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I was happy to hear that one of my albums, “New York Blue” was selected as top 25 favorites this year.
– Valerie Joyce
#17 NEW YORK BLUE (Valerie Joyce) 
We asked our fans to vote for their favorite Chesky Albums of all-time. We’ve counted the votes and created a list of the Top 25. These titles will be available for 25% off on HDtracks throughout the month of December.
VALERIE JOYCE: New York Blue (Chesky JD316)
reviewed on pages 116-117 of Stereophile (special collector’s issue 2016) 10 Years “Records To Die For” 500 Audiophile Approved Albums: Great Music-Great Sound. ” For those seeking a sonic standard for female jazz vocals, look no further than New York Blue”.
Valerie Joyce recorded For Heaven’s Sake with renowned pianist Michael Wolff. Michael also produced, arranged the music, and performed on Valerie’s Invitation.
The duo’s chemistry is unmistakable on For Heaven’s Sake. Michael thoughtfully sculpts new intention behind Valerie’s sultry and soft melodies. The peaceful atmosphere is full of nuances that only come from a live performance by musicians with real chemistry. From Brahms to Duran Duran Valerie and Michael explore songs outside of the typical jazz idiom, but bring it home with classics like “In A Sentimental Mood” and “You Taught My Heart To Sing.”
Valerie Joyce will be performing and recording with guitarist Marco de Carvalho at the Newport Audio Show on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Valerie is performing as part of the Blue Coast All-Stars during “Press Day.”
Valerie and Marco will be perfomring in Room 411 from 5:00 – 5:30pm.
A Seattle-based musician, born in Japan but with deep roots in the art of American jazz, Valerie Joyce is an exceptionally talented vocalist commanding a very distinctive style. Airy yet full, rich and expressive, Valerie’s voice is immediately arresting and wonderfully idiosyncratic. Her catalog stretches back to the debut “Reverie” in 2002, and most fans know of her fine recordings over the years with influential audiophile label Chesky Records. Under Blue Coast Records, Valerie and Cookie have recorded two acclaimed Special Event albums, and now comes Valerie’s latest addition: Invitation.
Aptly named, this record is just that—-an invitation to explore Valerie’s unique voice and emotion through a collection of evocative jazz compositions. She guides us easily through busy latin-infused grooves, delicate and somber ballads, and refreshing standards. One of Valerie’s most impressive performances with Blue Coast to date has been her take on Ellington’s classic “Day Dream”, recorded in 2012 for Special Event 25. This new release features a fresh piano arrangement of the standard, as well as many other expositions of Valerie’s unique timbre.
Pulled from Valerie’s archives and newly digitized to DSD256 from 1/2″ analog tape masters, the previously-unreleased Invitation was produced and arranged by Michael Wolff, well-known as the former musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show.
Valerie Joyce came by our Blue Coast Studios to perform a followup to last year’s Special Event. Accompanied on guitar by the talented Marco de Carvalho, Valerie and Marco perform 10 songs including a holiday favorite, ” Christmas Time is Here,” a Vince Guaraldi classic. Three of the songs were recorded live at the California Audio Show in the Sony room in front of a very live and welcoming audience. To keep that spirit, the Sony crew came to the live recordings. The audience is the member of the band you don’t see but who make a difference!
Every nuance and emotion is exposed in live recording. Valerie and Marco do an incredible job bringing their brand of jazz to us and your home. There’s also a free download of a second holiday song.
Valerie Joyce & Marco de Carvalho will be performing and recording live at CAS California Audio Show on August 16th Saturday & August 17th Sunday. (Session at the Blue Coast Records Room with engineer Cookie Marenco & Sony (Cypress Room Second Floor)
Set times & information coming soon.
Please visit this website to find out more about the California Audio Show and Sony and high- resolution audio