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Terese Genecco Live!: Bio

TERESE GENECCO - Vocalist/Bandleader

For five years and 100 performances, TERESE GENECCO and Her Little Big Band was a monthly headliner at the world-renowned jazz club, The Iridium, in New York City where they became known as the "longest-running nightclub act on Broadway!"  Genecco originally jumped on the cabaret/jazz live music scene with her acclaimed tribute to nightclub entertainer Frances Faye (Drunk With Love) that has charmed audiences and critics alike worldwide since its San Francisco and New York City debuts in 2005.

Among many accolades, this production earned Genecco a place on Time Out New York Magazine’s Top Ten Best Cabaret Shows of the Year list in 2006 and a Bistro Award in 2007.  The live CD ”Drunk With Love:A Tribute To Frances Faye!” was awarded the MAC Award for Best Recording in 2008 (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) and appeared on several Top Ten CD lists, including Talkin’ Broadway and Cabaret Hotline Online.

Terese next turned her passion for musical theater and film history toward the Broadway and Hollywood career of composer Arthur Schwartz. She debuted “Alone Together” at New York’s Metropolitan Room with musical collaborator, Barry Lloyd.  This production subsequently played a two-week engagement at The Plush Room in San Francisco, while “Drunk With Love” continued to be booked for additional performances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In the Winter of 2006, Terese appeared at The Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs in a Musical Chairs production of “The Night And The Music,” co-starring cabaret luminaries Julie Wilson and Steve Ross. Terese garnered an award for Outstanding Supporting Female Singer in a Cabaret/Concert Series from the Desert Theatre League for her performances there. In the Summer of 2007, Terese was cast in the Esses Productions creation of “Judy Judy Judy,” celebrating the songs most closely associated with the legendary Judy Garland.

Terese’s many concert appearances include The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz @ Lincoln Center in New York City; The Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation’s “Help Is On The Way” concerts at The Palace of Fine Arts and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco; and the Brownville Concert Series in Brownville, NE. Other notable appearances include opening for Grammy-Winner Steve Tyrell at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, headlining the famed Fillmore Street Jazz Festival in San Francisco, a headlining engagement at The Peppermill Hotel & Casino in Reno, NV, multiple concert events featuring the legendary Latin percussionist, Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo in San Francisco’s [former] Rrazz Room and at The M Bar in Hollywood, and several sold-out concert events in Australia and New Zealand with the legendary composer/arranger/conductor Russell Garcia, award-winning NYC jazz singer Shaynee Rainbolt, and New Zealand's superstar entertainer/producer Tim Beveridge.

Terese returned to New York’s Metropolitan Room in 2007 with “Drunk With Love: The Sequel” where she received another MAC Award nomination for Outstanding Female Vocalist and once again appeared on Time Out New York’s Top Ten List.  In February of 2008, Terese (along with her 7-member “little big band”) was contracted to perform an open-ended run at The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, where she appeared for over 24 performances (the final shows with special guest star Lea DeLaria, star of the Netflix Original Series "Orange Is The New Black") before moving to New York City.

Terese returned to San Francisco for the Rrazz Room Anniversary show in March 2009, where she appeared with Petula Clark, Rita Moreno, Paul Williams, Freda Payne, and other entertainment industry luminaries.

In March of 2010, Genecco debuted a brand new show in New York City, celebrating the life and career of the King Of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley.  Accompanied by solo guitar virtuoso Sean Harkness on baritone guitar, the two musicians presented the very first 1958 RCA full-length recording by Elvis, in its entirety, live, from start to finish.  For these duo performances, each of the arrangements were uniquely designed by Genecco and Harkness.  Genecco did months of research to present not only a remarkably engaging musical experience but also a thoroughly educational exploration of the creation of our nation's very first mega-star.  This show played again in July 2010 at The Triad Theater in NYC, in December 2010 at The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in June 2011 at The Arts Alliance on Fire Island.

