All About Jazz

“While Ella embodied swing and scat, Sarah reveled in range, and Billie Holiday wrapped her arms around agony, it has to be asked what would draw you, the listener to Marky Quayle?  After one listen, you’ll know; she has that rare quality that only a few vocalists are able to possess. Like Sinatra, she can make a song sound as if she’s singing it directly to you.” – George Harris, Jazz Weekly & The Jazz Messenger

 

“The sound is both warming like a blazing fire on a wintry night and satisfying as a cool drink on a hot summer’s day.  As dependable as a true friend’s loyalty, subtle and light as a tropical breeze yet steadfast as the sun, this is the voice of Marky Quayle.  In the seventeen standards presented here from the Great American Songbook, Marky, along with the Trio de Swing, leads us through the joys and longings of a brave heart seeking a lasting love. Just listen, and you’ll hear for yourself all this and more.” – Wesla Whitfield, jazz vocalist

 

“Quayle's warm, husky voice, reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, holds notes and phrases to exquisite effect. Quayle is obviously comfortable in her own skin and her ease is palpable.” – George Harris, All About Jazz

 

“The key ingredient of Marky Quayle's One December Day album—the main event, if you will—is her strikingly beautiful deep contralto voice. For those who question the purpose of another collection covering decades-old pop standards, Quayle's wounded version of "Then I'll Be Tired of You" may change some minds. The singer nails every emotion in the words, giving this promise of undying love a keen sense of yearning. What may have been originally written to describe a solid romantic bond almost sounds like the never-ending ache of unrequited affection. Such is the power of Quayle's vocal work that a new interpretation can be given to this Great American Songbook classic without altering any of its lyrics.” – Robert Sutton, All About Jazz

 

Marky Quayle's 2011 release, "So Lucky...To Be Loved By You", features Jazz the way it should be delivered:  pure, direct, and no-nonsense.  This San Franciscan songstress personalizes each classic Jazz tune with her sophisticated, deep, plush-toned sound.  With romance abounding, Quayle is able to glide between upbeat songs such as "How About You?" and the bubbly, buoyant, and light "Time After Time", to melodic treasures like "I'm Glad There Is You", and the magnetic "You Go To My Head".  The piano and clarinet solos are outstanding throughout, and the bass is as gentle as Quayle's signature soothing low notes.  Other standouts on the CD are "Just In Time", where Quayle shows great control of her vocal instrument, and "Estate", where crystalline highs are intertwined with deep, velvety notes.  A definite Jazz lover's delight! ~ Lily Emeralde and Emma Dyllan, Phosphorescence Magazine

 

So Lucky…to be Loved by You:  She kicks this set off with “Cry Me a River” and you don’t groan.  Sound promising already?  A veteran jazz singer that knows how to deliver the goods old school without living in the past, Quayle would knock the judges on their collective asses if they made an “American Idol” for adults.  Somebody please tell those tv kids that screaming lyrics doesn’t convey emotion or sex appeal.  The sultry stuff here does.  Simply a killer jazz vocal date that makes oldies new and really opens your ears like they should be.  Well done. MIDWEST RECORD  Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher

 

“[Quayle] lets the lyrics of each song speak for itself . . . and she is particularly skilled on ballads, so one enjoys hearing her bring out the warmth and timelessness of each song. Her good taste in picking out superb songs matches her sensitivity in interpreting the timeless lyrics.”—” —Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz Historian and Journalist

 

"In the fragile talent, that of Jazz Vocalist, that rare gift: she is a master in the genre she inhabits"

 

Marky has a warmth about her and a soothing sound...an easy natural....a Gift for singing....she gives new life to the American Popular Love Songs of the 1920's, 30's,'40's & '50's....give a listen, you'll surely want to hear more.

 

" Quayle's warm, husky voice, reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, holds notes and phrases on "The Very Thought of You" to exquisite effect. Quayle is obviously comfortable in her own skin and her ease is palpable. You feel relaxed listening to her, as if she were an old friend...."

 

The time is long overdue to hear a fresh voice that actually tells a compelling story by way of interpreting a great lyric—so welcome to the rich and engaging world of Jazz singer Marky Quayle! This San Francisco native is a compelling singer with a refreshingly velvet vocal sound who has absorbed what all great Jazz vocalists know in their souls: the importance of ‘owning’ a song and delivering its poignant story. Her tasteful and agile interpretive skills and natural sense of what it means to get inside of a lyric captivate her audience at every live performance and these qualities are amply demonstrated on her latest CD release So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You.

 

“ . . . she has that rare quality of being able to sing to, as opposed to sing at, you. Quayle's warm, husky voice . . . holds notes and phrases . . . to exquisite effect. Quayle is obviously comfortable in her own skin and her ease is palpable. You feel relaxed listening to her, as if she were an old friend.” —George Harris, of Jazz Weekly, 93.5 FM KFOX, for All About Jazz

 

“[Quayle] lets the lyrics of each song speak for itself . . . and she is particularly skilled on ballads, so one enjoys hearing her bring out the warmth and timelessness of each song.” —Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz Historian and Journalist

 

So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You reveals new perspectives on familiar material and shines an elegant light on lesser known songs of the classic Jazz repertoire, much like her previous successful CD release, One December Day. The new CD features sixteen songs that showcase Quayle’s rich and sultry phrasing which she delivers with eloquent candor. Her lightness of touch and vocal agility on the familiar up-tempo “How About You” and “Just In Time” nicely complement the heart-felt and dreamy ballads “Cry Me a River,” “Estate” (Italian for summer), and “Why Did I Choose You?”.

 

So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You is a must for an intimate evening or a sophisticated social gathering, but seeing this talented and subtle performer live demonstrates just how transcendent a live performance can be. In the meantime, be sure to treat yourself to the marvelous sounds of One December Day, and her newest impressive outing So Lucky . . . to Be Loved by You.