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the vocal jazz tradition, there are many voices but few who really
have a deep impact. So when a singer offers something unique, it is
unmistakable. You hear it right away. "You can't imagine how inundated
a new label is by players and their projects," says Bob Karcy, CEO and
founder of the Arkadia label. "But Mary stood out. It wasn't just her
beautiful voice; there are many, many beautiful voices. But her voice
is distinctive and instantly recognizable. You hear a few notes and
say, 'That's Mary Pearson.'"
Pearson's commanding voice carries throughout her Arkadia debut
You & I with the kind of "luxuriant style and beauty of
expression" that moved Jazz Times to suggest "Pearson's name should
become a household word."
As a working New York City musician, Mary Pearson is at home in any
setting, from fronting a big band to performing as a self-contained
vocalist/pianist. Some of the stellar musicians Pearson has performed
and/or recorded with are: Dr. Billy Taylor, Fred Hersch, Harvie
Swartz, John Hart, David Lahm, Lynne Arriale, Steve Davis, Lew
Anderson, Sherrie Maricle, Bruce Ditmas, Art Labriola, Claire Daly,
James Weidman, Lonnie Plaxico, Ron Jackson, Nicki Parrott, Steve
Logan, Essiet Essiet, Eric Lewis, T.K. Blue, and Roy Meriwether.
In addition to her widely varied performances, Pearson whistles on
commercials, including a national television jingle for "Cinch" and
writes children's musicals, one of which has been produced at the
Westchester Broadway Theatre, a large equity house. Solo to big band,
song stylist, writer, piano player, whistler, entertainer and
Arkadia Jazz Recording artist Mary Pearson's unique style reaches,
touches and captivates all within the sound of her voice.