Buzz from the Fringe …
“The piano playing by musician and lyricist Jordan Klapman was great and so was Greenberg’s singing. I always admire singers and their ability to belt out a tune (as the only time I can really sing well is in the shower). Greenberg also has this sweet charming quality about her and I could tell she tries really hard to get her message across. I also liked that she did a little pitch at the end to let the audience members know that the songs were written by her and that CDs would be available if interested.”
~ Ashima Suri, Mooney on Theatre
BURNT …toasted! now playing at the Fringe Festival
Music, dance and the spoken word come together in celebrated singer/songwriter Donna Greenberg’s BURNT…and toasted!, a one-woman show about love…and love gone wrong. Co-created by musician and lyricist Jordan Klapman, BURNT…and toasted! is playing July 5-13, 2013 at the Tarragon Extra Space, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Inspired by true-life events, BURNT…and toasted! chronicles one woman’s tale of love, loss and her rise from the ashes.
Donna Greenberg: vocals
Jordan Klapman: piano
Original Music: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman
Show information for BURNT…and toasted!
Tarragon Extra Space Theatre,
30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto ON M5R 1X3
Thurs July 11 — 10:30pm
Fri July 12 — 7:30pm
Sat July 13 –1:45pm
Please note there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets: $10 at the door (cash only)
Or $11 in advance ($9 + $2 SC, Visa or MasterCard)
via www.fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062 ext. 1
Success is the sweetest revenge!
When Donna Greenberg sings, whether it is a romantic ballad, jazz classic or a nostalgic show tune, she impresses her audience with her amazing versatility and style. She is as much at home singing in Portuguese, Spanish or French as she is in English and treats her listeners to songs that resonate with meaning.
Please read the entire article on my show, BURNT …and toasted, by Judy Weinryb published in this week’s Jewish Tribune.
Interview with Sharon Caddy, CTS Weekender, June 22nd
Donna Greenberg is interviewed on this weekend’s episode of CTS Weekender on Saturday night at 8:00pm. She discusses her upcoming one woman show, BURNT …and toasted, premiering at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.
Proud FM 103.9 FM’s Front Row Centre Show
Donna Greenberg was interviewed by Mark Andrew Lawrence on her upcoming Toronto Fringe Festival show, BURNT…and toasted!
The interview took place on Sunday June 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Listen here to Proud FM Radio.
This interesting interview will be re-broadcast on Saturday June 22nd from 8:00am to 9:00am.
Donna Greenberg is Burnt …toasted!
Music, dance and the spoken word come together in celebrated singer/songwriter Donna Greenberg’s BURNT…and toasted!, a one-woman show about love…and love gone wrong. Co-created by musician and lyricist Jordan Klapman, BURNT…and toasted! is playing July 5-13, 2013 at the Tarragon Extra Space, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Inspired by true-life events, BURNT…and toasted! chronicles one woman’s tale of love, loss and her rise from the ashes.
Please read more at “The Canadian”.
Donna Greenberg going Theatrical!
Music, dance and words come together in Donna Greenberg’s one-woman theatrical about love and love gone wrong. “BURNT…and toasted!” journeys through the singer/songwriter/choreographer/dancer’s life…a coming out of the ashes with fire and passion to rediscover self-worth.
Donna Greenberg premieres her original musical “BURNT…and toasted!” at the Toronto Fringe 2013, July 3 – 14.
Please find more detailed information at The Canadian.
“Song in the Wind” still in Top 10!
CHUO 89.1 MHz – Ottawa has listed Donna Greenberg’s “Song in the Wind” on their Jazz Top 10 chart for the week ending Tuesday, February 26, 2013. This is an amazing run of 5 months for this excellent CD!
Visit CHUO 89.1 to check out the listing.
Donna Greenberg’s Favourite Christmas Memory
Cashbox Canada has a mandate to cover the legacy artists who have made this industry a success and to give press to the ones who will make it continue to shine brightly with their talent and tunes. This Christmas issue we would like to feature our Cashbox Canada’s Christmas Stars of 2012. We have asked them to share their personal stories with you about their favourite memories of the holiday season.
Read one of Donna Greenberg’s special memories of the Christmas Holidays in Cashbox Canada Magazine.
Song in the Wind is a hit with Stage Door Reviews!