In 2010, Genecco was nominated for a MAC Award for Outstanding Major Artist and appeared at the 24th Annual MAC Awards on May 4, 2010 at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC.  Genecco was also nominated for an Out Music Award in three separate categories.  In 2009, Genecco won the MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist and an Out Music Award for Outstanding Theater/Comedy/Cabaret Song.  In March of 2012, Genecco won two MAC Awards for Show Of The Year and for Outstanding Major Artist and another Bistro Award for her participation in the 95th Birthday Tribute to Russell Garcia.  She was also nominated for three NYC Cabaret Awards in 2012 and was included in the Top 50 Most Influential People in New York City Cabaret list by

In 2013, Terese appeared in multiple performances of "Broadway Swings" at Feinstein’s/54 Below ("Broadway's Supper Club") with co-stars Natalie Douglas and Scott Coulter (hosted and created by Phil Geoffrey Bond) and accompanied by The Barry Levitt Trio.  She was also the regular "sidekick" and drummer in the TCG Band in the popular concert series "Concerts for City Greens," produced and hosted by Broadway star Raissa Katona Bennett.  Genecco also staged performances at the new Cutting Room in NYC with her Little Big Band and special guest stars Lea DeLaria and jazz singers Marilyn Maye and Shaynee Rainbolt.  She also collaborated with Rainbolt and ABC Daytime TV Star Ilene Kristen for "Pride Rocks" at The Cutting Room NYC (produced by ScoBar Entertainment and BUG:OUT:MUSIC) to benefit the Brooklyn Pride Center.  Later that month, Genecco and band appeared on the main stage of New York City's Pride Rally with guest vocalists Scott Barbarino and the larger-than-life Doris Dear.

Genecco next appeared in“The Amanda McBroom Project,” created and hosted by Broadway star Eric Michael Gillett that featured a rotating cast of more than 30 of New York City's finest female cabaret stars.  She returned in a featured role to the smaller cast production in March of 2014.

Also in 2013, Genecco served as the Host/MC and featured soloist with The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band at Symphony Space in NYC and performed as a vocalist and as drummer at The Mabel Mercer Foundation's 24th Annual Cabaret Convention at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz @ Lincoln Center in New York City which led to her personal invitation from producer Fran Weissler to audition for the role of MATRON MAMA MORTON in the long-running Broadway show CHICAGO.  Genecco rounded out the year with an annual performance at Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church in New York City and in a brand new holiday show (“Have Yourself A Merry Little Big Band!”) with her Little Big Band at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Terese was cast in the role of “BEAST” for the TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited) Staged Reading of the new musical, Brindlebeast! in early 2014 and she was the Host/MC of the MAC Awards Show at B.B. King’s Blues Club.  She appeared as a cast member in the show “54 Sings Applause” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC alongside original cast members Len Cariou, LeRoy Reams, and Penny Fuller.  Genecco celebrated her milestone 100th performance with the Little Big Band at The Iridium Jazz Club in May of 2014 and continued her role as sidekick/drummer for the Concerts at Tudor City Greens as well as beginning her stint as drummer in the band of cabaret singer Marnie Klar’s shows at Don’t Tell Mama NYC.  She appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel recital venue in June of 2014 in a tribute concert to famed vocalist Margaret Whiting, produced by her daughter Debi Whiting and The Mabel Mercer Foundation.  She rounded out last year with repeat performances with the LGBAC Symphonic Band and Midtown Jazz at Midday.

Terese’s recording of “Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye” is on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC record label and is available at

Other recordings on which she is featured include Russ Lorenson’s "What I Want For Christmas" on the LML Music label.

Genecco's sophomore release ("Live From Iridium!") was released on March 20, 2012 to coincide with her 3rd anniversary of monthly shows there, also on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label.

Terese also released a single ("If I Was A Boy") on October 1, 2010 on the BUG:OUT:MUSIC label featuring SONY/Windham Hill Recording Artist Sean Harkness on guitars/bass and Joe Abba on drums that was nominated for Outstanding Love Song for an OutMusic Award from the Lesbian And Gay Recording Association.

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Last updated November 2015