Firmly rooted in Jazz, Devorah is a swinging, fluid improviser and a natural storyteller. Brazilian Jazz and classic Rhythm and Blues influences are organic elements of her soulful, unmistakable sound. She sings with an intimacy and openess in her phrasing, telling her own tale with each song. At the core, Devorah's musical approach is always grounded in an obvious love and respect for the song itself.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa, where she began her journey in Jazz singing with renowned saxophonist, Eric Kloss & the inimitable drummer and perennial beatnik, Spider Rondinelli. That led the way to New York City where she resides. She's a songwriter & lyricist and loves collaborating with other writers & composers. She's penned lyrics to Jack Wilkins', Funny Blues; Estamos Ai by Mauricio Einhorn, Windows by Chick Corea, & Jazzbirds w/ Andy Laverne.
Currently recording a children's music project "And Then. . ." of her own original jazz-influenced songs for children & their families on which she also plays piano.
A highlight on her CD, Jazz! is Devorah's arrangement of a ten part vocal ensemble of her own voice(s) on Chick Corea's Time's Lie. The band members appearing on this and 4 other tracks are: Don Grolnick z'l - piano, Steve LaSpina - bass, Peter Erskine - drums, Arnie Lawrence z'l - saxophone, and Gordon Gottlieb - percussion. featured on piano - Ted Lo on the song, Everytime We Say Goodbye as well as Jamie Haddad - drums on that track. Comesar De Novo- a duet with guitarist, Saul Rubin.
. . . "Devorah reaches out and connects with her audiences
. . with heart, musicianship and humor. . . . . . . . These are the hallmarks of her music." B"H
Some of the many New York venues where Devorah has performed are: Birdland, Iridium, The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Sweet Basil, Village Gate, Bitter End, West End Cafe, Amazonas, Small's Paradise, Angry Squire, Mikell's, 7th Ave South, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Makor, Don't Tell Mama, Jazz Forum, NY Sheraton and Marriott Marquis. Her NY concerts include CAMI Hall NYC, The JVC Jazz Festival NYC and Purchase, NY, two concerts in Central Park, St Peter's Church Jazz Vespers.
Devorah's performances in other US cities include club and concert engagements in Kansas City, Woodstock, NY, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Nashville, Phoenix, Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas and Laguna Beach, California.
On CDs, Devorah is featured on Bobby Paunetto's CD: "Composer In Public"-
featured on the track, "The Foundlings" and "Birthdays" a single release for RSVP Jazz, label, Luiz Simas' Recipe for Rhythm (Brazilian Jazz) and on several Music for Children CDs for BMG/Zoom label including Fred Miller"What's Wrong With This Picture?" .
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Her singing is featured on film scores for Cannon Films, United Artists, and PBS Television and on numerous television and radio commercials where she performed with Valerie Simpson, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, Leon Pendarvis, Kenny Ascher, David Matthews, among may others. Snickers, M&;M's, L'ancome, Colgate are some of the commercials on which she has sung with these and many other marvelous artists.
You can listen to a live performance of one of these songs by clicking here
It's titled, I Wish I Could Tie My Shoes Blues. Some say this song is a metaphor
for adults too! Information about some of her work with children can be viewed at
Creative Arts Workshops, https://www.facebook.com/notes/creative-arts-workshops-music-art-story-making-kids-intergenerational/creativearts-workshops-descriptions-and-other-programs-offered/323507841662#!/pages/Creative-Arts-Workshops-for-Children-Multigenerational-Groups/299061696713
Devorah is also part of Bridges Quintet..Brazillian and American Jazz and World(s) music featuring Janet Grice Bassoon and recorder, Lee omboulian piano and accordian, Ratzo Harris Bass, Vanderlei Pereira Drums, Percussion
We are giving a free performance July 2, 2014 featured at the Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series see events for details
Devorah Segall Facebook Musician Page (please join!!)
write to her -send private message via her personal facebook page www.facebook.com/DevorahSegall
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