Opening with the romantic title track, Greenberg is accompanied by vocalist Marcelo Neves, both lulling the listener into a slow dance groove, setting the passionate tone for the album.
Please have a look at the full review by Jason Gladu in Stage Door Reviews .
Donna Greenberg: A Musical Force To Be Reckoned With!
Not resting on the success of her third CD, Song in the Wind, singer/songwriter Donna Greenberg will be premiering her new cabaret-style show Hot Spot on Tuesday, December 18, 8 p.m. at Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W. Tickets: $20 (student/artists PWYC).
Donna will be performing with musician Jordan Klapman. Jordan is an artist of many talents – pianist, arranger, bandleader and composer. For four years the two have been writing beautiful music together on all three of Donna’s CDs. Donna pens the melodies and lyrics, while Jordan masters the harmonization and arrangements. Performing live…the two are magical together.
Donald Quan’s Musideum is an eclectic music store by day and a popular entertainment venue by night, its intimate setting will lend itself beautifully to the vibe of Hot Spot, allowing Donna to get up close and personal with her audience.
Please read the complete article in The Canadian.
The Sultry Sounds of Hot Spot and Donna Greenberg at Musideum
Submitted by Sandy Graham to Cashbox Canada
Sometimes in the current environment of new releases, we forget that this business started with timeless songwriters who have managed to stand the test of time. That makes the work of Donna Greenberg so much more special, as she does remember, and performs these classics with her own flair and delivery. As a singer/songwriter herself, she feels the dynamics of a good song, and knows how to embrace it with her own style.
On Tuesday, December 18, Donna will be presenting the workings of her new cabaret style show at the unique venue, Musideum in Toronto, an eclectic musical instrument store turned entertainment venue at night by owner Don Quan.
“Years ago I was renting some dance rehearsal space and heard about Musideum. I think Musideum is a unique and brilliant concept and space for appreciating and hearing wonderful music, musicians and musical instruments. Donald Quan has lovingly created an intimate ever-developing performance series and space where a performer can get up close and more personal with the audience. I will be performing with pianist extraordinaire Jordan Klapman. Jordan is an artist of many talents – pianist, arranger, bandleader, composer – he is my musical writing partner. We have been working together for about four years and it is a great musical collaboration. I write the melody and lyrics and Jordan writes the harmonization and arrangements on all of my originals on all three albums. The other musicians on my albums and whom I regularly perform with are some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. You can hear their amazing artistry on the albums, especially our latest endeavour, “Song in the Wind.”
Donna is all about passion for the song. When she talks about music you can hear it in her voice. “Years ago I did a one-woman show which combined Broadway songs, standards and movement. Now that I’ve written and recorded quite a few of my own songs I wanted the challenge of presenting them in a different context with a storyline and a mixture of Broadway, standards and multi-lingual songs. Something that would be fun but also thought-provoking and maybe even a bit risqué. I will still be adding in classic songs. “Volare is on the list. So is ‘Sway’, being a dancer this is a wonderful number I can embrace. There are also going to be some of my originals, and of course, an offering of other favourites. Of course the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, there are just so many songs I would love to sing. This show is a little bit Broadway, a little bit jazz, and very much Donna Greenberg. Movement will be a strong element in HOT SPOT! There will also be other theatrical elements – a few props, costumes. Moving is as natural to me as singing and I’m aiming to pull out the stops!”
Featuring an array of different musical genres with lyrics in Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and English accompanied by pianist extraordinaire Jordan Klapman, this is a night that is sure to be one to remember. The venue is small so we advise you buy your tickets early so you won’t be disappointed.
Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012 Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20 *(student/artists PWYC)
401 Richmond St. W. (Richmond and Spadina)
Advanced tickets available (recommended as there is very limited seating!)
Call 416.599.7323 email firstname.lastname@example.org or for more details: Bikrophone
Donna Greenberg at #7 on TOP 10 Jazz chart
This new CD is being well received all over!
Toronto vocalist-songwriter, Donna Greenberg recently released her second album of originals, Song in the Wind.
This is multilingual collection of jazz and world music with heavy Latin influence is certainly fresh and new, but still has a very old fashion vibe. If you’re in the right mood, this album will certainly make you want to dance. Cha-cha-cha, anyone?
