Adriana Samargia Prester, singer, pianist, guitarist
Jazz Standards, The Great American Songbook, Brazilian and Latin Jazz (Sambas / Bossa Novas)
What a stunner. We were thoroughly pleased with our evening of spectacular jazz sung by Adriana and played by her accompanist and husband Robert. They did everything from bossanovas (she sings in Portuguese too) to all the standards we know by Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella, but then also played some of the more sophisticated jazz that you simply don't hear outside of top New York clubs. She even sings Thelonius Monk songs with lyrics and scats. Robert is an artist like none other. We truly were impressed - will hire again. Thanks,
Rosa and Frank.
Response from Adriana Samargia Prester, Jazz Singer:
Hi Rosa and Frank!
You are SOOO kind to have taken the time to write this and your words brought tears to my eyes; I think you should be a professional music reviewer!!! Thank you for supporting live music and for keeping the art of jazz alive and well. We appreciate you so much.
Love and Hugs always,
Adriana & Robert
Thank you Adriana. Marc and I want to officially sign up as your biggest fans. Your voice and American songbook repertoire are exactly what we've been missing all these years, you are a Godsend!
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Adriana Samargia Prester is an American jazz singer, pianist and guitarist best known for her ageless sound, instrumental approach and vocally acrobatic and improvisatory treatment of jazz standard, Brazilian/Latin jazz and Great American Songbook classics. Her talents have spread to cartoon, television and radio through recorded roles and jingles - even voices inside of toys. Her early music education began in her home state of California surrounded and influenced by a performing arts focused family. During early college years she performed with The Fanfairs; a six-part jazz a cappella vocal group under the direction of Dr. Nile Norton. A desire to continue jazz studies brought her to Miami, then Delray Beach, Florida where she co-led Bluez Imbabwe with jazz guitarist Tom Lippincott, and years later West Palm Beach with The Adriana Samargia Jazz Quartet which featured blues drummer Chris Peet. For college recording project submissions in the early ’90’s she was honored with Downbeat Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best Jazz Vocal Soloist’ award. The foundation of solid vocal health throughout a 30 year career was set early by longtime vocal pedagogue and classical voice teacher Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp. She is married to jazz and classical concert pianist and music partner Robert Prester and is mother to baritone Josef Samargia, singer and historian Jacob Samargia and R&B vocalist Milica Samargia. The Prester-Samargia’s share their art throughout the world, but consider home base to be both Philadelphia and New York Cities.