The first time I heard Joel Fleisher sing, I knew he had something special. There are many singers performing today who like to call themselves Jazz singers, but sadly most of them fall short of the definition of Jazz singer. Joel has a wonderful feel for the lyrics of the songs from the "Great American Songbook" and is able to put his own special touch on these "Evergreens" that bring them back to life with new spirit. Joel's speciality is performing songs everyone knows and loves by adding his own arrangement of notes that still retain the spirit of the melody but at the same time gives them a new and fresh life. He does this in the true spirit of Jazz singing by simply not singing melody and lyric exactly as written by the composer. And the results are wonderful!
Joel has been singing for most of his life, and he studied both Classical and Jazz at Monterey Peninsula College before moving to San Francisco where he continued his studies at San Francisco State University.
Joel has made his living as a teacher but as soon as he retired, he rediscovered his vocation in singing Jazz and has been performing in various Jazz venues throughout California. I have enjoyed his singing performances I attended in the Coachella Valley area for the past few years. I love the way Joel takes chances with Vocal changes and emotions with every song he sings.
I have attached a "YouTube" of Joel Fleisher singing "East of the Moon" for your listening enjoyment!