"Marti Mendenhall is one of Portland's premiere jazz vocalists. Her band played our recent Marathon Scholars fundraising gala and it was fabulous. Working with Marti was a breeze and her band was professional, prompt, and prepared. Marti's well-crafted arrangements and talented vocal stylings set the right ambiance and helped make our event a success!" Jennifer Davis, Marathon Scholars Auction, VP Marketing & Product Strategy at Planar Systems.
"Marti is not only a talented singer and writer, but she understands the audience is there to be entertained." Tony Starlight, Owner, Tony Starlight's Supperclub & Lounge
"Marti was a perfect fit for our Jazz Festival!! Her performance at the festival concert was entertaining, inspirational and instructive . . . a singer with a solid classical technique who is able to make daring and skillful improvisations. As a clinician, Mendenhall was enthusiastic and encouraging, offering specifics to improve the performances of the school choirs. Students were hear offering their individual "thanks" to Marti as they left stage. There is no question we would have her back to our Jazz Festival again!" Jim Jirak, Director, Boise State Vocal Jazz Festival
“It was a delight to have Marti Mendenhall as a clinician and guest artist at ‘Jazz in Jacoby’. As a clinician, she was positive, up-beat, and provided insightful, knowledgeable feedback to student performers. Marti’s performance demonstrated her skills as a top-drawer jazz vocalist, and her fellow performers thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with her. She was an excellent choice as a guest artist for our event!”
Jason Heald, Director, Jazz in Jacoby Vocal Jazz Festival
"Marti Mendenhall proved to be one of the most professional entertainers yet at Ivories ….. with a sold-out house…! Her music was a thrill to all present, and her communication with the audience was a sight to behold." Jim Templeton, Owner, Ivories Jazz Restaurant
“Marti's concert WOW'd the attendees at Noontime showcase. Her concert is not to be missed - Her voice surpasses all!”
Camielle Stark, PCPA Volunteer Committee
“Portland has long been the breeding ground for many talented jazz singer and musicians. It has been my experience, that there is more jazz talent in the Portland Metro Area than any place I've ever lived, and Marti Mendenhall is one of those people. I have her CD and I have seen her live and her performance will not disappoint. Talent like Marti's needs to be appreciated, so either get the CD or go listen to this very talented woman live and enjoy!"
Peter Tosi, Radio Host, Jazz and Stuff, KMUZ- 88.5 FM Salem
"A bundle of energy with a great sound!”
Roz Collins, PCPA Volunteer Committee
“I took Marti's scat singing class and really enjoyed it! Got some good tips to help me start scatting right away at my own singing gigs. I would highly recommend Marti's class for anyone who is interested in advancing his or her own jazz vocal performance (professionally or personally) to the next level.”
Carol Rossio, Professional Jazz Vocalist
"Marti Mendenhall is a great teacher. Her workshops give the students a broad background into the origins of scat singing and provide them a chance to explore their own musical ideas. She is always encouraging and positive, and she knows how to get the most out of her students - leaving them with a sense of accomplishment and confidence. I highly recommend studying with her."
Vytas Nagisetty, Professional Musican
"Marti's knowledge about scat is amazing and the examples she shared were rare and delightful. I love the way Marti's gentle manner encourages everyone to give it a try. We all felt a sense of accomplishment and it was just plain FUN! I'd like to see the workshop extended over a few days. One day just wasn't enough!"
Mona Warner, Singer and Songwriter
"Marti is a musician par excellence, with a superbly trained voice that can do almost anything she asks of it. Her ballads are beautifully controlled, and she can scat an up-tempo bebop line with ease. She is comfortable and convincing in many genres of music, whether it be classical, pop or jazz."
Mike Horsfall, Tall Jazz
"Marti is a superb all around musician, being able to move comfortably from such diverse styles as jazz, classical, blues, and folk with understanding, insight, and with the underpinnings of a crystal clear soprano voice. Her love of music and the vocal art is infectious in reaching audiences. A first-rate and highly talented singer!"
Gil Seeley, Director Emeritus, Oregon Repertory Singers
"Marti is not only a fine scat singer, but great to work with. It is always informative to come into contact with her great knowledge of jazz singing. I rely on her to be my jazz expert in my choirs. Marty was chosen to head a workshop at a recent national convention of choral musicians that I chaired. The post-conference reviews of her session were excellent."
Mark Slegers, Minister of Music, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland
"I had a fabulous dinner at Little Bird before the FABULOUS concert. I'm going to quote a friend who came to hear Marti and company with Kurt and I. As the lights came up for the intermission, he looked at me, eyes wide and eyebrows up, "Wow! I mean, Wow!" I just shook my head in three different directions and said, "Yeah, that really was ... Wow!" Inarticulation? Maybe, but hey, how often do we get to feel flat out Wowed!"
Andrea Marsden, Facebook Fan
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