January 31st, 2017 14:45 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Renowned Jazz Vocalist Jan Daley
Adored for her singular magic for making what`s classic contemporary again, Jan Daley is the most multi-talented and beautiful Best Kept Secret in entertainment today. The triple-threat singer/songwriter, actress and playwright connects to audiences worldwide with her authentic, personal presentations couched with just the right amount of razzle dazzle to remind you why she`s at center stage.
As usual, Jan is currently juggling projects in various performance arenas. Her top priority is a new jazz-kissed easy listening EP When Sunny Gets Blue. The title track is her smoky rendition of the classic ballad co-authored by her one-time songwriting teacher Jack Segal (with Marvin Fisher), introduced by Johnny Mathis with the Ray Conniff Singers and later recorded by many including Nancy Wilson, Anita O`Day and Kenny Rankin. Jan`s version, which co-produced and co-arranged with Segal himself before he passed away, is buttery smooth and drenched in sexy saxophone and is receiving glowing nods at smooth jazz radio.
Reflecting on Daley`s artistic excellence, Jack Segal assessed, "Jan is a truly talented musician, singer and lyricist. Her marvelous voice is selectively controlled and her intonation is immaculate."
Other highlights of the 5-song EP are a second chestnut from the pen of Segal entitled "More Love" (Jan`s soaring vocal couched in a spellbinding musical arrangement), the slinky, upright bass-driven "Cry Me A River" (on which Jan works the low end of her range before getting some lovely alto scatting in - co-produced by Craig Garfinkle) and Jan`s celestially spare self-produced version of the torch standard "Skylark."
Jan`s cup also overfloweth with a holiday CD, There`s Nothing Like Christmas [featuring her take on Mel Torme`s timeless "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" and her self-penned "Can`t Give You Any Answers"], the soundtrack of her recent stage production "Where There`s Hope" (love songs that her dear friend Bob Hope introduced to the world via stage shows including "I Can`t Get Started" and "I Won`t Dance") plus preparing a new show for a February 2017 opening: "Broadway Lights Up The Silver Screen," in which she will sing some of the all-time finest songs of the great white way interwoven with transfixing tales of her one on one encounters with legends that made them.
Billboard raved, " ... in every sense of the word, a knockout!"
Variety proclaimed her, " ... one of the most entertaining, best balanced talent blends on the boards."
Once crowned Miss California, Jan Daley began life as a bashful native of Inglewood, CA, who slowly but willfully blossomed, parlaying her classical piano lessons and dreams of becoming the next Doris Day or Carol Burnett, into an enviable string of gigs and experiences that have become touchstones of her career - from Hollywood to Vegas to Broadway and many stops in between. Jan went from a lanky local medal-winning competitive swimmer and Hollywood singing lessons to sharing stages with the giants of giants of stage, screen, and (not sure if we should date myself or mention Vaudeville) comic circuit including George Burns, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, and Hope.
She was also flown to Rome, Italy to be the originating vocalist of a song that was nominated for an Oscar ("Till Love Touches Your Life"), and has performed in stellar productions of perennial favorite plays such as "Oklahoma," "Anything Goes" and "Taming of the Shrew."
Jan has also shared the screen with Bruce Willis, Peter Fonda, Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks in Forest Gump as well.
Along the way, Jan honed an intuitive skill for writing - songs and scripts - that has served her as a chronicler and a torchbearer of bygone eras - able to bring them back to vivid life via her words, her voice and her dynamic stage performances.
Please visit Miss Daley`s website at http://www.jandaley.com
For acting inquiries and booking, please contact Pam Spark at SBV Talent Agency (323) 938-6000 (Commercials) and JR Deeb at Malaky International (310) 777-7560 (Film & TV)