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"Creative Spotlight #239: Charmaine Clamor" from Marco Militeer with Japan Cinema

Charmaine: Embrace your uniqueness and use this to inspire your musical direction. I think all vocalists should not only take vocal technique classes but also learn how to play an instrument. It will make them a more fulfilled musician and performer. Practice, practice, practice. The journey is inward. All the praises and critiques are only noises. Go forcefully and yet gracefully on your path and master it. This is the key. Master your instrument and your repertoire.

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POSTED ON JULY.01.2013



World Village Festival United 85,000 from Tony Ohberg with Finland Today

"Charmaine Clamor, the Los Angeles-based Filipino singer, was the musical highlight of the festival. She brought sunshine to the rainy Sunday evening."

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POSTED ON MAY.31.2013



Janoista jazzia from Maailman Kuvalehti with World Picture

Charmaine Clamor on niitä artisteja, joiden musiikki on niin ainutlaatuista, että sitä varten on täytynyt keksiä uusi genre. Clamor kutsuu musiikkiaan jazzipinoksi.

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POSTED ON MAY.13.2013



Charmaine Clamor at Catalina Bar & Grill from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

Everything was right about this program, starting with Charmaine’s singing. Over the course of the few years in which I’ve heard her perform, there’s been a continuing interpretive growth. Early on, she was closely identified with a blend of jazz and Filipino traditional music, earning the title the Queen of Jazzipino music. As intriguing as that material may have been, Charmaine brought much more to the stage this time around. Her eclectic program of songs began with a distinct gospel touch via Ethel Waters’ hit, “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” following up with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” She sang each in authoritative fashion, without resorting into an overflow of too-familiar melismatic phrasing.

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POSTED ON APRIL.02.2013



"Hallelujah" Pick of the Week from Don Heckman with INternational Review of Music

Clamor has thoroughly established herself as one of the most imaginative, and utterly listenable, jazz voices of the decade (and beyond).

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POSTED ON MARCH.26.2013



"Pinay Promotes Jazzipino in America" from Henni Espinosa with

MANILA, Philippines -- She has been hailed by critics as a gifted vocalist and one of the most original jazz singers of the decade.

Charmaine Clamor is known as the Queen of Jazzipino, a new genre of music that combines Filipino folk songs and American jazz and blues.

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POSTED ON APRIL.17.2012



Pick of the Week from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

"Clamor’s remarkable talents reach beyond labeling into some of the most compelling jazz vocalizing of recent memory."

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POSTED ON APRIL.04.2012



Live Jazz: Charmaine Clamor and the Fil-Am Jazz and World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

In addition to her song offerings, Clamor possessed a vital, emotionally irresistible on-stage presence. Placed in context, that presence, combined with her stunning musical skills, thoroughly establish her as the model template for the many arriving Filipino jazz artists. And the next level of Filipino jazz will be reached when more performers achieve the capacity to follow in the footsteps of this splendid young musical artist.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.16.2011



"The Jazz Singer," from John Burnett with Hawaii Herald-Tribune

Charmaine Clamor is the undisputed "Queen of Jazzipino."

A sultry and sophisticated vocalist, she's been named by the Filipino Women's Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States. Her fourth U.S. album, "Something Good" was released last year to critical acclaim.

She'll entertain tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.14.2011



"Filipino Jazz Queen to Perform at UH-Hilo," from Fiedes Doctor with Filipino Chronicle

Her style is called “Jazzipino”—a fusion of American jazz and Filipino serenade music, including indigenous instruments. This powerful blend of soul and swing was introduced in her second album “Flippin’ Out” in 2007, which brought her critical acclaim, international recognition and eventually the title “Queen of Jazzipino.”

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.02.2011



"Sound Check" from Gary Graff with Oakland Press

Creating a new music form is no small feat. But for Charmaine Clamor, Jazzipino was something of a no-brainer.

Heard on Clamor’s fifth album, 2010’s “Something Good,” Jazzipino is a combination of the music of her native Phillipines — particularly the torchy Kundiman style — and the jazz she heard early in her life, particularly vocal music by Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horne, Sarah Vaughn and others.

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POSTED ON MAY.20.2011



"A Memorable Gig" from Ruben Nepales with Philippines Inquirer

“Jazzipino” exponent Charmaine Clamor recently landed a memorable gig—a private concert at the Malacańang Palace.

The LA-based singer, who was one of the guest artists at the recent Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival (Pijazz), performed on Feb. 26 at the Palace by special request of the United States ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas.

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POSTED ON MARCH.18.2011



"Pinay Diva" from Bella Lumpao with The Female Network

Jazz singer Charmaine Clamor makes Filipinos proud as an accomplished artist in the Asian and American jazz community. Her satirical version of “My Funny Valentine,” aptly titled “My Funny Brown Pinay,” was praised by the critics for her show of Filipino pride and her beautiful vocals. She has performed as the main singer in big jazz clubs all over America. Her two albums both made it to the Jazzweek World Music Top 10.

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POSTED ON MARCH.10.2011



"You Will Love Charmaine" from Matthew Forss with Inside World Music

If you like folk or jazz vocals in multiple languages, then you will love Charmaine. English lyrics are provided with native languages and dialects. Let her seduce you today!

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POSTED ON MARCH.10.2011



"A Stellar Set of Music" from Matthew Forss with Inside World Music

Unlike previous albums, Something Good is mostly sung in English, because after-all, Charmaine is a Filipino-American. Her voice seemed to mature nicely for the music, whether it is called blues, pop, Latin, roots, or folk. Names aside, the music speaks for itself. Interestingly, the entire CD packaging is 100% recyclable. Thankfully, it should not come to that for listeners. Charmaine is right about one thing...and it is definitely 'something good.'

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POSTED ON MARCH.10.2011



"Jazzipino Invades Broomfield from Rob Johnson with Denver Examiner

Charmaine Clamor is extremely beautiful. She is also possessed of a golden singing voice. Why the Broomfield Auditorium should be allowed to showcase her on Saturday, January 29th, is beyond the ken of this writer. This is a talent that should be filling stadiums, not 300-seat civic auditoriums.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.28.2011



"Jazzipino Invades Broomfield" from Rob Johnson with Denver Examiner

Charmaine Clamor is extremely beautiful. She is also possessed of a golden singing voice. Why the Broomfield Auditorium should be allowed to showcase her on Saturday, January 29th, is beyond the ken of this writer. This is a talent that should be filling stadiums, not 300-seat civic auditoriums.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.28.2011



"Clamor's Soulful Sounds" from Joe Bendel with JB Spins

A few years ago, the notion of Charmaine Clamor’s “jazzipino” fusion of jazz and traditional Filipino music might have been perceived as an exotic hook in and of itself. And then it started to catch on. After headlining several festivals of Filipino jazz, both here and there, Clamor has built a name and a reputation as her countrymen’s leading jazz ambassador. Tonight, she returns to New York to launch her new CD, Something Good, at the Triad Theater on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper Westside.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.08.2011



"Queen of Jazzipino Coming to Colorado January 9th" from Gila Asawaka with Huffington Post

The music is straight ahead jazz -- the classic, swingy stuff with lots of space between instruments and a smoky, sultry voice caressing the lyrics. It's jazz, the classic American artform. But the words... aren't... English. The words to the lovely "Dahil Sa Yo (Because of You)" are sung in Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. It's a jazz standard nonetheless, written for a Filipino movie in 1938 and better known for an English-Tagalog version recorded in 1964 that made the charts in the US.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.06.2011



"A Truly Exquisite Vocalist" from Karl Stober with EjazzNews

Few vocalists have crossed my desk with this potential and promise; adding to it a narcotic appeal. Once youÆve spun the sound, the addiction becomes reality. Something Good will be one of 2010Æs studies in highly sophisticated and sensual elegance; this is a stylish approach to jazz.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.05.2010



"One of LA's Best Kept Secrets" from George Harris with Jazz Weekly

More music by a lady that calls her own shots, and is a dead aim.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.28.2010



"Pinay in World Music Top 20" from Ruben Nepales with Philippine Inquirer

LOS ANGELESùFor her fourth US album, jazzipino queen Charmaine Clamor offers ôSomething Good.ö This high-spirited musical romp is on the Top 20 of the JazzWeek World Music radio chart, CharmaineÆs third straight album to have achieved a similar feat.

