Vocalist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of original vocal jazz, all of which have received national recognition.
She has toured internationally, and performed and recorded with distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Paul Brown, Lew Soloff, Jerry Neiwood, Mike Stern, Steve Davis & Will Lee. Reviews and articles about her work have appeared in publications including People Magazine, USA Today, JazzQuad.Ru, Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Podium Magazine, Jazz USA, the New York Times, New York Newsday & the Boston Globe.
Bisantz’ 2012 release, It’s Always You, inspired by the vocal work of the legendary Chet Baker, featured both familiar and obscure Baker songs spanning the course of his fascinating career. Her current release Love’s Tango, co-authored with jazz/classical pianist & composer Alex Nakhimovsky, signals her return to original music with a collection of Latin inspired songs about love in all its many forms.
Ms. Bisantz is also Professor Emeritus of Art & Design at Eastern Connecticut State University and has exhibited her visual art work in galleries, museums and public spaces throughout the United States.
Pianist Alex Nakhimovsky enjoys a versatile career as a performer, recording artist, producer, composer and educator. His musical accomplishments as a jazz and classical artist include musical direction, arranging, solo and ensemble performances.
He has toured throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Israel, performing with jazz legends Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Cobb, Valery Ponomarev, Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Victor Bailey and Grammy-nominated artists Bill Evans, Jazzmeia Horn & Rene Marie. His performance as soloist with award winning Joe Hisaishi’s New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo was recorded and released on the Universal label as American In Paris in 2005. Later that year, Nakhimovsky toured with the Orchestra, performing in Japan’s major concert halls.
As co-producer of Russia’s Baikal Waves International.Jazz Festival since 2006, Alex has made cross-cultural connections for several Russian Music Festivals, bringing important international artists such as Tania Maria, Richard Bona, Mike Stern, Jeff Tain Watts & Jeff Lorber to Russia. He is currently co-founder and artistic director of the BSBI Jazz Festival in Manchester, CT.
LOVE’S TANGO is a collection of original latin/jazz songs co-written by June Bisantz & Alexander Nakhimovsky. Bisantz & Nakhimovsky have recorded, performed and toured together since 2005. This is their third recording project together and first writing collaboration. They share a background in classical music – both chose the violin as their first instrument – a love of Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies, and a serious playfulness that has distinguished and energized their partnership.
The CD features three bossa novas, two sambas, a Rachmaninoff-inspired string quartet prelude and one unique tango, from which the project gets its name. Also featured along with the many accomplished musicians on this recording, are renowned trombonist Steve Davis and smooth jazz guitarist Norman Johnson.
LOVE’S TANGO celebrates the many ways we experience love – romantically, exuberantly and philosophically – with the Latin rhythms, classical ideas and jazz improvisations that characterize all things Tango.
June Bisantz (bi-sance – like renaissance)- voice
Alex Nakhimovsky (knock-him-off-ski) – piano
Norman Johnson – guitar
Matt Dwonszyk (dwon-sick) – bass
Brunilda Myftaraj (miff-TAR-eye) – violin
Lu San – viola
Kathy Schiano (shee-ah-no) – cello
Marcus Centola (cent-o-la) – accordion
John Mastroianni (mass-troy-ah-nee) – flute, clarinet, sax
Jeff Holmes – trumpet/flugelhorn
Steve Davis – trombone
Ed Fast – drums, vibraphone
Artist: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky CD Title: Love’s TangoLabel: EH2UAdd Date: January 14, 2018Street Date: January 18, 2019Websites: junebisantz.com alexnakhimovsky.comAvailable at all fine retailersphotos: Harrison Judd