About

Singer Jeanne O’Connor launched “The New Standard” in the summer of 2009. Jeanne was a New York City-based vocalist primarily known for her jazz singing until her move to Saratoga Springs, NY, some 9 years ago. “After spending much of my musical career singing tunes from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, I felt like revisiting some of the music that I grew up with,” says Jeanne. “I pulled together some of the best musicians I had gotten to know in this area, from different genres of music. Some of us are jazzers, some of us are more oriented toward folk, indie, rock, blues, or R&B. It’s been great to work with such an eclectic and creative group of players.”

Jeanne continues, “These songs from my youth are now standards in the best sense of the word: beautifully crafted tunes that are such a pleasure to rearrange and perform. The tunes really resonate with people, and the band plays with such musicality and passion.”

Some of the songs reinterpreted and revived by the band: Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” Joni Mitchell’s “Carey,” Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” Burt Bachrach’s “Do You Know the Way To San Jose?” and the Beatles’ classic “The Word.”

The group’s debut performance in 2009 at Saratoga’s Caffè Lena garnered a mention by Jim Dwyer in The New York Times (Aug. 28, 2009). In a piece about the 60s songwriter Ellie Greenwich, he wrote,

“A few weeks ago, at the Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, a captivating jazz singer named Jeanne O’Connor closed a show with a song for a member of the band who was getting married: “Chapel of Love.”It’s not likely that many in the audience knew who Ellie Greenwich was. But all of them, from kids to old-timers, spontaneously sang out her chorus, “We’re going to the chapel …” They knew it by heart.”

At one recent show, writer Robert Preuss observed:

“Now, in spite of the familiarity of some of these tunes … from Bert Bachararch’s ‘Do You Know the Way to San José?’ to Van Morrison’s ‘Crazy Love’ to Carole King’s ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ – all heard over the past several decades from cruise ships to karaoke bars and everywhere in between – this was a show of the highest level. If PBS had thought to record the show for broadcast … it would have equaled or exceeded the vast majority of musical programs of old or new music ever televised. Some of that has to do with the vocal dynamics. With Jeanne O’Connor and young Mallory O’Donnell trading leads through most of the show with Bon Warren and percussionist Sam Zucchini harmonizing, the harmonies were rich and tonalities complex and rewarding….Some of the quality came from the sheer quality of musicianship in a combination that seemed to bring out the best in all of them.”

Jeanne O’Connor and the New Standard – a group of artists who bring musical excellence, classic rock and pop dance grooves, and joyous sound to concert stages, nightclubs, outdoor festivals, and private celebrations.