From The Cornwall Seaway News, Roxanne Delage.
5 Questions from Mississauga Life
Unique, versatile vocalist and songwriter Donna Greenberg has been singing, composing songs and dancing for as long as she can remember. Her warm voice and dramatic flair form the centrepiece of her live show, featuring sweet, sexy jazz.
Mississauga Life talked with Donna and asked her five very interesting questions about her music and her career. Please go to Spirit of the City to read Donna’s answers!
Rogers TV interviews Donna Greenberg!
Visit Rogers TV to view an interview with Donna Greenberg and Sonia Sache, host of Rogers “Daytime Peel”. Donna discusses her latest CD, “Song in the Wind“, writing her music, music genres and more!
Donna Greenberg’s “Song in the Wind” on the Jazz News Sampler
“Song in the Wind”: Here’s the latest airplay!
Latin Train Ottawa ON, CAPR Sydney NS, CHSR Fredericton NB, CSKY St. Ann de Bellevue QC, CFLX Sherbrooke QC, CFMU Hamilton ON, CJUM Winnipeg MB, CITR Vancouver BC, Canoe FM Haliburton ON, CIBN Buffalo Narrows SK, CFAD/Salmo FM Salmo BC, CKSJ/The Coast 101 St. John’s NF, Skyjazz Radio Oshawa ON, CIAO Toronto ON…
In United States
WDGP Radio Baltimore MD
Check back and watch this list grow!
Donna Greenberg thrills music fans with her original songs!
Donna along with Toronto pianist/producer Jordan Klapman and a stellar cast of Canada’s finest musicians are thrilling music fans with her original songs that offer maturity and depth with lyrics that speak to all.
Please read this entire article by John Malloy in The Canadian.
Live Appearance on “The Being Frank Show” rescheduled for December 10th!
On Monday December 10, 2012, Donna will be a live, musical guest on the TV show “The Being Frank Show” at the:
Forget About It Supper Club,
325 King Street West, Toronto.
Donna will be performing one of her original songs live and will be interviewed by Frank. Any fans who wish to be audience members for the live taping (early afternoon) email: Donna Greenberg. Date the show will be aired is still to be announced.
Donna Greenberg sings multicultural music on New Album
Donna Greenberg sings in five languages on her newest album, Song in the Wind. In order to get the songs just right, Greenberg studies the languages and she works with translators. But there’s more to it than that.
“I try not to just have a translation done,” she says. “I try to capture the essence of that language.”
For the complete interview by Cara Stern, please visit the Canadian Jewish News.
Donna Greenberg performs at the Glenerin Inn November 22nd
On Thursday, November 22, catch singer/songwriter Donna Greenberg at the Glenerin Inn! This night is the first of a series of live entertainment evenings featuring a wide array of styles, geared to those who appreciate soft jazz. Watch Donna and her quintet perform her soulful, multilingual* hits!
The evening starts at 6:00 with complimentary hors d’heurves and a cash bar. Dinner is at 6:45 and the show starts at 8:00.
Please go to Mississauga Life to read the complete article.
Donna Greenberg kicks off Glenerin Inn’s concert series
On Nov. 22, Donna Greenberg and her five-piece band launch the first in a series of Canadian music nights at Glenerin Inn by performing songs from her new CD, Song in the Wind, along with popular standards from other artists. It’s a cabaret-style show that harkens back to romance of intimate cafes and dancing cheek to cheek.
Glenerin Inn general manager Jason Mercier is delighted to have Greenberg kick off the Canadian music series.
Read the entire article by Maureen Scott at Mississauga.com.
“Song in the Wind” is a Highball of Nostalgic Cheer!
A throwback to eras when jazz was performed in caberets and swanky Uptown clubs cutely adorned with cigarette girls wearing elbow-length satin gloves and pillbox hats. This is a highball of nostalgic cheer that hugs Greenberg’s earlier collaboration with Jordan Klapman.
Song In the Wind is the latest collection of multi-language Greenberg originals, soothed and primped with stereophonic production, an octet of notables and capped with svelte string and horn arrangements that add loft to the singer’s scrutable voice. Winningly this conjures memories of Cafe des Copains.