If you have not yet heard of Charmaine, who was born in the Philippines and was singing to bus passengers at age 3, check out ôSomething Good.ö The album is not only good; it may be her best one yet.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.27.2010



"One of the Best Vocalists of This Generation" from John Book with This is Book's Music

Charmaine Clamor has returned with an album that, if it doesnÆt prove that she is one of the best vocalists of this generation, listen again.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.16.2010



"One of Jazz's Rising Stars" from Jordan Richardson with Blogcritics

Something Good is another slick, sensual, funky recording from one of jazzÆs rising stars. Its affectionate concoction of styles and genres is wonderfully inebriating. Not content to settle for ôeverything else,ö Clamor cheerfully serves up heaping spoonfuls of the really, really good stuff with this one.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.12.2010



"Charmaine Clamor is 'Something Good' Indeed" from Ron W with In a Blue Mood

The mix of material and musical backdrops combined with ClamorÆs sensuous and evocative vocals makes 'Something Good' a terrific recording.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.02.2010



"If it's Here, it Should Be in Your Collection" from The Editors with JazzPage

The singer possesses a rich, soulful voice that echoes with a confidence of singers beyond her years.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.18.2010



"Picks of the Week" from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

Sunday afternoon features the Japanese-American pop-jazz singer Ernie Meyer and the hip-hop electronica of the Shanghai Restoration Project. And the festival soars to a close on Sunday night when a pair of extraordinary jazz vocalists take center stage: Charmaine Clamor and Sachel Vasandani, with the amiable Bubba Jackson hosting.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.14.2010



Brick's Pick's "Far East, Far Out" from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

Closing the festival on Sunday is Charmaine Clamor & Her Killin' Sweethearts. The Sweethearts Ăą including pianist Eli Brueggemann, drummer Abe Lagrimas and a horn section led by fine tenor Robby Marshall Ăą is the same octet on her fine new Something Good. KKJZ's Bubba Jackson lays down the final benediction.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.13.2010



"For the Love of Imelda," from Baby Gil with Philippine Star

Truth to tell, my initial interest in this project came about because of Charmaine Clamor. The US- based Filipino jazz artist was one of those whom Byrne picked personally to record for Here Lies Love. She sings Walk Like A Woman and she sounds great. Hers is actually one of the best cuts in the album. Good break for Charmaine because she is among big names like Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Natalie Merchant in an album produced by Byrne and Slim. I thought it would be a collection of songs that we might or might not associate with Imelda. I listened to hear Charmaine and also to find out what Byrne and Slim had done with the music.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.30.2010



"Jazzapino Sounds," from Brick Wahl with LA WEEKLY

Then on Saturday evening at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, well-known "jazzapino" vocalist Charmaine Clamor will do her unique thing: combining jazz standards and spare arrangements of homeland classics, a little pop and some funk even. It's an unusual mix in the stylistically conservative world of female jazz vocalists Ăą her talent and persona (and looks) have gone over real big back at home, where she's quite the star. We're told she'll have a horn section with her at this gig, led by tenor Robby Marshall Ăą who tore it up with Dave Douglas at the Bowl not long ago, and who sounds good on her latest, Something Good (on FreeHam). After, dash over to Nyx in Glendale (156 S. Brand Blvd., 818-545-0333), where Katia Moraes & the Brazilian Hearts perform at 8:30 p.m. Superb and very genuine bossas and sambas, and she'll melt your heart. Free.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.26.2010



A World Class Artist from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

The PhilippinesÆ gift to the world of jazz singing gets better and better with every performance, spreading her extraordinary musical versatility in all directions.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.24.2010



"Appreciating Musical Talent" from Prosy DeLaCruz with Asian Journal Midweek Magazine

WHEN Fil-Am Jazz Festival was born with Charmaine Clamor and her jazz colleagues, we were impressed, not just with her music, but with her choice of songs which made visible her cultural heritage and her identity. My Funny Brown Pinay, a take on My Funny Valentine became one of our favorites. She had a sultry, sexy style that we knew in time would put her in the mainstream.

In her second concert, she donned a blonde wig while singing this song, and took it off to illustrate her self-awakening that she is now a valuable brown Pinay -- with no need to bleach her skin nor aspire to be blond!

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POSTED ON JULY.21.2010



"Leading Filipino Jazz Vocalist to Serenade Juneau Tonight" from Klas Stolpe with Juneau Empire

When Juneau hears Charmaine Clamor sing they may feel themselves lifted onto wings of tropical birds and set down upon beaches of white sand with curls of green blue water.

They will imagine the taste of lumpia... the touch of a hand.. the sound of indigenous instruments... all reflected in the shiny ivory keys and black top of a piano in the sand.

They will imagine a little girl with a voice of the stars standing before them in the body of a woman singing to her Kababayan.

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POSTED ON JULY.15.2010



"Toe-Tapping" from Kyle Phillips with American Songwriter

The Charmaine Clamor-performed ôWalk Like a Womanö fully achieve the toe-tapping ideal the duo set out for.

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POSTED ON APRIL.07.2010



"Tableside with Legends" from Brick Wahl with LA WEEKLY

Vocalist Charmaine Clamor returns to Catalina's on Saturday, where she really pulls them in with this "jazzapino" thing Ăą traditional Filipino songs rendered into jazz by her strong quartet. The stuff can be spookily effective.

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POSTED ON APRIL.07.2010



"Clamoring for a Pinay's Mesmerizing Voice" from AJ Press with Asian Journal

ClamorÆs music has been called original and innovative, and her obvious love for and loyalty to her Filipino heritage has made her so beautifully unique. Her albums represent the first time that a distinct Filipino flavor has been added into the melting pot of American jazz. " ItÆs the first time songs entirely in Tagalog have been heard on mainstream American radio stations! Its novelty, I believe, is what contributed to jazzipinoÆs success," said the diva.

Believing that her musical success is a direct result of her unusual voice ("A gift from my parents") and her accepting and exploring her minority status as a Filipino, CharmaineÆs songs proudly display her cultural heritage. Her lifelong dream has been to share the music of the Philippines to a wider audience and she has truly done it with her best- selling albums.

Explaining that Filipinos need to be Filipinos, the singer said she yearned to find her own identity while living as an immigrant in LA for many years. "How can an artist grow successfully without embracing her own culture? My Filipino heritage is rich, and panahon na to share it with the world. Placing two consecutive jazzipino albums in the top 10 of the world music radio charts is pretty good evidence, I believe, that the world is ready to listen," noted Charmaine.

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POSTED ON MARCH.15.2010



"The Jazzipino Queen on Music and the Motherland" from Stephanie Castillo with Female Network

Charmaine Clamor isnÆt afraid to speak her mindùor sing it. Lauded by the Los Angeles Times as ôone of the most important and original jazz singers of the decade,ö the Subic-born songstress made waves with her satirical ballad, ôMy Funny Brown Pinay.ö Using the melody of jazz standard ôMy Funny Valentine,ö the song praises the looks of the average morena in an ode to true Filipina beauty. ôLook at my skinùitÆs brown / Look at my noseùitÆs flat,ö Charmaine purrs on the track, flaunting her Pinay assets with pride, even pleasure.

In a nation where fair skin, pointy noses, and straight hair are the prejudiced but prevalent ideal, CharmaineÆs candor about her physical appearance is inspiring. It seems that growing up Statesideùand having two consecutive albums in the Jazzweek World Music Top 10ùhas left her with no airs and graces about who she is or where she came from. In fact, it is her unfailing loyalty to the Philippines and Filipinos that has brought this domestic diva so much success in her careerùeven spawning the hybrid Fil-Am jazz genre she coined ôJazzipino.ö

In the following interview, Charmaine gives FN her views on fame, Filipino mentalities, and the future of jazz, ultimately leaving us with a simple message: be bold, be brown, be beautifulĂąand be grateful for your heritage. Read on!

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POSTED ON MARCH.01.2010



"The Only Filipino in All-Star Soundtrack of Imelda Musical" from Ruben Nepales with Philippine Daily Inquirer

LOS ANGELESùCharmaine Clamor, AmericaÆs leading Pinay jazz vocalist, joins Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos and other singers in David ByrneÆs ôHere Lies Love,ö a musical dramatization of Imelda MarcosÆ life.

Charmaine is the only Filipino artist in the double-CD project of David, who was inducted, as part of the Talking Heads, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. David has won Grammy and Academy awards for his music.

Charmaine, acclaimed ôjazzipinoö exponent, sings the track ôWalk Like A Womanö in DavidÆs collaboration with Fatboy Slim (British DJ and recording artist) on the former First Lady.

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY.14.2010



"Self Affirmations, Surprises Highlight Asian American Jazz Festival" from Kirk Silsbee with Downbeat

Charmaine Clamore [sic], another passionate Filipina, took on Jon Hendricks' lpics to Horace Silver's swinging "Doodlin"' as well as the Lenny Welch version of Buddy Johnson's heartpounding "Since I Fell For You." She's an exuberant performer, never more so than on her Tagalog words of 'Jazz-a-pino" matings. 'My Funny Brown Valentine" [sic] was an added bit of ethnic affirmation.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.12.2010



"From One Generation to Another, Filipino Jazz Torch is Passed" from Dennis Clemente with Philippines Inquirer LifeStyle

Clamor, the most anticipated performer of the night, strutted onstage with the fanfare accorded a hometown girl. Although based in Los Angeles, she has performed in New York, most notably at Iridium, a top jazz haunt that was second home to the late original guitar hero Les Paul. And unlike her other singing compatriots, Clamor started her career in the States.

