Musical Roots & Blossoms
Great American Songbook & Beyond
Known for her interpretations of the Great American Songbook and the grand jazz vocal tradition, Boston-based vocalist Maggie Galloway has been performing in and around New England for more than three decades.
Along with her long-time engagement at Boston’s Top of the Hub, she has played a variety of other well-known jazz venues through the years, including the Natick Center for the Arts and Peabody-Essex Museum concert series, Scullers Jazz Club, 75 Chestnut and the Franklin Cape Ann as well as appearances in the Midwest, Cape Town South Africa and a USO tour of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Galloway grew up near Flint, Michigan where community music performance inspired her. She studied summers at Michigan’s acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy and was awarded a scholarship to study classical voice at the University of Michigan. Her first exposure to jazz came at the university and she soon began singing with a jazz trio.
She left college for a year on the road throughout the Midwest with a Top 40 show-band, and then resumed her education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee she received several awards including two DeeBee Awards from DownBeat magazine. An award from the American Collegiate Talent Search led to a U.S.O. tour of Asia and the Pacific Islands. She also shared the stage with numerous club bands including Pleasure Pointe and Nightrunners before finding her niche interpreting the American Songbook.
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She has released two recordings as a leader: the critically acclaimed More Than You Know on the Brownstone label and Azure on Little Muse Records. Her first disc was named an “Editor’s Choice” by Cadence magazine in a poll of the best records of 1998, a “CD of the Week” by the Jazz Review, a “Pick of the Week” in The Boston Globe, and “Best Female Vocal Jazz CD” in Cape Town, South Africa which invited her to Cape Town to perform in 2000 and 2001. It also led to her nomination for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist of the Boston Music Awards.
It’s unfortunate that Galloway hadn’t recorded earlier, for she’s a tasteful and charming interpreter of lyrics.
- All Music Guide
Listeners preferring pyrotechnics to subtlety will not much care for this release, but those who admire nuance will revel in this masterful recording by Maggie Galloway.
- Benjamin Franklin V
She meets every melody more than halfway, taking just enough sly liberties with a tune to add the element of surprise without disguising the original. And she has a relaxed, easy way with lyrics that makes each tune unfold like a conversation.
- The Boston Phoenix
Ms. Galloway is a most unusual talent and one deserving of much wider recognition. She blends the precision and control of a classically-trained singer with a natural, playful jazz phrasing and imagination. She’s a singer who would fit just as well into a jazz party lineup as onstage in an intimate club in Boston (or New York or Chicago or Los Angeles or Tokyo or Minneapolis-St. Paul)
- Mississippi Rag
An artist who interprets "The American Songbook" with sensitivity, bearing the mature articulation and improvisational skills that come with years of experience, focus and dedication, may be a rare find for music lovers in the future. Imagine!
- The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger
There are a lot of ladies singing jazz today, or trying to. There always have been. But the ones who succeed usually feel jazz down to their toes, fully understand themselves as jazz instruments, extensions of the musical form. Galloway is such a singer. She has a warm, full voice that can’t fail to nestle in your heart.
- RAPPORT: The Modern Guide to Books, Music & More
Her confident voice is a bit like an alto saxophone, with a sound that has a bit of froth around a solid center and in the way she hits the high notes cleanly.
- 52nd Street Jazz
A brilliant practitioner on the ultimate instrument.
- Victory Music Review
Her voice is just lovely, and her singing combines that natural beauty with a sweet, uncomplicated approach that creates a classic effect. The best analogy might be to imagine if Karen Carpenter had lived long enough to tackle some serious jazz material. It’s an incredible coupling of talent and quality that keeps this disc in the CD player play after play.
- American Reporter
Let’s stipulate that I’ve exhausted my superlatives on Maggie Galloway’s CD. Even so, that doesn’t begin to suggest how exceptional she is. Every note she hits is dead on. Every word she breathes is as clear as a New England winter wind. This lady would be as ‘at home’ at Rainbow & Stars as she would have been at the Royal Roost.
- Candence Magazine
Her repertory takes us through the realms of thoughtful jazz and into pure inventiveness, but always with a musicality and richness of feeling that carries deep respect for the nature of the text and its meaning. To hear her is an expedition into lyricism.
- Peter Davison, American Poet (1928-2004)
Over many decades as a professional jazz and classical guitarist, with an international career, I have been privileged to work with three dozen superb singers of diverse genres and backgrounds. By far the finest was the American jazz singer Maggie Galloway—the most musical, the most flexible, the most artistic. She can sing anything. She has an uncanny ability to communicate a song’s meaning and to reach deep into its essence, while responding instantaneously to what the musicians around her are doing. She understands on every level what the composers and lyricists are after.
- Anthony Weller, Musician and Writer
The classic songs of American jazz have been covered so many times that it takes an exceptional singer to make them come alive. Maggie Galloway is such a songstress.
- The Boston Globe