TERESE GENECCO - BIO
Terese Genecco (pronounced "Teh-REECE Jeh-NECK-oh") & her 8-piece "little big band" is currently the "longest-running nightclub act on Broadway," appearing as a headliner at The Iridium jazz club on the last Tuesday of every month. March 26, 2013 marks their 4th anniversary there with more than 90 performances.
Before relocating to New York City, Terese was named the San Francisco-Bay Area's "Entertainer of the Year" after winning the debut category and the overall title in a 2003 Cabaret competition there. Since then, Genecco has appeared on both coasts and around the world in major jazz and concert venues and has garnered many more awards and nominations, including two 2013 MAC Award nominations for Major Artist and Best CD/Recording; three BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award nominations for Best Female Vocalist, Best CD/Recording and Show Of The Year; a 2012 Bistro Award and two 2012 MAC Awards for Major Artist and Show Of The Year; a 2010 MAC Award nomination for Major Artist; three 2011 Out Music Award nominations; a 2009 MAC Award win for Female Vocalist; a 2009 OUT Music Award win for Best Cabaret/Theatre/Comedy Song; a 2008 MAC Award win for Best Recording; a 2007 Bistro Award for Best Tribute Show; a 2008 MAC Award nomination for Outstanding Female Vocalist; a 2006 MAC Award nomination for Female Debut Vocalist; and was named to Time Out New York Magazine's Top Ten Best Cabaret Shows of the Year List in 2006 and again in 2007. Genecco was also voted one of the Top Ten Best Cabaret Performers and one of the Top Ten Best CD's of 2007 in the Cabaret Hotline Online Members Choice Awards and the Top Ten Best Vocal CD's of 2007 in Rob Lester's 'Sound Advice' column on TheaterMania.com. She is included in the list of the Top 50 Most Influential People in New York City Cabaret by NiteLifeExchange.com.
Prior to her current run on Broadway at The Iridium, Genecco was best known for her own jazz-musical creation, "DRUNK WITH LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO FRANCES FAYE!" This show had its world premiere in San Francisco, where it opened at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in July 2005, and ran for five consecutive weeks before moving to New York City for multiple engagements at The Encore Showroom and more than a dozen performances at The Metropolitan Room.
Genecco was the late-night headliner during all of 2008 at The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco where she appeared with her 7-piece *little big band* in their raucous Vegas-style nightclub act, "Last Call!" on Saturday nights at 10:30pm. Genecco has opened for Grammy-Winning producer/singer STEVE TYRELL at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, headlined the legendary FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL and the MAIN STAGE at San Francisco PRIDE, and has twice appeared in the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention in Rose Hall at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New York City. In 2011, Genecco toured Australia and New Zealand with fellow New York City jazz vocalist SHAYNEE RAINBOLT, playing to sold out crowds at The Basement Jazz Club in Sydney, Australia, The Turner Centre in Kerikeri, and The Raye Freedman Arts Center in Auckland, New Zealand in a salute to composer/arranger Russell Garcia for his 95th Birthday. Rainbolt and Genecco gave two award-winning US tribute concerts to Garcia in November 2011 at Yoshi's Oakland and The Iridium NYC. Garcia passed away just two weeks later.
Terese recorded her 2008 MAC Award-winning debut CD, "DRUNK WITH LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO FRANCES FAYE!" (her live tribute show) over a week in October of 2006 at The Metropolitan Room in NYC. It was released on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label in April of 2007 and can be considered a companion piece to Ms. Faye's "Caught In The Act" LP's which are currently available through GNP Crescendo Records and distributed online through iTunes, Amazon.com and other music retailers.
Genecco also went into Midtown Sound recording studios in NYC to record her debut single, "If I Was A Boy," now available through CDBABY.COM, iTunes, Amazon.com, etc. The song was written by Maria Gentile and Caren Cole and was nominated for "Love Song Of The Year" and "Single of The Year" by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts in December 2010. Sean Harkness plays guitars and bass and Joe Abba is on drums.
"Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band Live From The Iridium NYC" was released on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label on March 20, 2012 and was recorded live at The Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on October 12, 2012.
Ms. Genecco is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (BFA in Music Theater) and has appeared in various stage productions, concerts, and solo shows. In addition to her studies at the Syracuse University Drama Department, she has studied voice, piano, percussion, guitar, dance, composition, arrangement, choreography, and acting at the Hochstein School of Music (an Eastman affiliate,) The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Carnegie-Mellon and Penn State University summer conservatory programs, and with Daniel Marek of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Genecco was lead singer and guitarist in the all-girl rock band, TREMR. She has also penned a full-length stage play, “The Quarry,” which was produced at Pyramid Theater in Rochester, NY; and she has written and performed stand-up comedy and spoken-word poetry. She is the owner of Mulligan Productions, an entertainment and performing arts management company with divisions in several disciplines including BUG:OUT:MUSIC (artist management, recording, distribution); BUG:OUT:MEDIA (live performance video and editing services); BUG:OUT:DESIGN (graphic arts, photo retouching, poster and postcard design, logo, and branding for performing artists); BUG:OUT:STAGE (live theater production); and BUG:OUT:ART (promotion and management for visual artists.)