Clamor represents a new generation of the Pinoy jazz artist. She marries both new and old Filipino song traditions and musical instruments with her own expressive style, which she inflects with some mild social commentary to keep things interesting and on edge. She exudes great showmanship. Her exposure to the ôVagina Monologuesö Filipino adaptation in August 2008 has certainly been put to good use.

The showmanship shines through. As a jazz vocalist, she can swagger one minute and be sublime the next. A favorite in her sets was her interpolation of ôMy Funny Valentine.ö In Filipino, she changed the lyrics and sang it as ôMy Funny Brown Pinayö with patriotic gusto. The song is in her most recent album ôFlippinÆ Out.ö

Switching mood, she gave a soulful interpretation of ôDahil Sa ÆYoö (ôBecause of Youö) that even the non-Filipino audience, not understanding the lyrics, was moved.

Clamor is strongly attached to her Filipino musical roots, even if she has been in the US since she was 16. This conviction was evident in her tribute to kundiman, a traditional serenade that became an art form in late 19th-century Philippines. She pays tribute to this Filipino art form in her album ôMy Haranaö (My Serenade).

Founding member

Clamor might as well be the Kuh Ledesma of her generation in the manner she chooses material, honors musical traditions and supports other artists. As one of the founding members of the Fil-Am Jazz Festival, Clamor is serious about her support of other Filipino jazz artists whom she thinks deserve just as much fame and recognition.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.20.2009



"The Magnificent 5th Fil-Am JazzFest" from Prosy Delacruz with Asian Journal

Bubba introduced the last performer of the night. "Jay Rich turned me onto her. She is a legend in jazz -- creating styles and a new genre called, "Jazzipino." He was referring to Charmaine Clamor, who charmed her audience with Hindi Kita Malilimutan, Pinay Sisters, Ako ay Pilipino, Celebrate the Pilipino Way, and Dahil Sa Iyo.

All were talented, some with bit more prowess than the rest, but all their collective souls, along with electrical explosion of their energies, used their whole beings, to unleash their collective inner peace into our hearts. They withheld nothing from this audience, and the audience responded by surrounding them and buying all their CDs.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.19.2009



"Charmaine Clamor Sings for David Byrne" from Baby Gil with Philippines Star

Viva RecordsÆ Jazzipino star Charmaine Clamor has joined the performer line-up of the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim production of Here Lies Love. This is a concept album about our former First Lady Imelda Marcos and her long-time aide Estrella Cumpas that is set for release in February 2010. The title Here Lies Love comes from what Mrs. Marcos is said to want written as her epitaph.

Now based in the US where she has been generating hot buzz in jazz circles, Charmaine made quite a splash in the Philippines early this year with her jazzy interpretation of local classics like Dahil Sa æyo and Lahat Ng Araw in the Jazzipino album. Now it looks like she has really hit the big time with this interesting project. It is after all, a singular honor to be tapped by the Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Byrne to perform Walk Like A Woman, the only jazz cut in the disco and club sound dominated album.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.17.2009



"A Converstaion with Charmaine Clamor, Rising Star, Jazzipino Style" from Scott Mitchell with Valley Star

Who are some of your more recent influences?

Shirley Horn. That's how deep into the music I want to get.

Rhiannon. That's how fearless of an improvisor I want to be.

Tierney Sutton, Kurt Elling, and Mark Murphy. That's how hard I want to swing.

Barbara Morrison and Linda Hopkins. That's how compelling of a performer I want to be.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.03.2009



"A Fruitful Concert" from Rod Garcia with Philippine Daily News

The singers/musicians were in their A-game. Super cool Jazzer Charmaine Clamor (who flew in from LA that same day) was amazing! She wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice and style. My sister had picked her up from the airport that afternoon, brought her straight to my house, then to the venue. Instead of resting after five hours of flight and two hours of travel on the road, Charmaine opted to go to the venue and practice with the ad hoc band I put together for her. Then she waited for the performance to start later that evening. CharmaineÆs good nature, her sense of humor and musicality won everybody over immediately. She garnered a standing ovation that evening.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.20.2009



"Discovery of the Week" from Marc Myers with Jazzwax

Her voice is genuine, and her timbre shimmers with fragrant beauty. I do not speak Filipino, so the lyrics are lost on me. But you sense instantly what Clamor is singing about, and you realize she is a gorgeous singer. She's that good.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.15.2009



"Far Eastern Swing" from Brick Wahl with LA WEEKLY

Mix in the soul, a hint of funk and attitude, some torch tunes and you have a genre in the making. Her ôMy Funny Brown Pinayö does for the sisters what Joe BataanÆs ôYoung, Gifted and Brownö did for the pinoy brothers a generation ago.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.30.2009



"Pinoy Divas Come Up With New Albums" from Baby Gil with Philippine Star

The effect on the listener is stunning. In fact, it is such a joy to find Filipino melodies performed jazz style by a world-class talent.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.25.2009



"Filipinas Magazine Achievement Awardee for Sports & Entertainment, Charmaine Clamor" from The Editors with FILIPINASMagazine

For her accomplishments, Charmaine has garnered an array of accolades including the Award of Merit, Philippine Pride Best Jazz Singer by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, the Asian Heritage Society Award in Performing Arts, a Certificate of Recognition in Performing Arts from the State of California and Los Angeles as well as being among the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S. by the Filipina WomenÆs Network.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.05.2009



"Barbara Morrison Celebrates 60th Birthday in Concert" from A. Scott Galloway with Urban Network

Next up was beautiful Filipina singer Charmaine Clamor who has swiftly won the hearts of Los Angeles jazz lovers with her regular visits to Catalina Bar & Grill offering her unique ôJazzipinoö style of singing. This afternoon, she sang ôHindi Kita Malimot (I Will Never Forget You),ö mesmerizing the amphitheatre with a blissful moment of sensual loveliness further kissed by the additions of trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and saxophonist Albert Alva.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.29.2009



"Charmaine Clamor: Jazzing Up RP Love and Traditional Songs" from Ronald Constantino with Tempo

JAZZY ARRANGEMENTS Ă» Jazz enthusiasts will surely welcome the release of the CD "Charmaine Clamor Jazzi Pino" Ă» this columnist included.

Hopefully, those who love Filipino songs ù love songs and traditional songs û will be just as enthusiastic and welcoming. You see, Ms. Charmaine Clamor, AmericaÆs foremost Filipino jazz artist, gives those songs jazzy arrangements. She is currently in town to promote "Jazzi Pino," distributed in the Philippines by Viva Records and manufactured in the US by FreeHam Records.

Amazingly, these Filipino songs easily lent themselves to the jazzy arrangements, some of them by Ms. Clamor herself.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.27.2009



Fil-Am Singer Bringing Jazzipino Home from Punch Liwanag with Manila Bulletin

Surprisingly, though, mixing Jazz and Kundiman was inspired by CharmaineÆs American audience. ôThey were the ones who encouraged me to do this because those watching my shows were mostly non-Filipinos who listen to jazz. Hindi naman panay Pinoys lang ang audience ko in the beginning,ö said she.

Many of these non-Filipinos told Charmaine that Tagalog sounds romantic.

ôAt the start of Jazzipino, unti-unti ko nang kinakanta yung æDahil Sa æYo.Æ IÆll play it straight ballad, and Americans will come after the show and say, æI was so touched by that melody--what is that song?Æ And then I proudly say, æThatÆs Tagalog, itÆs one of our classics.Æö

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.25.2009



"US Based Pinay Jazzer Introduces Jazzipino" from Yugel Losorata with Manila Bulletin

Watching her perform should make one say sheÆs truly an entertainer of global standard. She delivers her lines with much sincerity and make every number a highlight.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.23.2009



"Queen of Jazzipino Breaks News Ground in America" from Odette Keeley with Philippines Inquirer

And no one perhaps is more thrilled with the global advancement of Filipino culture through Jazzipino than Charmaine herself.

ôI want our culture, our languages to be sung like the Portuguese, Spanish or French à. so why not Tagalog,ö she beamed.

You'll hear Charmaine's warm contralto and her signature Pinay sass and sultry soul in her song, "My Funny Brown Pinay," a remake of the classic "My Funny Valentine." She said the song is a very personal story of hers, explaining that growing up kayumanggi (brown-skinned and flat-nosed) in the Philippines, she had always felt small, almost like a second-class citizen.

But it was here in America that she found her voice and felt her true Pinay beauty being celebrated. She says young Filipinas have come to her with tears in their eyes, after watching her show, saying they have felt the same. And many women of color from all over the world have written her as well, saying they felt empowered with this song.

