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Typhanie Monique

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JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist, Typhanie Monique, as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.

Typhanie is a performer, educator and recording artist whose three critically acclaimed, independently produced albums have captured the ears of Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich and thousands of dedicated fans. She has shared the stage with jazz’s elite, including Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, The Manhattan Transfer and Mavis Staples.

A bold, engaging performer with the ability to reach straight to the heart of her listeners, Typhanie has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues, including Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and City Winery, Smalls Jazz Club in New York, The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis and The Dakota in Minneapolis. She has enthralled audiences and brought enthusiastic crowds to their feet at major outdoor festivals like Taste of Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Typhanie’s long-awaited album, Call It Magic, reflects her focused passion as a vocalist and her hard-won maturity as a human being. Envisioned as a conversation and a journey, the album pairs jazz and pop standards with originals penned by Typhanie in a call-and-response of hard-hitting emotion and thoughtful reflection. Over the course of 10 tracks, Typhanie reveals her vocal depth and versatility as she transports listeners down the rough roads of love, struggle, heartbreak, acceptance and rebirth. Featuring guest contributions from clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Victor Goines, B-3 organist Tony Monaco and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, Call It Magic was made with Grammy-recognized producer Jeff Levenson.

Not only a charismatic performer, Typhanie is also a skilled vocal educator. She serves as adjunct faculty at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago. She’s worked as a vocal coach for the Goodman Theater and the Voice of McDonald’s International Voice Competition and recently adjudicated the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition.

In essence, Typhanie is a vocalist of and for the 21st century: trained in the academy and the nightclub; in possession of a beautiful, honeyed instrument and deep repertoire; and filled with a passion not only to perform but also to teach, share, unlock and reveal to students and listeners alike.

“Here we have an artist in full and beautiful control of her voice and vision…It’s music made with great thought, even more care and, yes, a little magic. That’s the artistry of Typhanie Monique.” --Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat Magazine

“There’s no questioning of Monique’s silvery voice, nor the ardor of her delivery. Call It Magic shows Monique stretching out.… she whimsically invented lyrics, boldly sabotaged backbeats and freely constructed fast-flying phrases that defied predictability.”--Howard Reich, Jazz Critic, Chicago Tribune

“Expected, and delivered: solid soul-jazz vocals from Monique that suggest both Sarah Vaughan and Minnie Ripperton.” --Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

“Monique thrills with her sublime balance of spontaneity and maturity…Call It Magic is a new milestone in her brilliant career.” --Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine

BRING YOUR OWN … WHATEVER! Both the Stuart & Shelby Theater and the Robert & Linda Schmier Black Box Theater boast cabaret style table seating, where patrons can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol.


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