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Judi Silvano

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  • Born: Philadelphia, PA
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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Jazz vocalist Judi Silvano first arrived in the early '90s when she released Dancing Voices on JSL Records. The album brought her smooth, '60s-influenced sound to the public, especially impressing with the self-penned "Ecstacy." With her striking good looks and warm stage presence, she was a hit in club circles and didn't record again until 1996's Vocalise. Another fine effort, she hit the road again but this time came back with the disappointing Songs I Wrote, or Wish I Did. Unfazed, she released Riding a Zephyr two years later, featuring pianist Mal Waldron on several tracks.


Judi Silvano, born 1951, is a jazz singer and composer. A native of Philadelphia, her singing style bears similarity to Norwegian jazz singer Karin Krog. She is a scholar of Sheila Jordan and of Jeanne Lee. Silvano researches and performs under-represented music by Women Composers, some of which is featured on her "Women's Work" CD on JSL Records. Her 10th recording as Leader, "Indigo Moods" CD on Jazzed Media is a collection of Standards from the Great American Songbook, played in an empathetic trio with just piano, voice and trumpet. Silvano also writes many Original songs with or without lyrics as well as Chamber Music pieces and has had her compositions played on stages in New York City and in Europe. Composer Lori Dobbins wrote "Sketches for Silvano" for her, scored for Voice, Percussion and Vibes. Jazz Pianist and Composer Kenny Werner wrote the Vocal Narrator part for Silvano in his "No Beginning, No End" for Wind and Percussion Ensemble. Her husband is tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and upon marriage she changed her name from formerly Silverman to Silvano.

Before attending college she studied flute, piano and dance. She has a bachelor's degree in music and dance from Temple University of Philadelphia. She has taught at Rutgers University and other colleges.

She has collaborated with Joe Lovano, Mal Waldron, Kenny Werner and Bill Frisell. Aside from performing in the United States, she has toured Europe. Since 2011 she has been studying painting at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY and has had 3 solo Art Shows recently with her many watercolor and pastel paintings.

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