Charmaine is on her way soon to Manila, where she will launch her very first Philippine album, ôJazzipinoö under Viva Records, one of ManilaÆs biggest music labels. This multi-record, multi-year deal makes her the first and only jazz artist to join the Viva family. Her debut RP album which will contain her most popular ôkundimansö and ôharanasö, will be released on Sept. 12 and Vic del Rosario CEO of Viva Communications, Inc. looks forward to it saying: "It was a joy to discover somebody like Charmaine Clamor who is giving Filipino music a new life with the Jazzipino sound. And I am very honored to welcome her to the Viva roster of talents. Thank you, Charmaine. You do your country proud."

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.01.2009



"Take Five, with Charmaine Clamor" from Dave Douglas with All About Jazz

Road story: Your best or worst experience: Late set on a wintry Sunday night in Times Square, at the Iridium Jazz Club: I came onstage, and although the lights limited my vision, I could clearly see sitting in the second row center, directly in line with my microphone stand, Mr. Andy Bey. But I kept singing anyway.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.11.2009



"The Debutante" from Collis Davis with Rogue

Ever since the stunning Charmaine Clamor debuted her musical talent in the mid 1990's, with the five-part jazz harmony ensemble Crescendo -- an LA-based a cappela group that some critics likened to Manhattan Transfer -- her life has been an unending stream of amazing accomplishments, not only as a jazz singer but as the motive force behind the founding of JazzPhil-USA, now in its fifth year. Clamor's artistry put Filipino musical culture on the world map, and through a synthesis of soul and swing, American jazz and traditional Filipino folk music, languages and instrumentation, she created a hybrid genre she calls "jazzipino." Her second CD, Flippin' Out, was a test case in this cross-cultural fertilization. It blew away any doubts that the genre could spark the interest of audiences worldwide. So successful was the CD that it became the first record by a Filipino to make the Top-5 on both the American Jazz and World Music radio charts. On June 27th, FAMAS will award her a special trophy as "Philippine Pride Best Jazz Vocalist" at their 57th Annual ceremony. LA Weekly jazz critic Brick Wahl said it best: "Her husky, sassy tones, languid moves and unpretentious Pinoy attitude -- which is just a tad rebellious -- have the kind of natural appeal you can't buy in any music school."

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POSTED ON MAY.17.2009



"Amid the Clamor: The Musical Odyssey of a Brown Skinned Girl in the Land of Milk and Honey" from Krizette Laureta Chu with Manila Sense & Style

What does a little girl from a small town in Subic, Zambales know of the world of Miles Davis, Etta James, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, of smoky nightclubs throbbing with seductive notes of a trumpeter in a snappy tuxedo, of quick, fun improvising snap-your-fingers-tap-your-toes bebop, of sleepy eyed voluptuous singers poured into their velvet dresses? And how did she ever manage to infiltrate that mercurial, maddening world of the Hollywood music scene, forgiving one moment, furious the next? And more perplexing still: How did she ever sell three critically acclaimed albums in the United States in a span of three years, even managing to land top spots on world charts and traditional jazz lists, by singing in her native tongue? And how in the world did we ever not hear Charmaine Clamor in her own home shore until now?

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POSTED ON MAY.12.2009



"Charmaine Clamor at Catalina Bar & Grill" from Myrna Daniels with LA JAZZ SCENE

Charmaine Clamor is a young, attractive singer who is capable of singing many styles well. She cherishes her Filipino heritage, which plays a part in every performance. I have seen her before but her show is always intriguing. Accompanied by a terrific trio, Clamor presented a varied and interesting set of tunes...She's very natural and comfortable on stage. The audience embraced her immediately, applauding warmly.

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POSTED ON MAY.01.2009



"Harana & Jazzipino Inspire at the Iridium" from M. Palaci with Asian Journal

First she introduced the world to Jazzipino, the fusion of American jazz with Filipino languages, melodies, and native instruments. Now Charmaine Clamor, the #1 Filipina jazz singer in the United States, has gone to her Philippine homeland to bring the harana, or serenade, to US audiences.

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY.11.2009



"Charmaine Clamor Has Arrived; Time to Add Another Genre to Your iTunes" from EJM with BakitWhy.com

Her new album spotlights the Filipino serenades, sung in 8 different native Filipino dialects.

But donÆt assume sheÆs for Filipinos only. While writing this article I was listening to her music; my friend (who is not Filipino) was stunned with her voice and how ClamorÆs sound is so highly original while also paying homage to so many styles of the past.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.25.2009



"An Emerging Vocal Talent" from Joe Bendel with Epoch Times

Clamor has a lovely voice and a talent for interpreting lyrics, which can be heard to excellent effect on My Harana. It is definitely a fitting disk for candlelight from an emerging vocal talent.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.14.2009



"Hearfelt Desires" from George Harris with Jazz Weekly

This disc will have you wistfully gazing into the stars for many an evening, dreaming of your heartfelt desires.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.05.2009



"Singer Charmaine Clamor at the 4th Annual Fil-Am JazzFest" from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

She wound up her brief, but brilliantly eclectic set with a romp through the jazz standard, ôCenterpiece.ö In each case, her singing underscored her growing status as one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.28.2008



"Last L.A. Jazz Weekend Of 2008" from Jerry Ough with California Examiner

The most intriguing event for my money takes place tonight at the Catalina Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. It's the Fourth Annual Filipino-American Jazz Festival and it features a shining new star on the jazz horizon. Charmaine Clamor can arguably lay claim to the title of America's Leading Filipina Jazz Vocalist.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.27.2008



"Filipino Fusion: Chanteuse Charmaine Clamor Promotes Tolerance Through Her Own World-Jazz Hybrid" from Christopher Loudon with Jazz Times

When cultures clash, there is typically friction, but occasionally unexpected harmony. Muscially speaking, vocalist Charmaine Clamor orchestrated the latter when she combined her two greatest loves -- the traditional kundiman of her native Philippines and American jazz standards -- to create a hybrid she calls "jazzipino."

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.03.2008



"Romantic Love Songs" from Mojo Mendiola with Global Mojo

She impresses with a slightly smoky alto voice and a deeply emotional phrasing. And furthermore these recordings make for a small revolution, because so far these serenades have been sung by men only. Try these takes: "Harana Sa Dilim" and "Labis" ("Too Much")

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.01.2008



"A Beautifully and Soulfully Rendered CD" from Bob Gish with Jazz Improv

ClamorÆs songs are all part of the Harana tradition, in large part as experienced by her as the object of affection of such romancing. As she notes, ôHarana had a strict code. If the woman liked what she heard the windows opened and the haranista was invited upstairs by the approving parents. But if she didnÆt, the windows stayed shut all night.ö Here, Charmaine Clamor, in all her beauty of face and voice, is the haranista for most of the songs, and the listener is positioned at the open windowûa window one should say, destined to stay open wide for more than one night.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.01.2008



"Proudly Brown Pinay" from Karla Maquiling with Pinoycentric

Los Angeles-based Pinoy vocalist Charmaine Clamor is putting the Philippines on the world jazz map with jazzipino, a hybrid sound that combines the swing of American jazz with Pinoy soul.

With her evocative and sensuous voice, Charmaine has been compared to legendary jazz figures like Sarah Vaughan and Cassandra Wilson, and this talented Filipina shows that she deserves every recognition. SheÆs made the top 5 on JazzWeekÆs world (#2) and traditional jazz (#5) radio charts simultaneouslyûa rare featûand was named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States. Critics predict that her recently launched My Harana: A Filipino Serenade will most likely head toward the charts again.

In this interview, Charmaineûwho is also a physical therapist and a strong advocate for the environmentûtalks about her Pinoy roots (she hails from Zambales) and coming to terms with being brown and Pinoy and loving it.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.19.2008



"Recommended Listening: Uniquely New Music" from Gordon Murray with Radio & Records

The album's closing song, "Labis" ("Too Much"), is sung in English, but I think you'll barely notice the difference; that is how good she is at communicating emotion through music. If you're up for a world-jazz cultural and educational seduction, "My Harana" is a must-have.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.16.2008



"Charmaine Clamor's 'Jazzipino' Grooves" from Brick Wahl with LA WEEKLY

The instrumentation is spare ù guitars (and such), bass, Filipino percussion ù her singing is evocative, sensual. The duet with vocalist Mon David is almost spooky. Wonderful stuff ù even the non-pinays dig it. The official release is at Catalina Bar and Grill on Sunday, a room she owns whenever sheÆs there.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.06.2008



"Another First" from Melody Breyer Grell with Cabaret Exchange

Clamor's voice is sensual, sometimes husky, other times pure. Although I am not familiar with the languages sung, her diction is crisp and I would imagine it serving her intentions. She sings in various languages and concludes with an original composition in English. As noted previously, while a good deal of the songs hearken to Spain, there are a few pieces that are more "exotic" to western ears, such as cut # 6, sung in Tagalog with the English title translation being ôLoving YouùAdoring You.ö

