Dr. Tish Oney, vocalist, arranger and Artistic Director of the widely acclaimed, nationally‐touring production, The Peggy Lee Project, completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at The University of Southern California's renowned Thornton School of Music. The Peggy Lee Project, resulting from Oney's dissertation research, features Dr. Oney's updated, contemporary jazz arrangements of original songs by Peggy Lee to the delight of both young and older audiences. Tish's collaboration with Grammy‐winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe has produced an unparalleled tribute to a prolific, but relatively under‐appreciated songwriter.
Appearing in April 2007 along with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Take 6, Wynonna and Patti Austin as a featured soloist in the PBS broadcast performance: "We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song" held in Los Angeles, Dr. Oney continues to perform for appreciative audiences all over the world. She has performed and recorded with several noted jazz artists including Les Brown, Donald Byrd, John Chiodini, Bill Watrous, Bob Rozario, Bob Sachs, Noel Freidline, Ray Brinker, Alan Steinberger, Bob Leatherbarrow, Chris Conner, Roy McCurdy, Joe Riposo, and Steve Brown, among others. Oney has headlined at national jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Seattle?s Earshot Jazz Festival and New York's Metropolitan Room.
Tish maintains a very active touring and recording career and has been featured internationally on both radio and television. Oney?s latest CD, Dear Peg, earned international recognition in WHLI Radio?s Top 50 Releases of 2009 as well as 2010 firstround Grammy consideration for ?Best Jazz Vocal Album? and ?Best Traditional Pop Album.? This historically important recording honors the songwriting achievements of vocal jazz icon Peggy Lee and features former members of Lee's band including John Chiodini, guitar, Bill Watrous, trombone and Bob Leatherbarrow, vibes. The band also features L.A. jazz stars Kendall Kay on drums and Joel Hamilton on bass.
A mainstay in the Los Angeles jazz scene, Tish has been lauded in the 2008 book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. She has also been honored with The Diane Warren Award and a second initiation into national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Oney earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. She continues to actively compose, arrange, conduct, teach master classes and appear nationwide as a soloist in both jazz and classical circles. Her diverse artistic talents combine to form a consummate vocal artist with exceptional technique, improvisational skill, and expertise. For more information about Tish and her career, see www.tishoney.com.
?Tish Oney does Lee and her songs prouder than anyone in contemporary times (AllMusic.com) and should give more famous singers like Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, or Jane Monheit pause for concern. She's firmly on their trail."
?Oney is one of the finest arrangers and composers on the jazz music scene today and her vocals are breathtakingly beautiful.? (Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs Magazine)