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Linda Solotaire is a jazz vocalist and leader with The Linda Solotaire Quartet. She also performs an eclectic repertoire as duos with guitarists Stu Greenspan and guitarist/composer James Cornolo. She is also a partner in the group Time & Trouble, featuring original songs by Thomas Weber, and is a member of the arts collective NON:op.
In addition to her repertoire of classic standards, Linda has developed a Speakeasy show featuring jazz from the early 1900's, and "Dreams of You, the Sun, the Moon and Johnny Mercer" - embracing the dreamy world of one of America’s finest lyricists, Johnny Mercer. Her latest project is called "Ange Bleu" in which, along with her collaborator Steven Hashimoto, she is exploring European jazz cabaret - especially the music of Jacques Brel, and repertoire that vocalist like Marlene Dietrich made popular in the 50's and 60's. The final project will include original music as well, with unexpected instrumentation.
In addition to her work as a jazz artist, Linda is band leader, art maker, writer and live performance producer/curator. A creative professional, she has expertise across a wide range of media, including theater, dance, sound, visual arts, digital arts, video, and other performance arts. Linda studied voice, music, dance and acting with notable teachers including, for acting, William Hickey at HB Studio in NYC, and voice, Elaine Dame, Typhanie Monique & Carol Loverde in Chicago. She received her BA from Columbia College Chicago. With a background in theory, classical, and 20th-century music, Ms. Solotaire has enjoyed roles in musical theater, studio session work, as well as collaborations on original works with artists including, new music composer Christopher Preissing, playwright / composer Tom Weber, jazz funk band Original Balance, composer-poet Everette Howe, and others.
Linda was invited to join Actors Equity Association in 1984, and since has had principal roles in scores of theatrical and on-camera projects ranging from Christine in O’Neill’s 'Mourning Becomes Electra' to Annie in 'Annie Get Your Gun,' to commercial industrial videos and multimedia, to surreal collaborative films. She frequently works as a voice over talent as well, and has performed in a variety of performance situations and venues around the world including the Lake Placid Olympic Arena, ancient Turkish ruins, and the deck of a battleship in the Mediterranean Sea.