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.21.2008



"Jazzipino Music in New CD" from Ruben Nepales with Philippines Inquirer

The CD is Charmaine's follow-up to her "Flippin' Out," which earned favorable reviews and got consistent radio and Internet airplay in America. That album secured her title as the purveyor of "jazzipino" music, her hybrid of jazz and Filipino music and lyrics. This time, the Los Angeles-based Charmaine, awarded as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the US, lovingly tackles some of the Philippines' romantic serenade songs in various dialects.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.04.2008



"The Sound of Sentiment and Passion" from John Book with The Run-Off Groove

In her voice is the sound of sentiment and passion, she is an incredible jazz singer whose American upbringing and love for the music makes her perfect to be an influence on the next wave of singers, I still feel that way. By singing in and to the native tongue, it feels a lot like comfort food, where a bowl of pork guisantes and rice is what you may need to start an all night (and perhaps all morning) conversation. It's front porch or backyard music, where you didn't care about performing to the masses. If your family heard it, or neighbors, or the mail man, you didn't mind nor care. It sounds very simple, but at times it's the simple things in life that we miss and seek in order for us to gain back a bit of sanity, to regroup. It's a great album that captures her love of family and roots. If she ever does a cover of "Pagdating Ng Takipsilim", perhaps with The New Minstrels arrangement, it would be all over.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.01.2008



"A Journey of the Heart" from Karl Stober with Jazz Trenzz

My Harana: A Filipino Serenade is the quintessential wistful collection of moonlit romances. Ms Clamor's diversity in craft and expression makes her one of very few that could deliver such a project. This young woman again proves to the industry that she is a polished performer who is on course for a titanic career of iconic measures.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.30.2008



"A Profoundly Unique Debut" from Dennis Wong with Women's Radio News

Charmaine's take on "Since I Fell For You," is introduced by a lusty, sweeping piano that sets the lingering velvet backdrop for the sheer torchy elegance of the singer's vocals. It's often in moments like these in the album, where Charmaine's voice lingers as a gentle quaver brimming with barely restrained yearning that the singer truly breathes new life into classic balladry with her rich sense of melody and the warm timbre of her voice. The final, wistful notes of the track, and perhaps any notes sung by Ms. Clamor are simply dazzlingly mystifying.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.05.2008



"The Real Deal" from Bill Barton with CODA

Pride in her ethnic heritage is central to Clamor's music presentation. Supermodel looks probably won't hurt her career, but she's by no stretch of the imagination "just another pretty face."

There are several other memorable interpretations here. You may need a cold shower after hearing her interpretation of Nina Simone's "Sugar in My Bowl." No other performance in recent memory is as overtly sexual and sensual as this one is; in fact, Clamor trumps Simone when it comes to sheer heat.

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POSTED ON JULY.24.2008



"Clamor to Swing in Vallejo" from Rich Freedman with Vallejo Times-Herald

Clamor said she's excited about her first Vallejo appearance, acknowledging the many Filipino residents here. "I love to connect with my brothers and sisters," she said. "I love talking to fans. It's one of the joys I get from performing."

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POSTED ON JULY.11.2008



"Filipina Diva Radiates Both Charm, Flair" from Charles Greenfield with Coral Gables Gazette

Her second album FlippinÆ Out (2007) was a critical hit with a fusion of jazz and Philippine folk music. The attractive contralto brings a sultry and throaty growl to many old-time American standards and introduces the audience to the torch songs of her homeland she terms ôJazzipinoö. Clamor's voice has the low resonance and earthiness of the great Sarah Vaughn or grounded voltage of Mississippi-born Cassandra Wilson.

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POSTED ON JULY.10.2008



"The Future of Music -- Today!" from Brian Ball with Women's Radio News

Change is good. Charmaine has definitely changed the way many will listen to music in the future as well as having updated a few classicsà àsuch as U2Æs 20th century pop hit, ôWith or Without You,ö where we are treated to some of the most beautiful low notes our musical scale has to offer, as delivered by one of the most versatile female vocalists of the last 50 or so years. Afterwards, we are left high on a cloud, somewhere between the feeling of being haunted and enlightened, as we move into the middle section of FlippinÆ Out.

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POSTED ON JULY.08.2008



"Spotlight: Charmaine Clamor" from Johnny Aruba with Hot House Florida

The rewarding South Florida summer music program continues to score high as Ms. Clamor joins the prestigious lineup as part of a three-month series. Here's your chance to hear an outstanding vocal stylist whose self-proclaimed "Jazzipino" -- fusing standard jazz and traditional Filipino music -- has been charming the West Coast (of California, not Florida!) for the past three years.

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POSTED ON JULY.01.2008



"Jazz From the East" from Raina McLeod with Miami New Times

Born in Subic-Zambales, Philippines, Clamor is the originator of jazzipino ù a hybrid that combines her native folk music with the smooth and easy nuances of a genre borne by greats such as Charlie Parker and Alice Coltrane. You might know the shooby-doos and baba-dees well, but after a night of American classics and your new soon-to-be-faves, youÆll be Clamor-ing for more. Not to worry ù youÆll be able to take home her critically acclaimed second album, FlippinÆ Out.

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POSTED ON JUNE.27.2008



"Sax and the City" from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

There is a bit of a jazz festival at PasadenaÆs Levitt Pavilion on Saturday, the highlight of which has to be singer Charmaine Clamor, whose torchy and swinging jazz blends standards and Filipino classics (often in Tagalog) is pretty irresistible (check out her FlippinÆ Out). Charmaine hasnÆt played locally since early spring, so itÆll be interesting to see if sheÆs gone in more of a world music direction after her jazzapino success. ItÆd be a natural fit. But whateverÆs sheÆs doing, the crowdsÆll love it. Something pretty refreshing on the local vocal scene: She hits the stage at 6:15 sharp.

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POSTED ON JUNE.19.2008



"Jazz Vocals With a Philippine Flavor" from Steve Holtje with Culture Catch

If the strong Philippine flavor of this disc puts it in a narrow specialty niche, that would be a shame, for Clamor is a talented artist and thereÆs nothing gimmicky about her move in this unusual direction. ItÆs actually pretty brave considering how staid and musically reactionary much of the jazz vocals audience can be, but if they dismiss Clamor on those grounds, theyÆre missing out on some fine singing.

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POSTED ON JUNE.07.2008



"Here's Clamoring for More Charmaine" from Ruben Nepales with Philippine Inquirer

LOS ANGELESùDespite having only two albums to her name, Charmaine Clamor is a rising jazz star in the US. Critics couldnÆt get enough of her.

For example, LA WeeklyÆs Brick Wahl, in recommending the Fil-Am singerÆs recent two-night gig at HollywoodÆs Catalina Bar & Grill as his jazz event pick of the week, wrote: ôShe made a big splash with FlippinÆ Outùits hip mix of beautifully arranged standards and jazzed-up Tagalog love songs took the æFilipina Singing SensationÆ into the upper reaches of the jazz and world charts. And no wonder: Her husky, sassy tone, languid moves and unpretentious Pinoy attitude thatÆs just a tad rebellious have the kind of natural appeal you canÆt buy at any music school.ö

The acclaim is typical of the critical plaudits that the Zambales-raised Charmaine has been getting since she released her first CD. The LA TimesÆ Don Heckman raved, ôHer debut album æSearching for the SoulÆ announced the arrival of an impressive new vocal artist.ö

Striking while the iron is hot, Charmaine will release simultaneously two CDs later this yearùone, an album of harana songs and the other, a follow-up to the very successful ôFlippinÆ Outö (available on www.charmaineclamor.com), which showcases ôjazzipino,ö her hybrid of jazz and Filipino music and lyrics. The concurrent release of these albums will make Charmaine the first Filipino artist to have two recordings climb the American charts at the same time.

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POSTED ON APRIL.20.2008



"Pinay 'Jazzipino' Singer Makes Waves in US" from Ruben Nepales with Philippines Daily Inquirer

In her sensuous, deep contralto voice, Charmaine then launched into her acclaimed interpolation of ôMy Funny Valentine,ö singing ôYouÆre my funny brown Pinayàö Later into the song, she managed to inject Magellan and how centuries of colonial rule made some of us, including herself as a little girl growing up in Subic, Zambales, try ôevery cream and soap to erase or lighten my skin.ö Heavy stuff to interject into a Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart standard, but Charmaine made it work with her sincere conviction and impassioned, soulful singing.

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POSTED ON APRIL.18.2008



"Clamoring for Charmaine in Brooklyn" from Robert P. DeTagle with New York Asian Journal

What struck me about this lady - whose full tones and confident approach on stage (contrasted to her accessible demeanor off-stage) remind me of Kuh Ledesma Ă» is her desire to keep her Filipino heritage fully in view even as she became the first Filipino jazz singer played on mainstream radio. At her New York City show launching her second album, Flippin' Out, at the Iridium Jazz Club last September, she let loose with "My Funny Brown Pinay" (to the tune of "My Funny Valentine") to proudly tell her story and her background to the mixed crowd that, guess what, included Ms. Brazil.

