Nancy Kamen is an American jazz pianist, vocalist, sound artist, composer and producer whose innovative combination of jazz and classical music has entertained audiences worldwide. She has performed and taught in Europe, Scandinavia, South American and the States for over 40 years. Graduating from The Juilliard School ('71 B.M.) in classical piano, she studied jazz piano with CBS studio musician Sanford Gold as well as Normal Gold and Lee Shaw, jazz voice with Janet Lawson [The New School], classical voice with Manny Lujan and Maria Todaro. She worked at The St. Regis Hotel and other Manhattan clubs before relocating to Europe in the 80's.
Her remarkable piano mastery combines the European classics with American jazz, blues and bebop in the tradition of Hank Jones, Horace Silver and Jay McShann, creating an unusually creative improvisatory interplay of both idioms. Ms. Kamen's rich vocal stylings, scat and vocalese are reminiscent of Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. She is considered in line with such formidable piano-vocal artists as Shirley Horn, Nina Sheldon and Diana Krall. Her eclectic repertoire, arrangements and originals are unique, genuine and memorable.
While in Europe she performed in Munich, Wiesbaden, Zurich, Lausanne, Caracas, Helsinki, Turku and Stockholm, to name a few, with Sweden as home base. Returning to the States in the late 90’s she worked corporate and private gigs as soloist, duo and trio and with big bands both as front singer and band pianist. In 2003 she performed in the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy and was on a host of remarkable voyages on the Cunard QEII.
She performed at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, for the inaugural Kingston ArtWalk and at the Bellayre Jazz Festival in August 2017 before relocating to Manhattan.
A sampling of Ms. Kamen's compositions and productions include the award-winning music CDs, "Moonfinder" and "Beautiful Dreamer"; the multi-media theatre piece, "The Invisibles" with photographer-artist Weronica Ankarörn, and twelve original songs for the children's book "Qui Dit Quoi" based on the poetry of French author Elisabeth Alphonse-Katen.
With an eight-year tenure on the Dance Department faculty of Brooklyn College, she is also an accomplished musical director, dance musician, piano teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. She is a member of AFM Local 802 and ASCAP.
In addition to her own productions, Ms. Kamen performs for special events, private engagements and house concerts. For further information, please email her at email@example.com. Please check her performance calendar and "like" her artist page. http://www.facebook.com/nancykamenmusic.