Formerly, Tracy Todd, listening to Tracy Vignati is like nothing else on the jazz scene today. Amidst all the riffs and stylistic flourishes, she is unique in her crystal clarity of voice, her ability to reveal every nuance in a lyric and, most of all, the raw courage she has to just sing the song. From the day she first sang “Silent Night” as a little girl in her kindergarten class Vignati has proven herself the consummate storyteller.
Great players as diverse as drummer Peter Erskine, bassist John Patitucci, pianist Alan Pasqua, saxophonist Brandon Fields and trumpeter Steve Huffsteter have eagerly accompanied her. Appearing as guest vocalist with David Benoit singing tribute to The Peanuts and Charlie Brown to packed houses brought such elegance to the Charles Schulz homage. Greeted by rave reviews in Music Connection and The Beverly Hills Outlook Vignati has captured the L.A. jazz scene with her performances at Catalina Bar & Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Borders Books & Music, World Culture Center and as a semi-finalist in the 2002 Long Beach Jazz Search. Now, with her voice heard on jazz radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, she is poised to capture the world.
Dan Karcher of New York’s WBGO 88.3 FM, America’s leading jazz station, writes of Vignati’s debut CD: “exceptional…from the recording’s start, one’s attention is arrested…there is an immediate presence from within the ballad. I naturally seek out and find myself attracted to a few particular songs whereas, on this one, all eight commanded my attention.”
Chet and Sarah may be gone but jazz fans can rejoice. Somewhere tonight Tracy Vignati is singing and she knows the secrets of your heart.