Giovanna Albaroni was born in Florence, Italy and began playing professionally while serving in the US Army as a member of the 24th infantry division band in Fort Stewart, Georgia, where she was able to gain extensive experience in a wide variety of musical styles. A graduate of Mansfield University where she received a BA in music, Gianna was able to continue to expand her breadth of musical styles to include orchestra, chamber music, and musical theater. Gianna's melodic and poly-rhythmic approach to Classic Jazz brings a unique sound to The Nines musical arrangements.
Valerie Aspinall was born in Central, NY, but grew up in many places, spending her teenage years in the Mid-West. Although her roots are in Country music and the Big Band sounds of the 40's and 50's, her early exposure to the multi-cultural fabric of the US inspired a love for many musical styles. Valerie is a classically trained vocalist with a background in musical theater, and has performed extensively with various musical groups, perfecting her compelling stage presence. Valerie's smoky mezzo-soprano voice perfectly compliments Lauren's sultry soprano.
Lisa Bloom, originally from northern New Jersey, has been playing piano and bass professionally since high school. Lisa has a Bachelor of Music with a
major in Composition. Previous experience includes a music directorship in Scotland's Edinburgh Festival, bassist for Manhattan-based swing bands playing gigs at the Copa Cabana, and piano for Melissa Etheridge. She wrote the song, "Angels", to raise funds for relief efforts and has had airplay in the northeast. She currently lives and gigs in Central New York. Lisa is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and holds a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Lauren Johnson Albaroni began singing professionally in 1993, when she and her mother, Nancy Stewart-Johnson, experimented with a cabaret act
for a local community revue. While her musical tastes are clearly eclectic, Lauren loves singing jazz. She cites Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Dianne Schurr among her influences.
Lisa Tokarz - Originally from Auburn, NY, Lisa brings 25 years of experience playing the alto saxophone in the Syracuse music scene. Her influences include David Sanborn, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Hodges and the former E-Street Band's Clarence Clemons. Lisa's versatile and sensuous playing style adds an element of raw passion to the smooth jazz of The Nines. She is a huge fan of the Jordan-Elbridge HIgh School Marching Eagles, and loves to play the blues.