Faye Reis


fayelreisWith several albums and singles to her credit Faye Reis is one of the Valley's most accomplished jazz vocalists. Faye has worked with jazz greats including Lou Rawls, Sarah Vaughan, Della Reese, Joe Pass, Bobbie Troup, Ray Brown and Barney Kessel, to name a few. She has also recorded with the US Air Force Airmen of Note Big Band. When asked about her influences, Faye says it starts with one of the all-time greats "Sarah Vaughan. . . and Sarah Vaughan. "I did a couple of albums with her, [but even] before I had the privilege of working with her, I really looked up to her." Reis once gave Lou Rawls gas money so they could take his car to a recording studio in Hollywood and record together. In recent years Faye Reis has recorded two CDs featuring some of the Valley's finest jazz musicians.


Simply Faye (2005) is a collection of jazz standards recorded with some of the Valley's  top musicians. identifies herself as a jazz singer, but record companies and management have always tried to make her somewhat commerical. Songs include (Call It) Stormy Monday, I Thought About You, and You Came A Long Way from St. Louis. With the help and direction of pianist Vince DiCiccio, Faye has put her true jazz feel into this material. "Its good listening in terms of being able to kick back and listen to the soft jazz," Reis says. "If you like the old standards, there’s plenty of them."

"In A Mellow Tone" (2008) is a selection of songs and styles from Jazz to Brazilian Bosa Nova and Samba. Trombonist and Arranger Les Nunes shows what he can do with a song, both on the trombone and as well as vocals. Joe Lizama, longtime drummer for singer Johnny Mathis, lends his expertise with arrangements and ideas as well as drums and percussion. Ron Catalano shows his talents in arranging with "Teach Me Tonight". Finally, Marco Tulio Rodriguez adds his distinctive Latin Jazz sounds on keyboard. Young jazz mandolin virtuoso Eva Scow lends a Brazilian touch to the material. "Too Often," an original song written by Earl and Melba Watson is featured as a samba and is sung in both English and Portuguese. The tune was written years ago for the Mills Brothers but never recorded. It languished in a dresser drawer in their home for over 50 years. The new rendition of it is exciting and current. Lloyd Williams (of “Animal House” the movie) is featured on a duet with Faye on the song "Teach Me Tonight."