Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Grano, Armi, vocalist; In Vancouver, Canada, Armi sings at clubs and hotels such as The Pan Pacific, The Westin, The Four Seasons, The Crowne Plaza, Fairmont Vancouver Hotel and The Sheraton. However, Armi's vision is international. Originally from the Philippines, Armi expands her performances to international shores. She has been known to grace stages throughout Asia, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Manila. Adding to her appeal and diversity, she is able to captivate audiences by singing in five different languages including Spanish, English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Filipino. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Nancy Wilson, Sergio Mendes and Dakota Staton, which have helped her to develop her own blend of music featuring an exciting mix of Latin, pop, swing and jazz influences.
Although, a survivor of a breast cancer, Armi works hard to give back to the community. She is often involved in fund raising events such as the B.C. Children's Hospital Telethon, Basics for Babies, CIBC Run for the Cure and United Way Campaign. Part of this philanthropic focus manifested in Armi being featured in the "Look Good Feel Better" magazine of the CCTFA, which came out with the August 2001 issue of Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Flare magazines.
She was a featured artist at the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month with a concert at the Norman Rothstein Theatre backed up by Miles Black, Mark Hasselbach, Craig Scott and Steve Holy. She has also appeared in the annual Vancouver event, the Du Maurier International Jazz Festival with the John Nolan Trio, Dal Richards, Mark Hasselbach and Linton Garner.
Media coverage includes the CBC radio program "Early Edition" with Rick Cluff, "Dal's Place" with Dal Richards, TV programs "Daytime" and "Plugged In". In 1997, Armi performed at the APEC Conference held in Vancouver and was the featured artist at the Pan Pacific Hotel for two months leading to the conference.
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