It Ain't Necessarily So
About the music:
Co-led by Kelsey Jillette and Tony Romano, The Americas Project performs North and South American folk music. With cajon, assorted percussion, upright bass, nylon-string guitar and vocals, the distinctive acoustic quartet plays music that's rootsy, soulful and melodic. Come see us monthly at the famed 55 Bar in Greenwich Village!
Jillette sings lyrical, soulful takes on favorite songs across genres. Described as expressive, earthy, playful yet stirring, her distinctive sound illuminates Jazz standards, Latin tunes, folk songs and classic R&B so that each song is uniquely her own.
The versatile NYC-based jazz vocalist is in her 7th year as a regular performer at the famed 55 Bar in NYC's Greenwich Village. She has been featured twice on the national Joey Reynolds Show as well as on Radam Schwartz's album "Songs for the Soul" on Arabesque Records. Jillette has been a resident performer at The Pierre Hotel, The Hotel Plaza Athenee and Swing 46 Supper Club. Fluent in Spanish since early childhood, she also sings in Portuguese and has recorded two children’s albums for the Barcelona-based children’s workshop, Dansasi as well as several independent releases with her trio and quartet. She released the 2009 album "The Water is Wide” (CAP 2016) and is working on a debut album with The Americas Project. Most recently, she cowrote the theme music for the upcoming PBS documentary, "School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom", set to air on national prime time in the fall. Born in Washington, D.C., Kelsey Jillette holds degrees in Theater Arts (Brown University) and Jazz Performance (New School University).
Jillette co-leads the acoustic quartet The Americas Project and fronts both the 1950's jazz quartet The Lovesome and The Big Bang Big Band, a classic 10-piece band.
Tony Romano, guitarist:
Tony Romano has been active in the New York music scene for many years as a guitarist, music director, arranger, and teacher. Just Jazz Guitar Magazine recently wrote “his tone is beautiful and soulful, and his remarkable technique is a servant to his rich musical imagination and broad harmonic palette”.
With a wide range of playing styles, Tony has toured worldwide and performed with many notable Latin, Jazz, and pop/broadway artists, including Joe Bataan, Dave Valentine, Candido Camero, Yomo Toro, Randy Brecker, Joel Frahm, Tim Armacost, Thomas Chapin, Brit Woodman, Santi DeBriano, Steve LaSpina, Stanley Jordan, Debbie Gibson, Alex Gemignani, Mary Foster Conklin, Janice Hall, Chuck Cooper, and Frank Wright. Tony’s guitar work can be heard on all 52 episodes of the BBC’s show "Third and Bird”. He has also performed for the Discovery Channel’s mini series “Going, Going, Gone!” as well as on NPR Broadcasts, and appearances on the NBC Today show in New York, Telemundo (New Jersey) and the ABC Morning Show in both Chicago and Atlanta. Tony is adjunct faculty at Five Towns College, a "Teaching Artist" for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, as well as an instructor for The National Guitar Workshop. He has an MA in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY.
Daniel Foose, bassist:
He has performed alongside many notable musicians including Kenny Werner, John McNeil, Diane Moser, Andrew Green, Rudy Royston, Benjamin Koppel, Steve Davis (drummer), Junior Mance, Bjorn Solli, Mark Marino, Dave Eggar, Jay Azzolina, Jeff Hirschfield, Ron Affif, Ed Soph, Stefan Karllson and Brad Shepik, among many others.
David Silliman, percussionist:
Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David's exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical performance. He's also comfortable playing in the pit of a Broadway show or with the New Jersey Symphony. David has over 20 years of experience and has performed for concerts and festivals in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, the North Sea, Monterey, Uruguay and Lithuania. Highlights of Silliman's past work include concert tours with Al DiMeola, Cassandra Wilson, and Leslie Uggams. He also has performed with Aretha Franklin in New York, and is featured on the VH1 Divas 2001 concert.