-David Farrell, New Canadian Music Website
Donna Greenberg’s voice is Magic on new CD “Song in the Wind”
“..easy on the ears with its relaxed rhythms and a stunning supporting cast assembled by Greenberg and pianist/ producer Jordan Klapman. I love the way her voice caresses a lyric-…The magic of Greenberg’s voice is that it feels like she’s singing to you and only you. There’s an intimacy to these songs that is rare in this day and age- something precious to be savored and enjoyed….”
GONZO MAGAZINE, Lloydminster, Alberta
Beautiful Arrangements and a Jazzy Voice stand out on “Song in the Wind”
“Between the beautiful arrangements, musicianship, and Greenberg’s especially tasteful, jazzy voice, there is a lot happening here. Groovy Latin percussion and Bossa Nova beats are the backbone with a wide range of exotic instruments fleshing out the sound. …what I found to be completely astounding was the many different languages that Donna’s songs were translated and sung in.…. Amazing.” writes Sean Craib-Petkau of “Yorkton This Week” in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. For the entire review, please visit Yorkton This Week.
Ponoka News Alberta reviews the new CD “Song in the Wind”
The classy album showcases songs of love, life and sorrow in Spanish, Brazilian, French, Portuguese, Italian and English.
Please find the entire review at Ponoka News Community.
Live Interview on CHIP FM November 1st!
Tune in CHIP 101.7 FM on November 1st 2012 and listen to a live interview with Donna Greenberg and CHIP DJ Chad Bertrand.
WOW! Great Review for new CD “Song in the Wind”
From the first time you hear the speaking voice of Donna Greenberg, you can feel her passion. Passion for her music, passion for life, passion for mankind. It is no wonder her new CD is such a wonderful production of all that passion. Not to mention her hauntingly beautiful vocals.
For the complete review by Sandy Graham, please visit Cashbox Magazine Canada.
Donna Greenberg featured on EJN Sampler
This past week Donna was honoured to be included on the EJN Sampler’s very first Women in Jazz, a super-sized sampler to celebrate 13 outstanding jazz artists, award winners and nominees – vocalists, musicians, songwriters and educators.
Donna’s soulful I Just Wanna Cry is featured along with tunes from 12 other outstanding jazz musicians. Click on the song link to download it for free!
Olive and Olives honours Donna Greenberg
Donna Greenberg was recently honoured when Canadian retailer, Olive & Olives selected her music as soundtracks for their promotional videos.
The featured songs are Cantemos a la Luna from her CD Stranger and La Niña de Rosa from her CD Mav’rik.
Please check out both Donna Greenberg and the Olive & Olives’ videos on: YOU TUBE.
CTS Television’s Always Good News with Connie Smith
Visit CTS Television for the interview.
The Latest Buzz about Singer/Songwriter Donna Greenberg’s CD Mav’rik:
“Donna Greenberg is soulful!”
Otis Clay, Grammy nominated, blues and gospel recording artist, Chicago, IL
“Was lovely to see and hear you. You are a great singer.”
Beny Maissner, Cantor Emeritus, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, ON
“I’m knocked out by Donna Greenberg’s voice, the material, the musicianship and the charts!”
Alex Reynolds, CHCH News Entertainment Editor, Hamilton, Ontario
“Greenberg’s voice seems to have been born to jazz. She sells all 12 songs via crystal clear vocals.”
Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week Newspaper, Yorkton, SK
“Donna Greenberg has plenty to celebrate. Greenberg is a Mav’rik when it comes to vocals.
Murray Green, The Camrose Booster, Camrose, AB
“A nice old-fashion, easy-listening, very danceable collection. A very romantic sound.”
Roxanne Deluge, Cornwall Seaway News, Cornwall, ON
“Greenberg’s voice is warm and smooth as she glides seemingly effortlessly through a swanky mix all on a single album. Her phrasing–rather Streisand-esque! Mav’rik is the kind of jazz that’s welcome in my house any day.”
