JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.
Typhanie is a performer, educator and recording artist whose three critically acclaimed, independently produced albums have captured the ears of Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich and thousands of dedicated fans. She has shared the stage with jazz’s elite, including Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, The Manhattan Transfer and Mavis Staples.
A bold, engaging performer with the ability to reach straight to the heart of her listeners, Typhanie has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues, including Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and City Winery, Smalls Jazz Club in New York, The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis and The Dakota in Minneapolis. She has enthralled audiences and brought enthusiastic crowds to their feet at major outdoor festivals like Taste of Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Typhanie’s long-awaited album CALL IT MAGIC reflects her focused passion as a vocalist and her hard-won maturity as a human being. Envisioned as a conversation and a journey, the album pairs jazz and pop standards with originals penned by Typhanie in a call-and-response of hard-hitting emotion and thoughtful reflection. Over the course of 10 tracks, Typhanie reveals her vocal depth and versatility as she transports listeners down the rough roads of love, struggle, heartbreak, acceptance and rebirth.
Featuring guest contributions from clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Victor Goines, B-3 organist Tony Monaco and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, CALL IT MAGIC was made with Grammy-recognized producer Jeff Levenson.
An in-demand educator and vocal coach, Monique served on the adjudication panel of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. She has studied privately with legendary vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Shelia Jordan and the late Mark Murphy, and considers herself a lifelong student of the art of singing.
“Monique has never lacked for stage presence or vocal audacity. … One of these days, the rest of the world is going to discover her.” —Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“[Monique] brings a bright soprano voice to the stage with heartfelt passion and musical accuracy. Her expressiveness indicates a rising star.” —Jim Santella, Cadence
“Typhanie Monique shows off her considerable chops in vintage and neosoul as well as jazz classics.” —Time Out Chicago