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Greta Matassa

Straight-ahead jazz vocalist Greta Matassa is a seasoned club performer with a bent toward Great American Songbook standards and often sings and improvises in a contemporary scat style. A Seattle native, Matassa was introduced to jazz by her parents, and by the time she was in high school was singing and studying her craft by listening to records. In her junior year, Matassa dropped out of high school and moved to Oregon, where she performed as half of a lounge duo with a pianist. Eventually, Matassa moved back to Seattle and, after a brief period performing with a few metal and rock bands, found her way into the jazz scene by performing at weddings and other events. It was during this time that Matassa met and performed with such local Seattle musicians as pianist Marc Seales and guitarist Michael Powers. In 1989, Matassa's singing earned her a spot replacing vocalist Ernestine Anderson in a Pacific Northwest Ballet production based on the songs of Kurt Weill. The show ran for a decade and helped establish Matassa as a local name.

Although she had recorded an album in the mid-'90s and worked regularly, Matassa had taken a break from her solo career to raise her children. She returned to the limelight in 2001 with the release of All This and Heaven Too: Live at Bake's Place. Recorded at a local club, the album showcased Matassa's knack for interpreting lesser-known standards and drew favorable comparisons to such vocalists as June Christy, Carmen McRae, and others. Once again, Matassa found herself as a name act in the Northwest and a singer with an ever growing presence on the national jazz scene. Since then, Matassa has released several albums, including 2003's Two for the Road: Live at Bake's Place with guitarist Mimi Fox, 2005's Favorites from a Long Walk, 2007's Smiling Hour, and 2009's I Wanna Be Loved. ~ Matt Collar
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Track List: Favorites From A Long Walk

1. Double Rainbow

2. Inside A Silent Tear

3. Sweet And Lovely

4. He's Gone Again

5. If I Love Again

6. Listen Little Girl

7. I Will Wait For You

8. Look At That Face

9. Late, Late Show

10. Speak Low

11. Never Never Land

12. The Man With A Horn

13. There'll Be Another Spring

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Track List: Live At Bake's Place

1. Why Try To Change Me Now

2. Come Rain Or Come Shine

3. All This And Heaven Too

4. Ruby

5. Blue Prelude

6. I Never Had A Chance

7. He Was To Good To Me

8. You And The Night And The Music

9. My Ship

10. Close Your Eyes

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caseychristo 4
Close Your Eyes is delivered with impassioned excellence. Gorgeous!
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Greta is simply a world-class
vocalist.
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ptrock5
Not just a wonderful artist but a very giving educator who mentors students of all ages at jazz festivals. Thanks Greta for being at The Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds Wa. this March 2012! Patty T
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marleydc
one of the best in jazz anywhere!
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ninakohl
I moved from Seattle to Milwaukee, but still listen to Greta -- more people outside the Pacific Northwest should know about her, she is the real thing.
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What a find! First time tonight. Bravo!
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dpierce11
Please play more tunes with Greta Matassa singing
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nancyorjim
Thank you, Pandora, for allowing me to discover a great artist in my own back yard! I'm going to be on the lookout for her here in Seattle! Nancy

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