Ann Belmont

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Biography


Ann Belmont is a versatile musician who  splits her time between New York City and Kerhonkson, NY.  As a guitarist, vocalist and bassist, she has performed in countless  clubs, concert halls, hospitals, schools, cruises, and special events. She is currently resident musician with Big Apple Playback Theatre as well as Hudson River Playback Theatre. In other theatrical work, Ann was guitarist for “Serenade the World”, a tribute to the music of Oscar Brown Jr. which played at the National Black Theater of Harlem and elsewhere in Manhattan, and “A Pure Gospel America”, a vocal revue for which she was the bassist, seen in Westchester and New Jersey. She served as bassist or guitarist for off- Broadway productions of Hello Dolly, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side story and others. She’s also a part of “Musical Magic Carpet Ride”, a revue designed to use music to foster curiosity about reading, and has appeared as guest musician for the New York Pops music in the schools program. From 2006-2013, she served as music director and choir director of Montclair Unity Church in Montclair, N.J. More recently she directed the Rainbow Chorus in Kingston, NY for two years.
 
A long-time member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, Ann has received two nominations for the BMI Charlie Parker Award for  jazz orchestral writing, and her work has been featured in concert with the BMI Jazz Orchestra, the Diane Moser Big Band, Friends Jazz Orchestra, and under her own name.  She was awarded a Meet the Composer grant to present a performance in Hartford, Conn., of “Kansas”, a piece for jazz orchestra plus strings. She has to her credit an album of original solo guitar pieces for Valentino Music, which are used on radio and TV both here and overseas. She's written many choral arrangements as well as original choral works,  instrumental arrangements for  big bands such as Swing Fever and smaller units like Gary Lovett’s Hall of Fame, ranging stylistically from swing to Brazilian to R & B.
 
“Smooth, cool, hooky jazz...with driving Latin rhythms and smart yet innocent lyrics” is how Ann’s songwriting is described bySongwriters’ Guild past president Claudia Koal. With her quintet,Belmont Drive, she has played such venues as St. Peter’s Church and been featured in special events including the annual Many Colors of a Woman jazzfest in Hartford. The band recorded a CD, “Dream World”, produced by Kimerica Music. Ann is also featured on Latin-jazz great Bobby Paunetto’s album “Composer in Public”. 
  
Ann grew up in the Catskill area. Her earliest professional gigs were in Catskill resort hotels and ski resorts. She went back to school and completed an undergraduate degree from CUNY/BAC at City College in 2005, with a combined major in music composition, theory, and performance. In 2012, she received a master's degree in composition from CUNY as well.