Nancy Marano

 dedicated to empowering singers to become complete musicians 


Nancy Marano has been lauded as a distinctive musical talent in a New Yorker profile by Whitney Balliett.  She has also been profiled by Billy Taylor and Charles Kurault on the exalted CBS Sunday Morning TV program, The Wall Street Journal, Jazz Improv Magazine, and by NPR “Crossover." She has recorded 8 CD's as a leader. And one with the 62 piece Dutch Metropole Orchestra which features

the arrangements of Manny Albam. Her other CD's feature Gerry Mulligan, Michel Legrand, Dick Hyman, Roger Kellaway, Claudio Roditi.and has appeared at many international jazz festivals.

She is a much sought after clinician internationally, and offers private lessons, workshops and clinics in New York.  Nancy heads the jazz voice program at William Paterson University and taught jazz voice and ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music for 20 years. 

"Listening to Nancy Marano is a real joy. Her talent goes beyond the ordinary : a beautiful voice, great craftsmanship, and

  musicianship.  Also possessing considerable skill at the piano, she accompanies herself and others as only a singer/pianist can.

Nancy’s comprehensive book now makes this great artist’s priceless guidance available to jazz vocalists around the globe.”

Mulgrew Miller
Barry Harris

"Nancy is the only one I know who could write this book.  She is also a pianist and has created a unique vocal/piano system which will develop the ear of everyone who masters this material.  Get the book, do the work, and become a more complete musician. In Nancy Marano I have met a true colleague, both as teacher and a performer."

“Nancy Marano sings songs as they were meant to be sung. With a wonderful warm sound, she delivers a song with a deep respect for the lyric. Her unerring musicality and sense of time enables her to fit beautifully in ensembles of any size. Working with Nancy is pure pleasure. As a teacher, Nancy’s experience, knowledge, taste and dedication put her in a class by herself.” 

Benny Carter
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Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, pianist, and educator Nancy Marano offers a unique voice and piano system designed to develop the ear and basic skills of any singer who wishes to become a complete musician. Learn to coordinate your voice, ear, hands and brain, using these breathing, rhythm, and ear-training exercises. Specific weekly lessons are assigned for vocalists to play and sing each exercise. Previous piano skills are not required. Beginning at a remedial level, and increasing in difficulty, Studies include: building skills through exercises (singing AND playing): intervals, melodies, jazz rhythms, chords, and blues - with emphasis on pitch. Musicianship for the Jazz Vocalist is an  indispensable companion for both beginners and advanced singers.  There are weekly lesson assignments - proceed at your own pace, with Nancy’s guidance.   Click for:

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Musicianship for the Jazz Vocalist

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Voice (60 mins)

Back to Basics!  Pitch and Sound!  Discovering  your unique voice and musicality,

        as you develop a real ‘command' of both the Ballad, and the Swing Styles.

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Jean McClelland   Vocalist  and Teacher of Alexander Technique

Nancy Marano brings to her teaching the very qualities that make her such a gifted and communicative singer: brilliant musicianship, authenticity, and a constant demand on herself to use her voice in the service of music. Nancy has a unique ability to inspire and empower her students to explore the full range of their abilities, no matter what their level of talent. To witness how rapidly her students improve is validation that Nancy Marano is among an elite group of master teachers.

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Alexis Cole,

Vocalist and Professor at SUNY Purchase

Nancy was my teacher for two years of Undergrad.  She got me on the right track, meticulously learning the songs, so I could play with them from a place of deep understanding.  She's tough in all the right ways.  She laid the groundwork for my teaching style, emphasizing musicianship, spoken style singing and proper intonation.

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Professional Vocalist

I have studied with Nancy in the USA and in Holland, She is my heroine of jazz singing. In master classes, her knowledge and ability command the respect of everyone in the room. In a loving way, Nancy takes the time to listen, and with her wonderful sense of humor offers honest criticism in a way that makes the student feel safe and nurtured. I recommend attending her performance after your lesson. She walks the walk!

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Nancy Marano
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