Announcing the return of Cole Porter show and CD release!

After a tremendous debut of Joan Curto Sings Cole Porter, from major to minor, in February The show will return to Chicago, July 11, 12, 19 & 20 at Davenports, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. To coincide with the return of the shows, that has received rave reviews and played to sell out houses, Joan will be releasing a New CD of the same name! This is her first recording in 9 years and features 7 songs that are part of the show This new extended play recording features some of Chicago’s finest musicians: Beckie Menzie on piano, Jim Cox on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums and features 7 songs from the show.

cd_mayisuggestMay I Suggest?
Debut CD and Digital Download available NOW!

album price
JOAN CURTO: May I Suggest? $15.97
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J2 records is proud to announce the CD release of “May I Suggest,” the highly anticipated debut from acclaimed vocalist Joan Curto. Praised by the Chicago Sun Times for her “bold, brassy voice,” the recording is a winning collection of classic ballads, standards and jazz favorites. With Joan’s musical versatility, the CD is a showcase for what After Dark Chicago calls “a voice that can pierce the listeners heart as equally as it caresses the ear.

Performed in Joan’s heartwarming and emotive vocal styling, May I Suggest features the classic sounds of Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser to the more contemporary works of Amanda McBroom, Julie Gold, Susan Wernerand Don McLean.

Among the CD’s highlights are Joan’s exciting version of Mr Monotony, along with a horn section, bringing the dynamics of a big band sound. Her tender reading of the title cut features the lush sounds of a string quartet. Other standouts include Joan’s energetic Shakin The Blues Away and the emotional closing song written by Best Song Grammy Award winner Julie Gold, entitled Goodnight, New York.

And Joan’s haunting delivery of It Never Entered My Mind, is alone, worth the reason to own the CD.

Providing the musical backdrop to what the Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express calls Joan’s “powerhouse of a voice,” are some of the nation’s most sought after musicians, including Scott Mason on bass and Phil Grattaeu on drums. The multi-talented Bobby Schiff, Beckie Menzie (recently featured at Carnegie Hall) and After Dark Award winner Dan Stetzel supply the stunning arrangements, as well as keyboard duties. Together, they create the glorious musical landscape for May I Suggest.

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Review: ( my first and hopefully not my last!)

Jeff Rossen, Cabaret Scenes

May I Suggest?

(JJ Music)

Confession: When an artist whose work has been the stuff of many hours of pleasure comes back with a new offering, there’s a mix of anticipation and hesitation — anticipation of experiencing some fresh creations; hesitation over the “what if” of not feeling the joy of the past. And when a favorite performer delivers a first recording, those feelings are multiplied manyfold. But when Joan Curto’s debut album, May I Suggest?, starts spinning, the latter feeling vanishes and the former is rewarded over and over again. For those who’ve followed her career over the years, May I Suggest? plays as almost a greatest hits package, revisiting moments from her live performances that have made her one of Chicago’s top cabaret artists. The ease with which she shifts between the jaunty snap of Comes Love and Happy As the Day Is Long and devastating passion of How Deep Is the Ocean and It Never Entered My Mind creates a fully colored portrait of her talent, her inviting guilelessness drawing the listener’s ear and heart close for the confessional beauty and pain in Susan Werner’s title song and Much At All. Has there been a purer, more affecting interpretation of And I Love You So or a more poignant How Deep Is the Ocean? Not that these ears have heard. Confession: May I Suggest? will end up high on the list of the year’s best come December. (****)

cd_coleporterSings Cole Porter
CD and Digital Download available NOW!

album price
JOAN CURTO: Sings Cole Porter $9.99
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