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POSTED ON APRIL.15.2008



"Jazz Explosion at the Grill" from John Lacson with Pinoy Wired

Charmaine, backed by master guitarist Ric Ickard, presented some of her harana songs. It is amazing how one great vocalist and an excellent classic guitar player can captivate a roomful of music lovers. And that they surely did. It was apparent that Jazzipino was the new drug being introduced into the veins of all jazz lovers.

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POSTED ON APRIL.08.2008



"Jazzy Pinay Power" from John Lacson with Pinoy Wired

True to contemporary jazz, her style is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Cassandra Wilson. Once in a while, she throws in a twist of Anita Baker. My opinion is that her range of style is equivalent to the female version of Michael Buble. She is a bundle of great jazz artists rolled into one persona. I am proud to be Filipino when I hear Charmaine Clamor deliver her stuff.

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POSTED ON APRIL.06.2008



"You Can't Buy This at Music School" from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

Her husky, sassy tone, languid moves and unpretentious Pinoy attitude thatÆs just a tad rebellious have the kind of natural appeal you canÆt buy at any music school.

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POSTED ON APRIL.03.2008



"Jazzipino has Arrived" from Jordan Richardson with Blogcritics Magazine

"FlippinÆ Out" is an eclectic, vivacious, poignant, emotive, stunning, and creative piece of music. It is a brilliant CD. Filipino music lovers and those inexperienced with the delightful genre will find something unique and extraordinary on this electrifying album. With several Filipino guest musicians and enough swagger to jolt even the most hardened critic, "FlippinÆ Out" is a splendid world music experience.

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POSTED ON MARCH.19.2008



"Utterly Beguiling" from Barry Bassis with Town & Village

As she demonstrates on the suggestive "Sugar in My Bowl" and "I Need a Lot of Love," her sexiness comes through in the recording. Whether crooning a golden oldie like "I Hadn't Anyone 'til You" or the "Filipino Suite" (comprised of songs from her homeland), or a novel interpretation of the Mario Lanza hit "Be My Love," the sounds are utterly beguiling.

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POSTED ON MARCH.08.2008



"Crazy for Clamor," from Lia Wang with Asian Connection

I'm crazy about Charmaine Clamor and you will be too once you experience her lush honeyed vocals in the Brooklyn Central Library's "Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings" concert on Sunday, March 2. Ms. Clamor will be accompanied by her quartet, including fellow Filipino alto saxophonist Julius Tolentino.

I first heard Ms. Clamor's latest release "Flippin' Out," late last year, and have been looking forward to catching her live. My favorite song on the CD is a humorous take on 'My Funny Valentine' called 'My Funny Brown Pinay' which celebrates the beauty of Filipinas. "Flippin' Out," made history by reaching the Top Five on both the JazzWeek World Music and Traditional Jazz charts, and she is the first Filipino jazz vocalist to find success on American radio. Her unique blending of American soul and swing with the traditional kundiman of her native Philippines has been dubbed "jazzipino."

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POSTED ON MARCH.01.2008



"Charmaine Weaves Her Web," from Dick Metcalf with Jazz Improvisation Nation

There are lots of tunes written by other folks on this album, but Ms. Clamor makes them all her own... stylistically, & soul-wise as well. I believe it's her deep-rich vocal quality (& it is quality, through & through) that will astound you most... she can reach right out & hook you into her audio fantasy.

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY.27.2008



"Valentine's Voices" from the music reviewer with Talkin' Broadway

Very pleasingly legato on the gentler numbers, Charmaine can also sing in a more clipped way, using little voice. In these instances, the musicians really keep things feeling filled-out; their work is so much more than "accompaniment." Charmaine Clamor will spend her Valentine's Day singing in Long Beach, California, at the Seabird Jazz Lounge. Looking at this CD when I received it in the mail, it was the standards that caught my eye, but these Filipino songs that caught my ear. In any language, romantic is romantic.

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY.14.2008



"Excellent Form" from Scott Yanow with Jazziz

Clamor has a warm voice and is coolly emotional and flexible enough to perform a variety of material. The other selections include a romantic "I Hadn't Anyone 'til You," a sensuous and witty "Candy," U2's "with or Without You," a surprisingly sensitive version of "Be My Love," "I Need a Lot of Love" (during which she interacts with an impressive singer, Mr.Z), and the old-time "Sugar in My Bowl."

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY.06.2008



"Clamoring for the Best Miri Jazz Festival," from Rajiri Clemfour with Borneo Post

KUCHING: Singer Charmaine Clamor whose vocals have been compared to jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan and Anita Baker, will be performing at the Miri International Jazz Festival from May 9 to 10.

US-based Clamor is also the first Filipina jazz singer to find success on American radio with her debut album entitled æSearching for the SoulÆ released in 2005.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.31.2008



"A Dynamic New Compass Point in World Music" from Christopher Loudon with Jazz Times

That Filipino-American singer Charmaine Clamor is as drop-dead gorgeous as Nancy Wilson or Lena Horne is a nice bonus, but is beside the point. What really matters is that Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Wilson and Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession. ItÆs a sound that generated plenty of attention when, three years ago, she served up a delectable assortment of standards on her debut disc, Searching for the Soul. Now, with the release of FlippinÆ Out, Clamor has moved a giant step forward, crafting an entirely new musical form; a hybrid of American jazz and Filipino folk music dubbed ôjazzipinoö (a term the albumÆs title anagrammatically toys with).

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POSTED ON JANUARY.09.2008



"Tagalog Jazz" from George Varga with San Diego Union-Tribune

A gifted singer who performs in both English and Tagalog, Charmaine Clamor doesn't lack for ambition. She is at the forefront of a musical hybrid she dubs "Jazzipino," which deftly combines mainstream jazz and svelte blues with the traditional Filipino music of her homeland. This unlikely but fetching synthesis is highlighted on her impressive second album, "Flippin Out." So prepare to be dazzled in at least two languages when she and her band perform.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.03.2008



"Uncommonly Unique" from the Jazz Reviewer with In Tune International

The grand movie song "Be My Love" (Brodszky/Cahn) from "The Toast of New Orleans" is smartly sung. Charmaine quietly starts to undersing this remembered evergreen but mid-song in her native language exhibits a most gracious departure to a striking conclusion. Not to be neglected is "Candy" (David/Kramer/Whitney). It's sung for all it's worth in a triple-x rated way. Charmaine midway sensually scats while I stand by with a fire extinguisher facing my player. I never realized until now just what might lie behind some of the most popular songs I grew up with.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.02.2008



"Pick of the Week" from Christopher DeLaurenti with The Seattle Stranger

Charmaine Clamor brings her languid phrasing and captivating, dusky alto to jazz standards. I like her cover of "With or Without You," which brings U2's plangent melody back to the blues.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.26.2007



"Putting the Zing in That Swing" from Don Heckman with LA TIMES

There weren't a lot of familiar names in the lineup Friday for the third annual Fil-Am Jazz Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill. At least not for anyone in the audience who wasn't Philippine. Although singer Charmaine Clamor has begun to get some much-deserved attention as an appealing new arrival, many of the other artists are best known in their native Philippines.

But surprise! The program was a delight, a nonstop string of first-rate performances testifying to the high quality of Philippine musical talent as well as to the global reach of jazz.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.10.2007



"Pacific Heights" from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

Headlining this year is ôJazzipinoö (who came up with that?) singing sensation Charmaine Clamor, whose way hiply titled FlippinÆ Out blends some well-done standards and some interpretations of traditional tunes from the Philippines sung in a beautiful, jazzy Tagalog. SheÆs very effective live too, long and sultry and classic.

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.05.2007



"A Four-Star Masterpiece" from the Music Editor with Davis (California) Enterprise

The important news: Clamor can sing anything. Her ballads are exquisite; her mid-tempo tunes really swing; her blues will light your fire. Her voice is warm and sultry, her phrasing total perfection. Half the tunes here are standards, like "Candy," "Be My Love," and "My Funny Valentine"; the latter's poignant lyrics have been modified for her Pinay sisters.

This lady has the talent to be a major star.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.28.2007



"Flippin' Way Out for Jazzipino" from Karl Stober with Jazz Review

Filipino native Charmaine Clamor is making an impact wherever she performs, quickly finding her name on numerous marquees across the globe. Wherever this young and sultry jazz siren blankets her voice, heads turn to embrace her signature elegance. Ms Clamor not only vocalizes emotions, she sculpts memories with her hypnotic presence in sync with her sensual injection of jazz melodies.

The jazz scribes portray her from the Filipino Sarah Vaughan to the bridge that bonds two cultures; the truth is Ms Clamor is on a stageĂ  by herself. The innovative arrangements, sundry melodies, and metamorphosis of two musical traditions only can be portrayed as stunningly ingenious.

