"A very sweet & naughty" sound (JazzLives) steeped in the tradition of the jazz golden era, Svetlana and her Delancey Five combine sultry soulful vocals with virtuoso instrumental performances so infectious they'll sweep you off your feet & steal your heart away!
"Led by energetic vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian, the quintet co-stars Adrian Cunningham on clarinet and tenor (shining on "Lester Leaps In") while Dalton Ridenhour piano work ensures that the group splits the difference between Fat Waller's Rhythm and Counts Basie's Kansas City Five" (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal, 9.15.12) and also features "the native guitar wizard" (JazzLive) Ted Gottsegen, Rob Garcia, “…one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York) and “a prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” (Time Out-New York) and powerful and in-demand New York city bassist Brandi Disterheft ("She has the same lope or ryhthmical pulse as my late bass player, Ray Brown. She is what we call serious ." - Oscar Peterson). The record also features legendary drummer Steve Little (who performed and recorded with Duke Ellington) and Jim Fryer (on trumpet, trombone and euphonium).
The bandleader, Svetlana Shmulyian, fronts the group with the voice that is at once tender, warm and vulnerable - with unexpected edge and power of a seasoned vocalist. Having been called an "energetic vocalist" (Wall Street Journal), "jazz experimentalist" (Broadway World) with the "strong vocals" (Socially Superlative), an "exquisite gift to musical gourmands" (Jewish World), a chanteuse who "gives the audiences a dose of modern jazz vocals" (Time Out NY) with her "fine graceful singing" (JazzLives), who is "in her element when she swings" and "[makes] hot jazz ...sound cool" (Blue Monk Moods), Svetlana Shmulyian is a raising star of New York music scene. With full-house shows at such legendary venues as Zinc Bar, Smalls, and Barbes, Svetlana has invariably earned accolades from fellow jazz musicians, audiences, and press alike with her poised and charming stage presence, gorgeous vocals and strong musicianship.
Svetlana Shmulyian – vocals;
Adrian Cunningham - reeds/vocals
Jim Fryer - trombone
Dalton Ridenhouer - piano
Ted Gottsegen - guitar
Steve Little - drums
Brandi Disterheft – bass