John Kereiff, Rossland Radio 101.1FM, Rossland, BC
Bob Birch Radio, United Kingdom, Jazz Artist of the Month, October 2010, You’re My Summer Peach, ‘Discovery of the Week’, Planḕte Jazz, Montreal, QC, February 2011, # 1 on the CKXU 88.3MHz Jazz Chart, Lethbridge, AB, March 2011
Features & Interviews:
Always Good News – CTS TV – Canada, May 2011, PROUD FM, 103.9, Toronto, March & May 2011, Cashbox Canada, March 2011, Woman’s Post, March 2011, Hot Toronto Magazine, February 2011, She Knows, February 2011, Canadian Jewish News, January 2011
Jazz FM.1 Café Latino, Tor., ON, CBC Radio, Fresh Air, Tor., ON, Latin Train, Ottawa, ON, CKXU, Lethbridge, AB, CKDU 88.1, Halifax, NS, CJSR 88.5, Edmonton, AB, Artists Like, Tor., ON, Radio Arcadia, Tor., ON
World FM, New Zealand, Sefronia, Grenoble, France, Baie des Ange Radios, Saint Laurnet du Var, France, Soul City Radio, Chicago, IL, Madd Radio, Chicago, IL, Musical Discoveries, Endicott, NY, WAER Radio, Syracuse, NY, Soul City Radio, Baltimore, MD, The Indie Station, Hot Springs, AR
Live broadcast from PROUD FM – April 3rd
On April 3rd, Donna will be featured on the hit radio show Front Row Centre at Proud FM. The show, hosted by Mark Andrew Lawrence, is a mainstay for audiences interested in the music of Broadway and he will talk with Donna about her favourite Broadway music plus introduce his audience to her music featuring cuts from both Mav’rik and her first CD, Stranger.
Showtime is 9:00 am on April 3rd at Proud FM – 103.9 – so join us then to hear Donna live!
Women’s Post Magazine profiles Donna Greenberg
When Donna Greenberg steps onto the stage, anxiety disappears. She remains focused, calm, and enjoys herself – it’s her time to let it out, and the audience knows it, as they hang on to every word.
Greenberg, a Toronto-based singer, songwriter, and lyricist, recently released Mav’rik, her sophomore effort. But the road to success has been filled with many obstacles.
For her entire profile, please visit Women’s Post Magazine.
CKXU 88.3MHz: Mav’rik Album holds 1st Place on the Chart!
Check out the Earshot Charts on CJSR 88.3.
CHUO Radio: Mike Bongard playing some of Mav’rik’s Latin tracks
The tracks, which have a Latin genre, include O Amado Coração, My Tearless Grief, There Was a Time and La Niña de Rosa.
Bongard’s list can be viewed by visiting his Playlist Page.
CKDU 88.1 FM: Mav’rik Album holds 16th Place on the Top 30 Chart!
Check out the Earshot Charts on CKDU 88.1.
WDGP Radio: Live Interview with Donna Greenberg
On Saturday February 19, 2011 Ms Donna Greenberg, from Toronto, Ontario, returned to Conversations to talk about and share her second CD project Mav’rik.
Mav’rik is an eclectic collection of self penned hits, beautiful instrumentation and Donna’s wonderful voice. The music moves the listener, from the romantic ballads to the beautiful lullaby to fun jazz to the spiritual, it’s a great listen It is always a joy to speak with Donna, she is so passionate about music, as am I. When I asked her why she named the project Mav’rik, she didn’t hesitate to respond that she considered herself to be a musical mav’rik in that she has studied all genres and styles. Her first CD, Stranger showed us a bit of that, but Mav’rik defines HER. This certainly one to add to you collection!
Go to WDGP Radio to listen to the interview.
Calvin Daniels Review: Mav’rik CD by Donna Greenberg
Donna Greenberg hails from Toronto, and Mav’rik is her sophomore effort.
Those not familiar with Greenberg, myself included until the arrival of this disk, she has a sound somewhere in the realm between jazz and Broadway show turns.
I love the old 1920′s gravely male vocal opening on You’re My Summer Peach. It is a nice counterbalance to Greenberg’s own smooth vocals. There is some sweet horn work on the number too.
In terms of older influence, Old Country Road takes the listener back a few decades for its influence as well.
Greenberg likes to add mood with the opening arrangements of her songs. She does it with a sort of Medieval feel opening to the beautiful Nature’s Glory. It is the prettiest number here, and the tin flute by Tom Skublics is a memorable aspect of this CD which will stay with the listener for a long time after the CD is put away.
Greenberg switches things up within the broad realm of jazz too, including the Latin La Nina de Rosa, which might seem a tad out of place, but stands as a counterpoint to the rest of the CD.
