Abigail Rockwell

MUSIC TOUR PRESS ABOUT CONTACT

“THIS ALBUM WAS BORN FROM BEAUTY AND FRICTION. IT IS MY LOVE LETTER TO THE EAST AND WEST COASTS: THE CRAGGY EDGES OF THE EAST, THE VAST EXPANSE OF THE WEST, AND ALL THE DARK ALLEYWAYS IN BETWEEN.” — AR

Why Noir? That haunting sax solo line running through Taxi Driver, the distant blow of a conch and those voodoo drums from I Walked With A Zombie... shadings of light and shadow... music and images that left a stamp of recognition on me like a raised brand I couldn’t get rid of. That post-war, atomic age desperation still ripples that dark lake off Highway 2. Femme fatale, Lady Fate, I never know quite what she has in store for me. All I can do is surrender and go for a ride. She drives like the night, blinded but knowing, to a destination of her own choosing.

Music Noir in a post-modern world.

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Listen

 
 
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TOUR

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BIRDLAND THEATER, NYC

JUNE 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Autumn Noir CD Release Performance, with John di Martino, Harry Allen, Sean Smith & Vince Cherico

For her first time at Birdland, Rockwell is premiering the music from her album Autumn Noir, mixed by Grammy® award-winning producer Russ Titelman and Bill Moss. She will also be introducing new music, a tune inspired by Miles Davis, and more.

As one notable reviewer stated, “The show is sexy and funny. Brutal with a heart - the pain and the healing”. Music Noir with accompanying notes. It’s painting darker, more sensual, surprising tones, outside the box. It’s something new.


BOOK SIGNINGS

Book signings for the upcoming release of the Definitive Edition of Norman Rockwell’s Autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator, edited by Abigail Rockwell, his granddaughter:

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION in NEWPORT, RI

A conversation about my grandfather Norman Rockwell and book signing afterwards

JULY 20, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM at STOCKBRIDGE, MA

JUNE 23, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE, NYC

JUNE 12, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Q&A with Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur

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PRESS


The magic of Michel Legrand is that anyone can sing him, but Rockwell SINGS him with such a cut above distinction and vision that she grabs you right out of the box. A mature vocal date with a load of originals that finds her having the nads to write lyrics to a Piazzolla classic, this is one gal you have to admire. Wonderfully out of the ordinary due solely to her interpretive skills and style, this is the high water mark for all vocalists to come to follow. Killer stuff throughout.
— Chris Spector, Midwest Reporter, USA
Abigail Rockwell’s ‘Autumn Noir’ recording project is a fine example of love and respect for the great tradition of vocal jazz, bringing back to life the best performers of the past through its elegance and refinement, never separated from excellent vocal technique. The accompaniment of the band members, all of great professionalism, makes this record a precious little jewel.
— Bruno Pollacci Animajazz / Punto Radio 91.6 FM | Pisa, Italy
A voice, a woman’s voice!
— Jean Claude Legros Radio Arc-en-Ciel 103.4 FM | Saint-Deni, France
Her voice sways and dips as it guides us through the story in each song. Abigail’s debut is a beautiful slow loving burn for one’s ears...
— Tien - Jazz Zone Radio Regent | Toronto, Canada
Beautiful!!! Sultry! A wonderful groove!
— Joltin Joe Pszonek WMSC 90.3 FM - Montclair, New Jersey, USA | Radio Nowhere
Very sophisticated music.
— Ken Irwin WMUA 91.1 FM - Amherst, MA, USA | Jazzweek reporter

CINEMATIC JAZZ : A FRESH BLEND OF ORIGINALS AND STANDARDS. ABIGAIL ROCKWELL’S FIRST ALBUM AS A SINGER/SONGWRITER.

All I could think of was the guy with the saxophone and what he was playing. It wasn’t a love song anymore, it was a dirge.
— Detour, 1945

BAND

Quinn Johnson — keys

Kevin Winard — drums, percussion

Robert Mitchum — bass

with Harry AllenJim HynesMauro Refosco and Davi Vieira,

Bernd SchoenhartDavid MannBob Mann and Bill Brendle

Mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Russ Titelman and Bill Moss

Mastered by Bill Moss

@ Flux Studios NYC

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ABOUT

Abigail Rockwell — AR — grew up singing and writing from an early age. She studied with Clara Burling Roesch, internationally known orchestra conductor, choral director and voice teacher, in New York City in her teenage years. She later trained at the Conservatory of Theater Arts & Film at Purchase, NY.

After working at the Pioneer Square Theater in Seattle, Washington, Rockwell moved to Los Angeles where she focused mainly on voiceovers including national campaigns for Mercury Sable, Harrah’s Casino, and numerous series for PBS. After meeting renowned west coast vocal coach Gary Catona, she embarked on training and building her voice anew. 

This led to her first album of standards, Union Station, which she co-produced with pianist/arranger Bill Brendle in Los Angeles. Brendle has worked with such legends as Sergio Mendes, Lamont Dosier, and Erykah Badu. The album was mixed by the Grammy Award-winning engineer, Mauricio Guerrero, and mastered at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. 

AR performed her first series of jazz performances at the Four Seasons Resort • The Biltmore in Montecito, CA. Her first performance in Los Angeles was at Tar Pit, a premier bar/restaurant, which Top Chef Mark Peel had recently opened. 

She unexpectedly moved to the east coast shortly after the passing of her mother. AR then joined her father, Thomas Rockwell, to administer the Norman Rockwell Family Agency. She was instrumental in fighting the fraudulent 2013 biography of her grandfather, the Artist and Illustrator Norman Rockwell, writing front page articles for the Huffington Post and the Saturday Evening Post.

After years of investigating her grandfather’s life in the wake of that biography, Abigail Rockwell is now one of the few legitimate Rockwell scholars in the world, along with her father, and recognized as such by Sotheby’s and the National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island.

AR performed for the first time in NYC at the celebrated Metropolitan Room and then worked with notable NYC guitarist, Sean Harkness, as the duo Rock & Hark — they performed at Cape May Stage in New Jersey, and Rockwood Music Hall and Pangea in NYC. She then went on to present her show, Autumn Noir : Echoes of Jazz at Pangea with Grammy Award nominated pianist/arranger Gary Versace. The performance, which received rave reviews from Bistro Awards and Cabaret Scenes, led to an album, Autumn Noir, a fresh mix of originals and standards, which was released on 10.10.2018. The album continues to receive glowing notices and recognition, along with international radio play. 

Abigail Rockwell recently edited the Definitive Edition of Norman Rockwell’s classic 1960 Autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator, writing an 11 page introduction with new information on her grandfather’s life and work — she also curated 170+ illustrations to accompany the text — published by Abbeville Press in May 2019.

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 It’s dark just below

the rippling surface.

What we do

to cope.

Why we lie

to heal.

How we bend

to temptation.

To forget.

To escape.

To dream.

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