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DIANE LINSCOTT: Bio

Ms. Linscott, started singing professionally late in life due to a twenty- year bout with agoraphobia. She began her career as a singer by attending the Jazz in July workshop with a faculty of jazz luminaries including Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Yusef Latif and Sheila Jordan. Dick Hyman, in a review comment of Ms. Linscott’s eighth CD, Our Day at the Movies writes “…a gorgeous personal style…Ms. Linscott is a top-notch singer, both warm and skilled”.

She has been based in the Sarasota area for the last ten winter seasons establishing a large following performing at various venues and in concert with her trio which is headed by first-call accompanist, Charlie Prawdzik. Summer finds her at her cottage and studio on the Maine coast where she actively engages in several other art forms, including sculpture, metalsmithing, and printmaking, as well as regular gigs and concerts throughout New England.

For several years, before coming to the Saraota area, Ms. Linscott worked in Mexico where she performed to SRO audiences from all over the United States and Canada every Sunday night at La Vendemia in San Miguel de Allende. She also was featured at several concerts at the Teatro Peralta there.

When in the Sarasota area for the winter season, Ms. Linscott's performance schedule has included among others: The Concession; Key Royale Golf Club;The Lemon Bay Playhouse;and The Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora,

In Maine, at Stella's in Castine, Thursdays, 7-10 PM June through September. Wonderful eclectic cuisine with full bar.

Linscott’s performance venues have included in Maine, The Asticou, The Claremont, The Manor, Ocean Meadows Inn, and the Camden Opera House, Borders, Maine Center for the Arts, Downeast Jazz Festival and frequent live performances on Maine Public Radio. In Florida, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Jazz Caravan, Bayfront series for the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Florida Winefest, VIP concert before Patti Austin, Jane Monheit at the Van Wezel and many private functions.

Linscott has performed at The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head with the Bob Alberti Trio, as featured artist at The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH with The Jim Howe Trio, Trinitarian Concert Series, and at The Waterville Opera House in concert with The Gerry Wright Trio.

Of her singing Dan Barrett reviewed in The Mississippi Rag, “although most of the singers of jazz’s Golden Age are no longer with us, there are a few women singing today who seem to embody the best aspects of their predecessors. Diane Linscott is one of them…”

She is great. Since I’ve worked with the greatest of them all (among them); Ella, Carmen, Judy…I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about"
BUDDY BREGMAN, Los angeles, ARRANGER, COMPOSER

Roger Crane, Writer for Planet Jazz and All About Jazz magazines says, “What a pleasure in this world of “look at me” singers to hear a “look-at-this-nice-song” singer. Diane Linscott is certainly a songwriter’s best friend. She is a treasured rarity, a singer who “tells a story” as well as “tells the music “. Diane is a delight.

“For some years now, the people of Maine have been keeping secret the fact that in their midst is a very fine singer. Now the secrets out and Diane is steadily receiving more and more well-deserved exposure…” Bruce Crowther, from CD, Singin’ Around review

Review for, OUR DAY AT THE MOVIES

"With a great idea for an album, Diane Linscott shows off her gorgeous personal style in a collection of thirteen songs from Hollywood's Golden Age, all originally performed by Doris Day. Ms. Linscott is a top-notch singer, both skilled and warm, and she is backed by a sympathetic band that features the graceful accompaniment of Charlie Prawdzik on piano and the steady time of bassist Mark Neuenschwander.

These are songs that deserve to be remembered, and we're grateful to Diane Linscott for recalling them."
DICK HYMAN

Ms. Linscott has recorded and produced seven CD’s on the DjazzL Music label:
I REMEMBER YOU
I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU
SINGIN' AROUND
ALONE/TOGETHER
YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING
OUR DAY AT THE MOVIES
ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME
Love Wants to Dance..with Harry Allen
YOU ARE THERE with LARRY KOONSE [recorded in L.A., April, 2011-release date TBA]

and on the Jazzology label:

THE JAZZ HOT ENSEMBLE with Vince Giordano, Andy Stein, James Chirillo, Dan Levinson, Hank Ross, Stan Levine

Largely self- taught, She is also an active visual artist, sculptor, printmaker, jewelry designer and composer, having won awards in all disciplines. Over the last five years exploration and work in photography and encaustic painting have been emphasized with the goal of a body of mixed-media work.

Her one- of- a- kind wearable art is shown at L’attitude on Newbury St. in Boston, Sarasota, and at her studios in Maine and Florida. Her monotypes and sculpture has been exhibited in many Maine galleries including Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle; Danforth Gallery, Portland; Carnegie Gallery, University of Maine; University of Christ Church, New Zealand; The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. and most recently was invited to exhibit her assemblage sculptures in Fine Arts of Sarasota's Annual Creators and Collectors Tour Exhibit- a five studio tour, including The Ringling College of Art.

Ms. Linscott is a commissioned composer with a concentration in chamber music and was selected as Maine Composer of the Year in 1989, for her composition, Quark Suite, a six-movement work for Flute, Oboe, Strings, and Piano. Other works include Suite Mockingbird, Composer in Residence, Maine State Commission for the Arts, 1988, and Conversations With A Swan, commissioned by the Maine Music Teachers Association. She is currently working on an extended work for full orchestra.

Active in civic affairs, Ms. Linscott served as a Trustee of the University of Maine Foundation; member of the University of Maine Development Council; Advisory Board for the Maine Center for the Arts and as volunteer for many organizations throughout the community and state.

She received a BA in Journalism from the University of Maine, with two years postgraduate study with a TA in Experimental Psychology and ten years of Liberal Studies in Literature, Philosophy, Music and Art. Concurrent with her gigs in Mexico Ms. Linscott did independent study in sculpture and printmaking at the Instituto de Allende and the Belles Artes in San Miguel de Allende.