Sherie Julianne Friedlander

Sherie Julianne Friedlander


   19 Turner Drive, Novato, CA, 94949

Short bio

Growing up in a jazz-loving household, San Francisco Bay Area vocalist
Sherie Julianne was raised on bossa nova and bebop. But her path to
singing Brazilian music was long and discursive, with many a twist
along the way. After more than a decade of devoting herself to the vast
and treasure-filled Brazilian Songbook, she makes an emphatic statement
with her wondrous debut album 10 Degrees South. Collaborating with
master pianist, arranger, and producer Marcos Silva, a Rio de Janeiro
native who has worked extensively with legendary Brazilian and American
jazz musicians, she introduces herself with an enchanting and
sophisticated collection of songs by composers such as João Donato,
Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Menescal, Jobim, and Chico

“I can’t explain exactly what it was but I fell completely, totally and
utterly in love with Brazilian music and started listening to it all
the time,” Julianne says. “I’m American, not a native Brazilian, and I
wanted to find music that fits my personality, that speaks to my
American roots, while being immersed in Brazilian rhythms.”

She doesn’t pretend to be Brazilian, but Julianne possesses a
translucent honey-amber voice ideally suited for the lithe and flowing
melodies that distinguish so many Brazilian standards. Her supple sense
of time and her facility at brisk tempos makes her a double threat,
emotionally incisive on ballads and fearless on breakneck arrangements.
She’s joined by a superlative cast of musicians who have also been
mentored by Silva, including veteran saxophonist/flautist Mary Fettig
and the dynamic rhythm section tandem of drummer Phil Thompson and
bassist Scott Thompson (no relation). Ace guitarist Jeff Buenz rounds
out the ensemble.

Born and raised in Miami, Julianne grew up in a close-knit family where
her father’s experiences soaking up jazz and Latin music in New York
City reverberated through the years. “He was a huge jazz fan, and there
was always music in the house,” she recalls. “We had Stan Getz, Astrud
Gilberto, Sonny Stitt, Lockjaw Davis. He took me to jam sessions.” She
studied violin and played in various ensembles through college, and
sang in her middle school and high school choruses. But by high school
her primary creative outlet was modern dance. Julianne led a dance
company while earning a fine arts degree from the University of
Florida, and moved to the Bay Area in the late 1980s to pursue her love
of dance.

While studying at ODC Julianne often found herself in classes
accompanied by percussionists, an experience that forged her powerful
rhythmic sensibility. “It helped so much with Brazilian music,” she
says. “In dance, feeling the music inside yourself in essential. Your
body is the art form, and the rhythm moves in you and through you.”
While she continued to study and teach dance for many years, Julianne
eventually followed her love of jazz and started taking lessons with
the respected Bay Area jazz singer Daria. Before long she discovered
Berkeley’s Jazzschool (now the California Jazz Conservatory), and Rio
de Janeiro-raised piano master Marcos Silva. Attending Dennis
Broughton’s Brazil Camp in Cazadero, she deepened her knowledge, while
befriending celebrated artists like Guinga and Chico Pinheiro.

She started performing around San Francisco with Silva and the
Thompsons in Sol do Brasil. Now working under her own name, Julianne is
quick to credit Silva as her essential collaborator. While Julianne has
made the transition from student to colleague with Silva, their
creative relationship continues to evolve, with a regular flow of new
arrangements. With 10 Degrees South, Sherie Julianne delivers more than
an impressive debut. She leaves you eagerly anticipating what songs
she’ll interpret next, the sure mark of a truly engaging artist.