Shawnn Monteiro and her Trio guest Gaspare Pasini
"Tribute to CARMEN MC REA"
SHAWNN MONTEIRO - voice
TIM RAY - piano
DAVE ZINNO - double basso
STEVE LANGONE - derums
GASPARE PASINI - alto sax
Shawnn Monteiro is an American jazz singer and daughter of the bassist Jimmy Woode of Duke Ellington fame.
Percussion great and Latin/jazz impresario Mongo Santamaria discovered Shawnn working in a club in San Jose, California and signed her on the spot to tour with his band.Shawnn electrified audiences as his only vocalist and female percussionist
during that two-year circuit where she shared the stage with such greats as Stan Kenton, Celia Cruz, the Fania All-Stars, and Weather Report.âExciting, captivating and completely distinctiveâ
is how most jazz cognoscenti describe Shawnn's pulsating lyric style. Evident in Shawnn's liveliness of lyrical phrasing and intermittent scat variations is the influences of Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan, from whom she draws that inner core of creative energy.
She has worked with greats such as Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton , Basie Band, Nat Adderly, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, James Williams, Bobby Durham, Jimmy Cobb, Stanley Jordan, Ed Thigpen, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Fortune to mention just a few. She has also performed with singers and groups which are not strictly of the jazz genre, including Spyro Gyra, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops and others.