Virna

“Virna is informed by her fine melodic sensitivity, her sophisticated understanding of the jazz tradition and above all, her characteristically rich, soul-drenched feel. DRUM MEDIA Having released her highly acclaimed, debut album in 2005, Virna Sanzone, is emerging as one of Australia’s most captivating singers. Deeply soulful, yet with the ability to sail effortlessly through the most intricate jazz melodies, her passionate delivery and understated approach have seen her compared to vocal masters from Roberta Flack and KD Lang to Shirley Horne.

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“Virna is informed by her fine melodic sensitivity, her sophisticated understanding of the jazz tradition and above all, her characteristically rich, soul-drenched feel.”
DRUM MEDIA

Having released her highly acclaimed, debut album in 2005, Virna Sanzone, is emerging as one of Australia’s most captivating singers. Deeply soulful, yet with the ability to sail effortlessly through the most intricate jazz melodies, her passionate delivery and understated approach have seen her compared to vocal masters from Roberta Flack and KD Lang to Shirley Horne.

One of the few singers ever to be accepted into the prestigious jazz course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, over the past decade Virna has worked consistently both in Australia and overseas, winning the admiration and respect of audiences and contemporaries alike.

Virna has performed extensively with her own band at a long list of festivals and events. Most recently she performed at the 2008 Sydney Festival, as part of the Jazz Divas Series, at the 2007 Spirit of Soul Festival, the 2007 Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, and the 2007 Darling Harbour Jazz Festival.

Highly regarded by her peers, Virna has also been invited to perform in bands led by jazz luminaries such as Judy Bailey at Sunday’s Round the House (Sydney Opera House), Matthew McMahon at the 2005 Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and most recently with her long-time collaborator, Gerard Masters at the 2006 Jazz:Now Festival, held at the Sydney Opera House. She also performs regularly for SIMA, the Sydney Improvised Music Association and Sydney’s Jazzgroove Association.

Though her roots are firmly planted in the fertile ground that resides between soul and jazz, Virna has been an integral part of projects that have seen her move across a diverse range of genres, most recently lending her voice to Delta Goodrem’s live shows.

Songlist

JAZZ STANDARDS

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ My One & Only Love
  • All Blues My Romance
  • All Of Me My Shining Hour
  • All The Things You Are My Ship
  • Almost Like Being In Love Nature Boy
  • Angel Eyes Nearness Of You
  • At Last Never Let Me Go
  • Autumn Leaves Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Beautiful Friendship Night & Day
  • Beautiful Love No Moon At All
  • Besame Mucho Old Devil Moon
  • Blame It On My Youth On A Clear Day
  • But Beautiful Once I Loved
  • Bye Bye Blackbird One Note Samba
  • Can’t We Be Friends Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • Caravan Pennies From Heaven
  • Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
  • Close Your Eyes Recado Bossa Nova
  • Comes Love Round Midnight
  • Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars) Save Your Love For Me
  • Day By Day Since I Fell For You
  • Day In The Life Of A Fool Skylark
  • Detour Ahead Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  • Desafinado So In Love
  • Dindi Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me Someone To Light Up My Life
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Fever Sometimes I’m Happy
  • Fly Me To The Moon Song For My Father
  • For All We Know The Song Is You
  • Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You So Nice (Summer Samba)
  • Ghost Of A Chance Stella By Starlight
  • Girl From Ipanema Stormy Weather
  • Girl Talk Summertime
  • Hallelujah I Love Him So Sway
  • Honeysuckle Rose Tangerine
  • How High The Moon Teach Me Tonight
  • I Could Write A Book Tenderly
  • If You Never Come To Me That’s All
  • I’ll Remember April There Is No Greater Love
  • In A Mellow Tone There Will Never Be Another You
  • In A Sentimental Mood These Foolish Things
  • Insensatez (How Insensitive) They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • I Remember You This Masquerade
  • I Thought About You Triste
  • It Could Happen To You Tuxedo Junction
  • It’s All Right With Me Very Thought Of You
  • I’ve Got The World On A String Vivo Sonhando
  • I’ve Never Been In Love Before Wait Till You See Him
  • La Vie En Rose Watch What Happens
  • Lazy Afternoon Wave
  • Let’s Fall In Love Way You Look Tonight
  • Like A Lover We’ll Be Together Again
  • Like Someone In Love West Coast Blues
  • Little Boat What A Difference A Day Made
  • Love For Sale What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
  • Loverman What A Wonderful World
  • Lullabye Of Birdland What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Makin’ Whoopee When I Fall In Love
  • Meditation Willow Weep For Me
  • Misty You Don’t Know What Love Is
  • Mood Indigo You Go To My Head
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me You’re My Thrill
  • My Foolish Heart Your Mind Is On Vacation
  • My Funny Valentine You’ve Changed