There is a gospel-inspired piece mixed in as well, with the song Praise Be.
You know how some voices seem ideally suited to a style of music? Well Greenberg’s seems to be have been born to jazz. She sells all 12 songs via crystal clear vocals.
Jazz fans will like this, and the music is accessible enough, and Greenberg’s vocals pleasing enough to satisfy a broader audience too.
— CALVIN DANIELS
From the Camrose Booster: Donna Greenberg has plenty to celebrate!
By Murray Green February 19, 2011.
Donna Greenberg has plenty to celebrate. The Toronto-based singer, songwriter and lyricist just released Mav’rik, her second CD. And what a release it was. Mav’rik is an eclectic mix of 12 original songs that she composed. The CD reflects Greenberg’s heartfelt, yet powerful lyrics in four languages with haunting melodies, brought to richness with honed musicians, producer and musical director, Jordan Klapman’s arrangements and the orchestrations of Tony Quarrington.
Mav’rik is romantic blend CD that crosses boundaries by boldly jumping genres — salsa, lullaby, Celtic folk, tango, swing, bossa nova in one album.
Before realizing her dream as a singer and songwriter, Greenberg was an accomplished choreographer, dancer and dance filmmaker. Her early influences included jazz, opera, classical music, musical theatre, and liturgical music. She graduated from The University of Toronto with a BA in English Literature. She continued her education with extensive musical training making her a sought after classical solo artist who performed in five languages, a skill set reflected in Mav’rik. Perhaps releasing the CD in different languages would draw a bigger audience.
A Tribute to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers, was Greenberg’s first foray into jazz, a one-woman show, for which she sang, danced, and wrote. Now, jazz is the mainstay of her live performances. Greenberg has been collaborating with arranger Jordan Klapman since her debut release, Stranger in 2009. Stranger hit the Top 30 chart on CIUT and continues to be played on-air worldwide. Greenberg was named Jazz Vocalist of the Month: October 2010 on Bob Birch Radio in the United Kingdom.
Greenberg’s first love is performing her fresh, original material in addition to introducing audiences to rare and unusual musical finds.
CJSR 88.5: Mav’rik Album holds 3rd Place on the Chart!
Check out the Earshot Charts on CJSR 88.5.
CBC Fresh Air: On the Show’s Playlist!
For information, visit Fresh Air.
Cornwall Seaway News: Music for Your Consideration
Another Toronto-based performer, Donna Greenberg, has released her second CD, Mav’rik, a nice old-fashion easy-listening, very danceable collection featuring a variety of genres from salsa and swing to folk and tango. A very romantic sound, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Published on February 16, 2011 by Roxanne Deluge
Hot Toronto Magazine: Sizzle Sheets – A Romantic CD Release
Donna Greenberg, the Toronto-based singer, songwriter and lyricist is celebrating the release of Mav’rik, her second CD. On February 12 at 8 p.m., Greenberg will be launching Mav’rik with a special Valentine’s Day evening concert at The Annex Live in Toronto.
For the complete story, visit Hot Toronto Magazine.
Jazz FM 91Radio: Song from ‘Mavrik’ makes their playlist!
Visit Jazz FM 91 for more information.
Planète Jazz 91.9 – Montreal’s jazz radio station
Also included on their playlist will be some other songs from her “mav’rik” album .
“mav’rik” Album Review!
January 30, 2011
By Jason Gladu
Donna Greenberg’s second release, Mav’rik exudes hopeless romantic. Whether it is a cry for forbidden lust, eternal love or someone just having their heart stomped on, she freely expresses it with the kind of music associated with a 20th Century credits roll. Greenberg and arranger Jordan Klapman have really thought about what songs fit with what style of music and they cover quite a diverse range here.
The elegant tango “The Language Of Love” begins our exploration of the Jazz songbook and features some classy solos courtesy of her flawless backing band.
This is followed up with the cheeky “You’re My Summer Peach”. Other knockouts include, the smokin’ salsa “La Nina de Rosa”, the soft blues “I Just Wanna Cry” and the Bossa Nova inspired “My Tearless Grief”…and ends with the beautiful lullaby “Berceuse”.
Mav’rik is an exploration of jazz that crosses genres, four different languages and made up of completely original material from a very talented and fresh artist.
