Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ciofalo, Linda(Linda Lee Abbate)
Ciofalo, Linda [Linda Lee Abbate], vocalist; b. Brooklyn, NY, 28 August 1958. She grew up in Brooklyn and later moved to Queens. Her mother, Lee Nuzzo (b. 1926) was born in Brooklyn, NY, as was her father, Thomas Abbate (1926-1991), her paternal grandfather Salvatore, was an Italian-born Opera singer. Her brother Thomas (b. 1954, Brooklyn, NY) is a musician, songwriter and playwright. Her sister MaryAnn (b. 1960, Brooklyn, NY) is a Hairstylist. Linda is married to Joseph Ciofalo who owns a hair salon specializing in Children's haircutting and is the creator of Fairytales Hair care line which includes the revolutionary Rosemary Repel products, he is a former rock musician and composer. They have four children, of whom only David is a performing musician, trumpet his main instrument. His twin brother Nicholas plays sax. The two other children are Joseph and Jessica. At Julliard, she studied classical voice technique and musical theatre (1994-1996), took classical private lessons with Robert Gansert (1994) and studied jazz improvisation with Mark Murphy (2001).
"A spirited singer with a bright, flexible voice and a firm grasp of bop and blues. Linda Ciofalo has shared the stage with the likes of Mark Murphy and Les Paul."- Time Out NY
"Linda Ciofalo is an absolute bundle of joy Wait 'til you hear her sing-you're in heaven!" says vocal jazz legend, Mark Murphy of the versatile, New York-based singer. Ciofalo's repertoire ranges from such diverse sources as bluesman John Lee Hooker to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway. Her voice can be both hard-hitting and gutsy, or lend itself to pure romance.
Inspired by a televised performance of Sarah Vaughn, Ciofalo's interest in vocal jazz was peaked and in the mid-80s she auditioned among 300 singers and garnered the featured vocalist spot in a big band jazz orchestra. This led to a career as a club date singer performing with New York society orchestras at private parties, corporate functions and political fund raisers.
In 1999, wanting to lead her own band and develop her love for jazz, she recorded a CD of standards, jazz-pop and original works. This CD, entitled Take the High Road, took a life of it's own and brought her to the attention of many New York jazz fans in addition to receiving world-wide airplay. It also led to performances at major New York clubs such as the Blue Note, Iridium, the 55 Bar, Old Westbury Gardens and the Long Island Distinguished Artists series. Recently she was recruited by the Lincoln Center Institute as a music teaching artist, working in the New York State public school system, and is the head of the jazz vocal program for the Cultural Arts High School on Long Island.A new studio project is in the works with a 2007 scheduled release date. Her message is: Have fun in your life and be good to each other.
Take The High Road (1999)
Sun Set (2007)
Eric Tello: Music Makes Me Happy (2002)
Radio and television:
Television Credits Manhattan Cable Shows, Channel 21,Channel 12, PBS
many session with original bands as a back up vocalist during the 1980's
LI Regrants NYSCA 1998-2003
Jenkins Award for Arts In Education 2000
NY Foundation of the Arts Grant 2004,2005
Features on the Internet:
13All About Jazz.com