|Birth name||Patricia Stephanie Nakasian|
August 24, 1954|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Genres||Bebop, swing, vocal jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, Voice Teacher|
|Labels||V.S.O.P. Records, JazzMania, Chase Music Group Records|
Stephanie Nakasian (b. Patricia Stephanie Nakasian, August 29, 1954) is an American jazz vocalist and voice teacher.
Born in Washington, D.C., Stephanie grew up in Bronxville, NY. She studied classical piano and violin, sang in choirs, and studied voice. She majored in economics at Northwestern University, where she received her BA and MBA. She subsequently worked as a financial consultant to major banks in New York and Chicago until 1981, when she began working as a musician full-time.
Stephanie first came to international attention when she sang and toured 1983-1984 with Jon Hendricks and Company. Since then, she has toured and recorded as a leader and with pianist Hod O'Brien, her partner since 1980.
She has appeared frequently as a guest artist with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band on their internationally syndicated public radio show, Riverwalk Jazz, to portray a variety of jazz singers. More recently, Stephanie portrayed herself on the show with Dick Hyman for tributes to composers Hoagy Carmichael and Walter Donaldson. She continues to appear at several international festivals and national music education conferences including the MENC, MTNA, and IAJE nationals. She has appeared in concerts as a featured performer alongside important figures in jazz, including Urbie Green, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, and Annie Ross. She also tours regularly.
Stephanie currently teaches voice at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has directed vocal jazz ensembles and gives numerous workshops each year to schools and conventions (including the Virginia Music Educators annual convention and at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond) on "Teaching Jazz Voice," "Coaching Jazz and Show Choirs on Jazz," and "How to Sing what's NOT on the Page."
Stephanie is also the author of the vocal jazz instruction manual, "It's Not on the Page! How to Integrate Jazz and Jazz Rhythm into Choral and Solo Repertoire," which was published in 2001.
Nakasian is married to her pianist, Hod O'Brien. Together with their daughter, Veronica, a budding jazz vocalist with two CDs, they make their home in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- 2009: Billie Remembered: The Classic Songs of Billie Holiday
- 2009: Dedicated to Lee Wiley
- 2006: I Love You
- 2006: Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz
- 2002: Lullaby in Rhythm: In Tribute to June Christy
- 2001: Invitation to an Escapade
- 1993: BitterSweet
- 1992: French Cookin'
- 1989: Comin' Alive
As Guest Artist
- 1993: To Be With You with leader Sal Soghoian
- 1993: This is a Recording with leader Bob Dorough
- 1985: Opalessence with leader Hod O'Brien
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