Michelle Pollace

What Others Are Saying

"JazzWax.com CD Discoveries"Pianist Michelle Pollace has a strong commanding presence on New Beginning. Like a baker, she has a way of gently whipping rhythms until they are cohesive and taut. ... Pollace digs in on every track, and songs like 'Forro' and 'Bright Eyes' evolve into mini-suites." -- Marc Myers

"Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the Keys" "As we search for the best new music on WEMU, we will often feature someone you’ve never heard before but think is worth your time. Pianist Michelle Pollace, who we premiered this morning on 89.1 Jazz, is one such artist. ... This disc has [a] crucial component of good Latin jazz -- it is loads of fun!" -- Linda Yohn, WEMU 89.1 FM blog

"CD Review: Allaboutjazz.com" "Striking out on her own and being a mom are not the only beginnings pianist Michelle Pollace has to be proud of; with New Beginning Michelle reveals the depth of her compositional skills and her talents as a Latin jazz pianist of note."-- Edward Blanco

CD Review: Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange  "Think 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' has been done to death yet? You couldn't be more wrong ... [Michelle's] version even makes one wonder why no one's tackled it in this fashion before. -- Mark S. Tucker

CD Review: Midwest Record "Pollace brings the Latin to the jazz and creates wonderful cocktail jazz that is a gasser. ... it's clear Pollace is a real player but has no qualms about being an entertainer." -- Chris Spector

"Presenting Michelle Pollace's Album, New Beginning" "What I like about this album is the cadence, swing, and softness Michelle puts into her interpretation. This is all about the awareness of her fingers' feeling over the black and white piano keys. Michelle's playing is the game of touching and perceiving the piano hammer pulse of each key in the time of the music." -- Oscar Montagut, Latin Jazz Net

CD Review: Jazz Word "Upbeat Latin jazz with a pop flair, New Beginning is a well-conceived release from pianist Michelle Pollace." -- John Barron

"Latin Jazz Corner Album of the Week" "Pollace's music overflows with a strong artistic command, an authentic connection to the source material, and an infectious sense of cool."-- Chip Boaz

New Beginning earned "Best of 2013" mentions on Latino Music Cafe (Hector Aviles) and Herencia Latina (Nelson Rodriguez)

"Great CD (Michelle Pollace, New Beginning) ...ONE OF THE BEST I'VE HEARD IN QUITE SOME TIME!" -- Jimmy Castro, Producer of The Latin Jazz & Salsa Show, WCLM

"I've enjoyed Michelle’s new CD -- good stuff." -- Frank Miller, Music Director, KTXK

"Just received your new release, New Beginning … and can't get enough listening to it! Refreshing, well-composed music."-- William Johnson, Music Director, KPOV

"Very tasty tunes!"-- Juan Camarillo, Latin Jazz Host, KTEP

"Nice! Excellent CD."-- Mark Levine, Latin-jazz pianist/composer ("Linda Chicana") and author of The Jazz Piano Book, and Jazz Theory Book, on New Beginning

"Michelle Pollace is a very gifted pianist and composer. Her original compositions shine with heart and beauty." -- Mari Hall, visual artist

"Your performance Sunday evening at Cafe Pink House (10-16-16) is one of the best I've seen/heard in a long time. The entire performance was dynamic, joyful and full of all kinds of rhythm and soul. Thank you for being so passionate about music. It certainly comes through in your music. Una maravilla!" -- Rosie G., concertgoer

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