Jazz Insights: Yvonne Monnett

Warwick’s Yvonne Monnett is a much sought-after jazz pianist accompanist throughout southern New England. Her Rhode Island musical roots began in Providence, beginning private piano lessons at age five. Young Yvonne wanted to become a seasoned jazz pianist.

She improved her skills with important lessons obtained from the multi-talented Diamond Centofanti. Yvonne worked hard practicing Diamond’s basic teachings. Her effort became obvious in her performances..
She paid her dues, so to speak, playing clubs and lounges and private parties with notable local talent. Soon, Yvonne landed regular gigs, including sensational work with  Bob Saraceno, Dick Lupino and the late Clay Osborn..
Yvonne has become a terrific entertainer, using her talented voice with her developed piano skills, and she is routinely listed among the best jazz pianists in New England. Her resume today includes several important gigs in New York City, one accompanying young Billy Gilman on live NBC’s “Today Show” (in 2002), and performing for Bill and Hillary Clinton (on an early campaign stop in Rhode Island).
Her Thanks for the Memory album features her earliest influences gathered from the late cabaret songstress Blossom Dearie and the late great saxophonist Stan Getz. Yvonne, in her spare time, teaches jazz voice in the Applied Music Program at Brown University.

Keep your eyes open for her advertised performances in Rhode Island with varied local talent. Her followers and fans alike will promise you a delightful entertainment experience.

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