In 2005, this charming young woman crossed the threshold of jazz with the passionate self-debut of ôSearching for the Soul,ö and two years out, the critically acknowledged second album, "FlippinÆ Out" (2007), which integrated the heartbeat and swing of American jazz. No doubt more is to come, but from what direction, we will have to wait, for the passion that drives the force of Ms Charmaine Clamor is not just a passing juncture. Ms Clamor is a stunning entertainer with a mission and message to deliver. Jazz was blessed the day this vocalist's microphone went hot!

As we spent time, she spoke about her heritage and how it factored into her writing and technique. Ms. Clamor addressed the American and Filipino cultures and how they both transformed into what we know today as "Jazzipino."

Recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States by The Filipino WomenÆs Network, one understands the impact she has had, not just in music, but socially worldwide. There is so much more to this young artist as you will discover when you go between sets with Charmaine Clamor.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.27.2007



Fil-Am Library's '7th Spirit Awards' from Albert Bataclan with Weekend Balita

The line-up of performers at this yearÆs gala sang songs from Broadway, as well as from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Singer Dessa began her set with ôItÆs All Coming Back to Me Now,ö the Celine Dion hit. She followed that by her haunting rendition of ôSaan Ka Man Naroroon,ö which was followed by her medley of R&B hits. Angelo ôGeloö Francisco, of the popular a capella trio ôThree of a Kind,ö the only male singer of the evening, sang a medley of Broadway tunes and graced the audience with the Spanish bolero classic, ôEres Tu.ö Joni Feliciano, the Aliw award-winning singer, who has recently moved to Los Angeles, offered bossa nova classics from Jobim and the classic, ôLike a Loverö.

But the evening belonged to Charmaine Clamor, the ôJazzipinoö purveyor and singer. Fronting a 4 piece live band, Charmaine sang ôMy Funny Brown Pinay,ö her version of the classic American pop song ôMy Funny Valentineö as well as the popular Philippine kundiman, ôHindi Kita Malimot.ö

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.29.2007



"Something Really Different in Jazz Vocals" from Michael P. Gladstone with All About Jazz

Clamor's approach, as well as appearance, suggests a similarity to the way that singer Julie London enthralled an audience with both her breathy, sensual vocals and her photogenic presence. While there is little physical or vocal similarity between these two singers, they both beckon listeners to the boudoir door, with Clamor using a distinct approach via the back door entrance. Clamor reports that her style was influenced by pointers from her friend and mentor, the big-voiced Linda Hopkins.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.24.2007



Vocalist Charmaine Clamor Named One of AmericaÆs Most Influential Filipino Women, from Roxana Hadadi with Jazz Times

Clamorùwho falls under the category of ôInnovators and Thought Leadersö in the listùis being recognized for having ôbroken new ground through vibrant, energetic presentations of critical ideas, transforming the way people think in the fields of sports, arts and letters, performing arts or through pop culture.ö

The vocalistÆs contribution to the jazz world comes in the form ôjazzipino,ö a musical form that combines the American soul and swing genres with the melodies and language of the Philippines. ClamorÆs album ôFlippinÆ Outö exhibited the new musical form and was sung in English, Tagalog and Bisayan.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.13.2007



"Live Review: CHARMAINE CLAMOR @ IRIDIUM," from Lucy Galliher with Cabaret Exchange

On September 12, 2007, the young and talented Filipino-born singer Charmaine Clamor celebrated the release of her new CD, FlippinÆ Out at the Iridium Jazz Club in midtown Manhattan. Featured with her were pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Mike Karn, drummer McClenty Hunter and alto saxophonist Julius Tolentino, who also played on ClamorÆs CD.

Charmaine Clamor looked beautiful in a long sleeveless brown dress, and sang with pure, pleasing, solid notes. The set opened with ôMy Funny Brown Pinay,ö which is Rodgers and HartÆs tune ôMy Funny Valentine,ö with original lyrics by Charmaine. Jeb Patton served as musical director, having had a lot of experience playing with the Heath Brothers. He directed the band to establish a jumpy rhythm to start, solidifying it into a smooth swing.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.17.2007



"Chanteuse Embraces Two Worlds," from Robert Young with Boston Herald

Maybe it was the Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mario Lanza albums Charmaine Clamor heard at home as a young girl. Or maybe it was the traditional love songs of her native Philippines she sang as a child. Or just maybe it was the American pop she belted out at weddings or along with the karaoke machine.

Whatever it was, Filipino-American singer Clamor - who makes her Boston debut tomorrow at the new Beehive in the South End - has turned her unique cultural and musical upbringing into a jazz-meets-world music style she calls jazzipino.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.16.2007



"One of the Finest Singers to Come Around in a Long Time," from Jerry D'Souza with ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Charmaine Clamor spins a web of magic every time she sings. Her expressive voice lets the words breathe and throb as she captures the essence of the lyrics and brings them to life. It matters little whether she is singing jazz, blues, pop, or songs from her native Philippines, she takes each one and makes them her own.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.13.2007



"Practicing Jazzipino," from Zan Stweart with Newark Star-Ledger

Singer Charmaine Clamor, a native of the Philippines who lives in Los Angeles, has developed a new and unique vocal style. She calls it Jazzipino, a style that mixes aspects of jazz and blues with the melodies, languages and instruments of traditional Filipino music.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.12.2007



"Good News from Fil-Am Singer Charmaine Clamor," from Rene Villaroman with Asian Journal

FlippinÆ Out has achieved unprecedented worldwide attention because it has the audacity to break out of the Filipino mold, recognizing that Filipino music is inherently beautiful and has the potential to be accepted globally, in the same vein that Filipinos have embraced the indigenous music of Brazilian Sergio Mendez, the Swedish group ABBA, and American jazz pianist and composer David Benoit, to name a few.

ôPanahon na,ö Charmaine told Asian Journal. ôItÆs our time. Filipinos are creeping up to the mainstream, not only in music, but in every aspect of the art world, and IÆm so thrilled to be a part of it,ö she added.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.11.2007



"Flippin' Out is a Mold-Shattering Breakthrough That Will Be Claimed a Classic," from A. Scott Galloway with Urban Network

I was proud to tell you about this lady two years ago and now even prouder to present her awesome sophomore CD, Flippin' Out. The title is a take off on her Philippine roots but more importantly, the album marks further proof that Clamor will be the first great Filipina jazz singer (she dubs her music "jazzipino"). The seriousness of this lady's gifts is proven on track #1, a "flip" of the standard "My Funny Valentine" (personalized as "My Funny Brown Pinay") that she sings to herself as opposed to a lover, claiming pride in her natural looks and beauty, singing sections in her native tongue, then revisits the chorus at the 5 and a half minute mark with a power that will rock you to your core.

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.03.2007



"Taking Chances," from George Harris with JazzWeekly

On her sophomore release, singer Charmaine Clamor has put out an intriguing concept by mixing the Great American Songbook with the Great Filipino Songbook. Here, backed by Tierney SuttonÆs trio of Christian Jacob (p) Trey Henry (b) and Ray Brinker (b), she gives cleverly crafted and arranged takes on the likes of ôCandyö andöI HadnÆt Anyone æTil You.ö

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POSTED ON SEPTEMBER.01.2007



"Tasty Music!" from Duncan Christy with Delta SKY Magazine

Flippin' Out (FreeHam) is a fluid nod both to her jazz chops and to her Filipino heritage. It's quite a recording, as she moves effortlessly between the ultrasensuous and the ultrarhythmic, between smoke and fire.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.27.2007



"Jazz Fans Are Clamoring for Charmaine," from Rene Villaroman with Asian Journal

With FlippinÆ Out, Charmaine Clamor is positioned as the next breakthrough jazz and world music artist.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.26.2007



"One of the Most Exciting Performers to Come Around in Years," from Grady Harp, Top 10 Reviewer with Amazon.com

Charmaine Clamor is one of the brightest new stars on the jazz vocalist horizon. She is simply the most gifted, unique performer this listener has encountered in a long time. Not only is her well-trained voice luscious and beautiful in tone and range, but she also knows how to explore the heritages of jazz and her cultural background of the Philippines and marries all this with a sensuous communication that is irresistible.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.13.2007



A "Stupefying and Daring Performance," from Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez with JazzReview.com

The wiggling, shifting, and waves in ClamorÆs singing are personalized, giving each note its own special feature and meaning. Charmaine ClamorÆs performance is stupefying and daring and makes a profound and lasting impression on the listenerÆs mind.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.08.2007



Flippin' Out lauded at O's, from D. Oscar Groomes with O's Place Jazz Newsletter

She's the first Filipina that we've come across on the jazz scene and she makes a strong, positive statement. She does an excellent job singing the blues on "Sugar In My Bowl" and "With Or Without You" reminded us of Cassandra Wilson. But Clamor has her own vocal signature.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.06.2007



Flippin' Out Reviewed in Cover Story, from Myrna Daniels with LA JAZZ SCENE

Clamor's debut album, Searching for the Soul, was well received by music critics. Success has made Clamor confident and even more ambitious. Her second CD, Flippin' Out, is a daring and innovative gift to the world. She sings in English and Tagalog, a first for the jazz world. She has always dreamed of combining American jazz and blues with traditional Filipino folk music, creating a new hybrid she calls "jazzipino." If anyone can pull off this radical idea, it will be Clamor.

