capital Rep Theatre, Albany, NY; Various plays as part of the theatre company; Weekly Piano Bar at Hotel

Film:

Godfather II

 
Extra
Video/TV:

Japanese Television

 

Sang on TV documentary of Teramasa Hino (trumpeter)

 

NYC

 

MSNCB national TV show, Morning Blend

 

NYC

 

Live at Birdland Video; Live at Tavern on The Green Video

Recording:

As leader
As side person

 

Something’s Coming  1997
Dale Gordon’s Inner Beats, 1993; Various Studio Sessions, 1989-91
New Age Recording 2009

FOUNDER - ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Singers Center (NYC) - Founder, Owner & Director (2005 – present)
    Run all aspects of day-to-day operations of this educational, performance & recording center including curriculum development of classroom & online courses, advertising & marketing, accounting, student outreach as well as teaching and recruiting faculty
  • Grace Notes Enterprise aka Grace Notes Music (NYC) - Founder & Owner (1988 – present)
    Run all aspects of day-to-day operations of this music production company and record label including advertising & marketing, promotions, accounting, audience building, etc.
  • Castillo Cultural Center (NYC) - Co-Founder and Director of Music Department (1983–91)
    Produced all Music Events as well as oversee musical involvement in all productions
    - Secured in-kind contributions of Steinway Grand Piano, Yamaha Electric Piano, PA system, microphones, guitar & bass amplifiers
    - Produced Jazz, Gospel, R&B, New Music, Avant-garde, Caribbean, Irish, African, Blues & Latin Concerts.
    - Produced Join the Jam at Mikell’s featuring Slide Hampton, Jerry Jammot and many others. 
    - Co-Produced Sonny Fortune in Concert at Castillo Center
    - Co-Produced Jam for Our Youth to raise money for summer jobs for Inner City Youth. 
    - Music Consultant for Our Young  Black Men Are Dying and No One Seems to Care, Malcolm and Billie, On The Street
  • New Alliance Productions (NYC) - Assistant Producer & Line Producer (1984 – 1988)
    Assistant Producer & Co-Founder - MUSICRUISE & All Stars Talent Show Network
    - Assisted in conceptualization of products MUSICRUISE & National All Stars Talent Show Network
    Line Producer ‑ MUSICRUISE ‑ NYC Summer Music concert series
    - Responsible for actualizing all aspects of the production of concert series
    Assistant Producer ‑ National All Stars Talent Show Network - Regional shows culminating in annual All Stars Finals at Town Hall in NYC
    -  Responsible for actualizing all aspects of production of All Stars shows
  • Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY) - Co-Founder and Director of Fundraising & Long Range Planning, Actress & Singer (1976 – 77)
    - Secured Grant from the Whitney Foundation
    - Responsible for bookkeeping, fundraising parties; assisted in theatrical productions (lighting, sets, makeup)
    - Co-produced & performed in Sonora Creative Music Festival, featuring Philip Glass and John Cage.

ADDITIONAL ARTS ORGANIZATION ADMINISTRATION

  • New York University - Lyris Forum Administrator, Gallatin-Educators (2004 – present
    Serve as List Administrator and Manager for this NYU forum
  • SOJ Jazz Music Center – Assistant Director (1977 – 1985)
    Managed all aspects of the business including bookkeeping, enrollment, student intake interviews, studio rental bookings and payment.

TECHNOLOGY BACKGROUND
For more information, please visit: www.creativecomputingcentr.com/bio/who_gt.html - technology CV provided upon request

Creative Computing Center, Inc. (NYC) – President and CEO (1988 – present)
Run all aspects of day-to-day operations of this technology training & consulting firm which has trained over 41,800 corporate and government clients and logged in over 14,700 classroom training hours.

  • Built Four (4) Technology Training Centers (in addition to Creative Computing Center)
  • Advanced level experience in computer applications, hardware and networking

DEGREES & EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Double Bachelor of Arts - Psychology & Philosophy                          New York University
Professional Certificate - Organizational & Executive Coaching           New York University

Musical Studies

Nancy Evers (1983 to present, intermittent); Jutta Rose (1973‑1977) – Voice
SOJ Jazz Music Center ‑ Jazz Improvisation, piano, composition, arranging, sight-singing ear training, musicianship, sight reading (instrumental), drums, bass (1977 - 1980);
John Castellano: Composition, arranging & musicianship  (1979‑1980)

Theatrical Studies

H.B. Studios; George Morrison Studios

CITATIONS

Numerous newspaper and magazine articles/reviews including JazzTimes, JazzImprov, New York Post, Daily News, Jazz World Index, All Music Guide, LA Jazz Scene, 4-Star Pick in All Music Guide;
Mentioned in the book Louis' Children about Jazz Singers; 
Included in photography exhibit of Jazz Singers with photos of Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, and others held in New York City

PUBLICATIONS

Author, Building Your First Web Site with HTM,  Ziff-Davis, publisher (ISBN 0-73722-865-2) (1998) - required textbook for online class (Element K, formerly ZDU)

AFFILIATIONS

BMI; International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), International Coach Federation (ICF)


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