One of many very good jazz singers living, working and teaching in the New England area, Dianne Mower never had a jazz in mind when she started singing professionally in 1973 at the age of 20. She turned to jazz when an impresario in Hartford, CT wanted to form a Lambert, Hendricks and Ross tribute band. Mower, who at the time was singing in Top 40 lounges along the East Coast, was tapped to join the group. Having regularly listened to Mitch Miller's Sing Along TV programs as a youngster, she knew a lot of standards, so it didn't take much for her to fit right in. Also to her advantage was a voice with a huge range allowing her to "play"Annie Ross with facility. Based on that experience, she has added Vocalese to her repertoire which is used to good effect on her initial album for Bellaphon A Song for You, where she is backed by Bill Mays. She has since joined with Norman Johnson to make Maybe September and The New Millennium Jazz Ensemble, released in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Mower has appeared at such eminent jazz venues as New York's Blue Note, participated in several concerts with the Hartford Jazz Society and appeared at various jazz festivals. Since turning all of her attention to jazz, Ms Mower has looked to Ella Fitzgerald, Morgana King, Irene Kral and Joe Williams for stylistic inspiration. Dianne Mower continues to perform in the New England area and record, and teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
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