Maggie’s Music

Maggie’s Music

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A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing

by Billy Strayhorn, Performed by Maggie Galloway Quartet: Maggie Galloway-vocals, Joe Mulholland-piano, Bob Nieske-bass, Bob Tamagni-drums | Recorded at PBS Studios, Westford, MA June 2017, Peter Kontrimas engineer

The Best Is Yet To Come

by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Performed by Maggie Galloway Trio: Maggie Galloway-vocals, Anthony Weller-guitar, Bob Nieske-bass | Live from WGBH, December 2004

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“The tunes I sing have to do with my age and where I am in life. There was a time when I couldn’t sing some of them,” Maggie says. “Now I pick songs that I’ve lived, with lyrics I really understand. The love of music—all music—motivates me more than anything else.”

Azure

Maggie Galloway: vocals
Antony Weller: guitar
Bob Nieske: bass
Recorded and mixed at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA, USA
Peter Kontrimas: engineer
Published by Little Muse Records
On AZURE, following her acclaimed debut More Than You Know (Brownstone), vocalist Maggie Galloway once again presents heartfelt, finely-wrought renditions of standards and Americana, this time in a deeply intimate trio alongside guitarist Anthony Weller and bassist Bob Nieske.

From start to finish, AZURE is suffused with a profound mood of reflection—the sense of someone exploring a new phase in her musical and personal life. Composers such as Gershwin and Porter (I Loves You Porgy and Every Time We Say Goodbye) are balanced by Ellington’s prayer Come Sunday, his more familiar Sophisticated Lady (given new life as a duet with bass), and the obscure, haunting Azure (a classical guitar duet, like Luiz Bonfá’s The Gentle Rain).

Alec Wilder’s rarely-recorded ballad Blackberry Winter glows especially bright, with its cathartic yet strengthening lyrics. Here, too, are the neglected Autumn Nocturne, and the American folk song Wayfaring Stranger, heard in a treatment of unusual power and majesty. The trio’s special ability to dream as a detailed ensemble soars in Steve Kuhn’s Tomorrow’s Son (recorded by the pianist with singer Sheila Jordan in the 1970s).

“Her repertory takes us through the realms of thoughtful jazz and into pure inventiveness, but always with a musicality and richness of feeling that carries deep respect for the nature of the text and its meaning. To hear her is an expedition into lyricism,” writes poet Peter Davison.

More Than You Know

Maggie Galloway: vocals
Jeff Auger: piano
Bob Nieske: bass
Rick Considine: drums
Jim Cameron: saxophone

Recorded and mixed at PBS Studios, Westwood, MA, USA
Peter Kontrimas: engineer
Published by Brownstone Records

Read Liner Notes by Jazz Journalist Ken Franckling

This debut recording is energized by Maggie’s deep jazz feel. It’s in her phrasing, timing, and an absolute love of spontaneity and interplay with musicians she trusts and knows wee. From regular performances in and around Boston—most often at Top of the Hub (a restaurant and nightspot on the 52nd floor of the landmark Prudential Center) — she has honed another important skill. It is the ability and responsibility to take well-known tunes and make them your own, to reveal new facets for each listener, as well as presenting lesser-known but equally strong material that deserves more attention. Maggie Galloway does this. In fact, she does it very well.

Her musical partners come to her band and into the studio with strong credentials. Pianist Jeff Auger worked for several years with the Boston-based jazz vocal ensemble The Ritz and now leads his own trio. Bassist Bob Nieske, a veteran of the Jimmy Giuffre quartet, leads his own progressive jazz band, Wolf Soup, whose members include big-toned saxophonist Jim Cameron. Rick Considine, one of Boston’s tasty and empathetic time-keepers, is on drums. It is clear from the opening measures that this is a band whose members truly enjoy drawing new elements out of a song—and each other.

“I really believe in the conversation of the music, in letting everyone have their say,” Maggie says. It’s like a dinner party. Sometimes, you’re all chatting at once; other times one person has something to say. Each of us on the bandstand, or in this case, in the studio, is telling the story in a way in which we are seeing and hearing and feeling something and connecting at that time.”

Maggie Galloway:
American Singer, Musician & Recording Artist

Known for her interpretations of the Great American Songbook and the grand jazz vocal tradition, Boston-based vocalist Maggie Galloway is booking performances now.

Contact Maggie:

+1 781.325.2275 | maggie@maggiegalloway.com

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