With a repertoire of over 1500 songs, pianist-vocalist Nancy Gilliland performs the Great American Songbook and then some.
“What makes Nancy so special? First is that voice. The dusky alto brings a wide range of emotions to the songs she sings. Running the gamut from playful to downright sexy, Nancy brings depth to some of the most popular lyrics ever written. The voice draws you in, but it’s what she does with it that makes you stay. When Nancy sings a song, she sings the entire song. Adding the verse to an old warhorse like “My Funny Valentine” turns the song that everyone thinks they know into a very different experience. Composers like Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, and Porter wrote verses to many standards. Most musicians pretend they don’t even exist. Adding the verse places the song into a context and enhances the story that the song tells and that Nancy tells so well.”Geoff Roach, Contributor to AllAboutJazz.com, Saxophonist and leader of Octobop