Year-END Kudos For the FreeSong Suite!!


Dear Friends,

It’s with deep gratitude and a little shock that I share with you the great news of the Fay Victor Ensemble’s The FreeSong Suite making NINE year end lists as of this writing! This all-original program of songs, improvisation and the spaces between seems to have hit a chord in the big, big world out there and I just want to say A Big Thank YOU!

Here’s where we are:

>>The Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2009 – 4th in the Best Vocalist Category

>>Jason Crane’s Top 10 of 2009 – The FreeSong Suite was Jason’s TOP Pick for the Year

>>NPR Jazz: 10 Great Moments from Jazz Recordings in 2009

>> The Best Jazz of 2009

>>AllAboutJazz-NewYork’s Best of 2009 – Best Vocal Releases/January 2010 Issue

>>Elzy Kolb: A Few Of My Favorite Things 2009

>>Laurence Donohue-Greene’s Top 10+ of 2009

>>CKUT Jazz Director’s Top 20 list

>>Délire Actuel 2009 Demanding Music Top 30

Updates, gigs and podcasts – Oh My!

FVE @ Roulette - October 1, 2009Dear Friends…

I’m writing from somewhat sunny Puerto Rico…here for a week to chill-ax and regroup after a hearty small run for the release of The FreeSong Suite in New York and Philly! We had great listening audiences and there has been so much love shown for the project along the way.  I want to send a big THANK YOU to all that came out, checked out the music and gave invaluable feedback which I LOVE.  Seems that I may be on to something here! Speaking of The FreeSong Suite, the reviews are starting to come in and on Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day) I am honored to be part of an esteemed list of guests on Jason Crane’s The Jazz Session. Jason has been an incredibly vocal advocate of the The FreeSong Suite and has already decided that its “easily on his top-10 list for 2009.”  Please checkout his site, if you don’t know it already, at He’s also included The FreeSong Suite as one of five albums he’d give to a new listener of jazz…  Also check out the entire conversation online at NPRJazz

The reviews are starting to roll in for The FreeSong Suite! Please check out the DISCOGRAPHY page to read more…

Finally the second half of October finds me leaving The FreeSong Suite repertoire for a couple stabs at the blues and an appearance with the poems of Golda Solomon on the Evolving Voice Vocal Series at the Local 269 (more on that soon…looking forward to sharing an update of the series in September).  Come out for the fun…


The Evolving Voice Vocal Series at the Local 269

Golda Solomon’s JazzHag Tour 2009/2010
Golda Solomon-words
Christopher Dean Sullivan – Bass
Michael TA Thompson – Drums
Joe Giardullo- Reeds
Fay Victor-vocals

@The Local 269

269 E. Houston Street @ Suffolk Street
F/V Train to 2nd Avenue

Anders Nilsson and I join forces to chant and channel the blues with free improvisation. What will happen? Who can tell?  Come be a witness.

The ExPosed Blues Duo
Anders Nilsson-guitar
8:00pm – One Set Only
$8 Cover 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217 F Train to 7th Avenue


Cellist Tomas Ulrich joined Anders and I at the Stone in August and it was a wailing, fiery night…we’ll add some fright for the Halloween festivities. You won’t wanna miss this…

The ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
for Halloween Scary Tales
FV -voice
Anders Nilsson-guitar
with Tomas Ulrich-cello
55 Christopher Street

7:00-9:00PM/Early Set
No Cover, 1 drink minimum

I hope to see to see you out and I hope all is well with you in your world.  Let’s meet sometime soon on the musical tip…