CONTEMPORARY / SOUL

  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • And I Love Him – Beatles
  • A Change Is Gonna Come
  • As – Stevie Wonder
  • Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
  • Back To Love – Brand New Heavies
  • Bird Of Beauty – Stevie Wonder
  • Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
  • By Your Side – Sade
  • Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
  • Come Back Baby – Ray Charles
  • Come To Mamma – Anne Peebles
  • Compared To What – Roberta Flack / Les McCann
  • Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  • Creepin’ – Stevie Wonder
  • Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson / D’Angelo
  • Dancin’ In The Street – Martha And The Vandellas
  • Daydreamin’ – Aretha Franklin
  • Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
  • Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder/Incognito
  • Dr Feelgood – Aretha Franklin
  • Fallen – Lauren Wood
  • Family Affair – Sly and the Family Stone
  • Feel Like Makin’ Love – Roberta Flack /D’Angelo
  • Fields Of Gold – Sting / Eva Cassidy
  • Fire & Rain – James Taylor
  • Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
  • Groove Me – King Floyd
  • Groovin’ – Aretha Franklin
  • Hallelujah I Love Him So – Ray Charles
  • Have A Talk With God – Stevie Wonder
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison
  • Heading In The Right Direction – Renee Geyer
  • Heaven Help – Lenny Kravitz / Angie Stone
  • Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
  • How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – Marvin Gaye / James Taylor
  • I Can’t Stand The Rain – Anne Peebles
  • I Don’t Wanna Wait In Vain – Bob Marley
  • I Feel For You – Prince / Chaka Khan
  • I Feel Good – James Brown
  • If I Were Your Woman – Gladys Knight / Alicia Keys
  • I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
  • I Got The Right Street – Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – Donny Hathaway
  • I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down – Anne Peebles
  • Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye
  • In The Dark – Nina Simone
  • In The Mood – Jon Cleary
  • In Your Arms Again – Curtis Mayfield
  • I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Jealous Guy – Donny Hathaway
  • Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers
  • Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack/Fugees
  • Kissing My Love – Bill Withers
  • Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
  • Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • Let Us Love – Bill Withers
  • (The) Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
  • Love To The People – Curtis Mayfield
  • Midnight At The Oasis – Brand New Heavies
  • Moondance – Van Morrison
  • Natural Woman – Carol King/Aretha Franklin
  • Never Let Me Go – Aretha Franklin
  • Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  • Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
  • Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Someday We’ll All Be Free – Donny Hathaway
  • Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  • Songbird – Fleetwood Mac / Eva Cassidy
  • Son Of A Preacherman – Dusty Springfield
  • Stand By Me – Percy Sledge
  • Still A Friend Of Mine – Incognito
  • Sunny
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Sweet Love – Anita Baker
  • Sweet Thing – Chaka Khan
  • Tell Me – Groove Theory
  • Tell Me Something Good – Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
  • Thank You – Dido
  • There’s Nothing Like This – Omar
  • Tryin Times – Roberta Flack
  • Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin
  • Use Me – Bill Withers
  • Walkin’ In The Sun – Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
  • Walk On By – Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach
  • We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  • What A Man – Lynda Lydell
  • What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye/Donny Hathaway
  • Who Is He – Bill Withers / Meshell Ndegocello
  • Woman’s Gotta Have It – Bobby Womack/Wendy Matthews
  • You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King / Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway

Italian songs

  • Anema E Core
  • Arrivederci Roma
  • Come Prima
  • Io So Che Ti Amero
  • Luna Rossa
  • Na Voce Na Chitarra E O Poco ‘E Luna
  • Quando Quando Quando
  • Rose Rosse Per Te
  • Si E Spento Il Sole
  • T’ho Voluto Bene
  • Ti Si Na Cosa Grande
  • Volare

and many more!and many more!