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POSTED ON JULY.30.2007



Clamor is an Asset to Jazz, and a Contributor to the Continued Traditions of Women in Jazz, from John Book with Music for America

Filipinos. Jazz. A lot of people may find it difficult to know of any Filipinos who have made an impact in jazz in the last 40 years, but one can refer to such people as Gabe Baltazar, Nohelani Cypriano, Bobby Gonzalez and Matt Catingub. Most people may not know this, but the roots of what we now know as jazz touched the Phillipines in the late 19th century, and truly established itself in the 1920's. Filipinos in and outside of the country would take their love of jazz with them, and while not in the forefront, the truth is that they have contributed to the legacy of jazz throughout the 20th century. In the United States there have been countless hits and misses, especially in Hawai'i where being local but playing music other than traditional Hawaiian can make you an outcast from the start. Fortunately for people like Gabe Baltazar, he played with some of the best jazz musicians of the East and West Coasts, came close to becoming a major player in the jazz world with an album that was scheduled for release on Impulse but canceled. For years, what some would call "Pinoy Jazz" has always bubbled under but never managed to crack the mainstream. Charmaine Clamor is someone who wants to change the existing perceptions, and as someone who claims to be the first Filipina to gain success on American jazz radio, she is off to a great start. Her second album, jokingly titled Flippin' Out (FreeHam), is no laughing matter and in fact one false smirk could get you a few stink eye from this Pinay.

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POSTED ON JUNE.29.2007



ALL ABOUT JAZZ Reviews "Flippin' Out", from Glenn Astarita with ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Filipina diva Charmaine Clamor grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Mario Lanza and moved to southern California at the age of sixteen.

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POSTED ON JUNE.23.2007



JazzTrenzz Reviews Flippin' Out, from Karl Stober with EJAZZNEWS

"Take a look at my skin...it's brown!" and from those first words of the first spin I knew this artist was someone who jazz would embrace. Charmaine Clamor will catch you as she did me with her 2007 release from FreeHam called "Flippin' Out", a multi-genre, multi-directional emotional spin. "Flippin' Out" takes you by surprise and draws you in quickly...

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POSTED ON JUNE.16.2007



Celebrity Cafe: Flippin' Out CD Review, from Sari Kent with TheCelebrityCafe.com

Charmaine Clamor's debut album, "Flippin' Out," is an amalgamation of a handful of varying musical genres such as jazz, R & B, blues and soul that blossom into a style that is music to listeners' ears.

On "My Funny Brown Pinay" Clamor emotes about how many of her peers didn't feel like they fit into society because of the color of their skin. Clamor sends a message of empowerment to her fellow ladies that they are in fact gorgeous with such lyrics as, "Take a look at my skin, its brown. Go ahead and look at my nose. It's flat. I'm singin' for all my sisters growin' up thinkin' they don't look right, cuz they ain't white. Scrubbin' with the fire soap to make it light. Girl, I think you're out of sight. You are beautiful." Metered piano and percussion play along with Clamor's unhurried pace. It is very relaxing. It brings home her directive that no matter what your shade, you are an effulgent creature inside and out.

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POSTED ON JUNE.16.2007



Classy Jazz, via the Philippines from Don Heckman with Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section E10

When Charmaine Clamor's warm, luscious contralto slips into a rhythmically seductive version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" or purrs through the tender lyrics of "The Very Thought of You," there's no doubt that a first-rate jazz talent is present. Her first album, "Searching for the Soul" (2005), announced the arrival of an impressive new vocal artist who worked her magic with material including Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," Rodgers and Hart's "My Romance" and Gordon and Warren's "You'll Never Know."

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.07.2006



Charmaine Clamor: All Jazzed Up from Elaine Santore with Filipinas Magazine

Charmaine Clamor is a busy woman. Her latest album, "Searching for the Soul," has garnered rave reviews, making her the first Filipina to break into the American jazz scene. She also sings with the acclaimed five-part jazz vocal group Crescendo and is a founding member of JazzPhil-USA.

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.01.2006



The Sultry Voice of Charmaine Clamor, from Matrayi Joneja with Seattle International Examiner

Charmaine Clamor walks onto the stage with the kind of glamour and elegance exuded only by the big stars. She walks with simplicity and ease as if she had long been waiting for this moment to come, and now that the time has come, she will perform the part perfectly, as planned. She has realized her dream. She knows she has come a long way. Yes, she knows simplicity. She is the perfect picture of an immigrant who has emerged a winner after years of hard work and labor. Undoubtedly, she is talented and her talent has helped her through these years of struggle.

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POSTED ON OCTOBER.18.2006



CD Reviews: Searching for the Soul (FreeHam 2005) from Fritz the Nite Owl with Smooth Jazz WJZA 103.5FM/104.3FM, Columbus, OH

Charmaine is a contralto, singing in the lowest ranges of female vocalizing. This register adds enormous warmth, intimacy, sensuality to all of her selections and makes this one of the very best "Jazz for Slow-Dancin' Romancin' for the Wee-Hours" CDs ever recorded. "Soulful" is how one of the many callers described her when I debuted her on my show.

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POSTED ON APRIL.01.2006



LA JAZZ SCENE Raves for "Searching for the Soul" from Jim Santella with LA JAZZ SCENE

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POSTED ON MARCH.01.2006



CD Reviews: Searching for the Soul (FreeHam 2005) from George Harris with ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Blessed with a "bedroom eyes" voice, Charmaine Clamor has put out a lovely and eclectic collection of musical pieces. With the support of the likes of Dave Tull (drums) and Kim Richmond (alto), she lends her warm voice and gentle vibrato lusciously on the likes of "My Romance" and a particularly reflective "Come Sunday."

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POSTED ON JANUARY.02.2006



CD Reviews: Searching for the Soul (FreeHam 2005) from Scott Galloway with Urban Network, Vol 16 Number 10

Ms. Clamor is a lovely Filipina making her debut splash in the pop jazz arena after several years as a member of the jazz harmony ensemble Crescendo. Not since Pauline Wilson of the Christian jazz fusion band Seawind has a vocalist of Island origin so naturally embraces the soulful elegance of the African American art form...

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.01.2005



JAZZ NEWS Raves for "Searching for the Soul" from Ron Sagye La Rue with JAZZ NEWS

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POSTED ON NOVEMBER.26.2005



Charmaine Clamor's Colorado concert was great -- we'd love to see her again! from Gil Asakawa with NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog

Charmaine Clamor was terrific in her first Colorado appearance Jan. 28 at the Broomfield Auditorium. The Philippines-born, US-raised jazz singer, who does a fine job singing the classic song catalog but adds a layer of unique talent by bringing her jazz singing chops to traditional Filipino songs as well as original music and lyrics in Tagalog. The 300-seat auditorium, one of the best rooms of its size in the metro area for sound and ambience, wasn't quite full but I bet next time Clamor comes to the area, word of mouth will bring in a full house. Kudos to KUVO, the jazz public radio station, for supporting the show, and to the Filipino American Community of Colorado, which brought her here as much for her Pinay presence as for her music.

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POSTED ON JANUARY.01.2000



Brick's Picks: Far East, Far Out from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

Closing the festival on Sunday is Charmaine Clamor & Her Killin' Sweethearts. The Sweethearts Ăą including pianist Eli Brueggemann, drummer Abe Lagrimas and a horn section led by fine tenor Robby Marshall Ăą is the same octet on her fine new Something Good. KKJZ's Bubba Jackson lays down the final benediction.

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Don Heckman's Picks of the Week from Don Heckman with International Review of Music

Sunday afternoon features the Japanese-American pop-jazz singer Ernie Meyer and the hip-hop electronica of the Shanghai Restoration Project. And the festival soars to a close on Sunday night when a pair of extraordinary jazz vocalists take center stage: Charmaine Clamor and Sachel Vasandani, with the amiable Bubba Jackson hosting.

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"The Asian American Music Festival" from Art Jackson with Smooth Jazz

On the final evening of the program, two rising stars with their own brand of jazz closed out the event as Sachal Vasandani with his sophisticated delivery style and lyrical muse toggles from Bobby Caldwell, Michael Franks and Kurt Elling and Charmaine Clamor and her Killin' Sweethearts with a range from sultry to swing with her form of "Jazzipino" were excellent choices to close out this music festival.

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