For the full article, visit the Stage Door Music Reviews site at: http://stagedoormusicreviews.com/2011/01/30/donna-greenberg-mavrik/
SheKnows.com on Mav’rik CD Launch
Jazzing it Up!
By Kathryn Kates
Donna Greenberg — singer, songwriter and lyricist, launches her second CD Mav’rik with a special pre-Valentine’s Day concert at Toronto’s The Annex Live on February, 12 at 8 p.m.
ECLECTIC NEW RELEASE
Mav’rik is an eclectic mix of 12 original songs composed by the chanteuse herself. Mav’rik showcases Greenberg’s heartfelt lyrics in four languages. The CD enlists some of Toronto’s most in-demand musicians, producer and musical director Jordan Klapman’s arrangements and the orchestrations of Tony Quarrington.
The Toronto native’s CD crosses boundaries jumping genres — salsa, lullaby, Celtic folk, tango, swing, bossa nova, and more. In the tradition of the 20th century popular songwriters, Greenberg, as a songwriter says she brings this musical craft full-circle for the new millennium, and hopes listeners will be especially touched by her lyrics.
VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT
Greenberg will be joined on stage at her Valentine’s concert by Klapman on piano, drummer Glenn Anderson, Henry Heillig playing bass, Tom Skublics on clarinet, flute and sax, along with special guest, trumpeter Jon Seiger.
“The Valentine’s Concert is a special evening because we are bringing the music we created on Mav’rik to a live audience. From a young age I have written songs and now as a performer and recording artist, I am able to realise my dream of sharing my music on stage and seeing peoples’ reactions.
“Creating music with these musicians especially Jordan Klapman is a great experience because my music is coming alive not just through my voice, but through the interpretations of the other musicians. For me as a songwriter, it is a thrill,” Greenberg enthuses.
Prior to realising her dream as a singer and songwriter, Greenberg was an accomplished choreographer, dancer and dance filmmaker. Her early influences included jazz, opera, classical music, musical theatre, and liturgical music.
She graduated from The University of Toronto with a BA in English Literature. Greenberg continued her education with extensive musical training making her a sought after classical solo artist who has performed in many languagees, a skillset reflected in Mav’rik.
Greenberg says her first love, in addition to performing original material, is to introduce audiences to rare and unusual musical finds. A Tribute to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers, was Greenberg’s first foray into jazz, a one-woman show, for which she sang, danced, and wrote. Now, jazz is the mainstay of her live performances.
Greenberg has been collaborating with arranger Klapman since her debut release, Stranger in 2009. Stranger hit the Top 30 chart on CIUT and continues to be played on-air worldwide. Greenberg was named Jazz Vocalist of the Month: October 2010 on Bob Birch Radio in the United Kingdom.
Plans are to tour in 2011 in support of her album. When not performing, Greenberg teaches adult ballet classes, loves to read, take long walks and has a great passion for films.
Go online for more information on Donna Greenberg and Mav’rik, and The Valentine’s CD Launch at The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave. Tickets are $15, For reservations: 416.929.3999 or online at: www.theannexlive.com.
Rossland Radio Mav’rik Review
DONNA GREENBERG CD REVIEW
January 9, 2011 – 4:19pm — john kereiff
“Mav’rik” Donna Greenberg (Last Tango) ****
Here is the second album for this Toronto-based jazz chanteuse/ songwriter. It might be just the backdrop you need for Valentine’s to creative an unforgettable night.
Greenberg’s voice is warm and smooth as she glides (seemingly) effortlessly through a swanky mix of salsa, lullaby, Celtic folk, swing, tango and bossa nova, all on a single album. Prior to realizing her career as a singer, Greenberg was an accomplished choreographer, dancer and dance filmmaker. Her early influences include jazz, opera, classical music and musical theatre-all of which you can feel, in varying degrees on “Mav-rik”, particularly in her phrasing- rather Streisand-esque, I would say. Musical director/producer Jordan Klapman’s arrangements and the orchestrations of Tony Quarrington have plenty of breathing room and offer Ms. Greenberg just the right support. “Mav’rik” is the kind of jazz that’s welcome in my house ANY day.
HOT SPOTS: ‘The Language Of Love”, “La Nina de Rosa”, “O Amado Coracao”
From: Rossland Radio.