Her voice is sweet, clear and pure, with a deceptively wide range and attractive vibrato, superior intonation and enunciation, totally devoid of “jazzy” licks and cliché’s. The repertoire she’s chosen is ideal for her and includes American songbook classics like “Skylark,” “I Concentrate on You,” and “The Nearness of You".

While she prefers to let a good deal of the lyrics and written melodies speak for themselves, she does improvise tastefully and subtly. She chooses to make understated variations on the melody and shifts the phrasing of same when it makes, shall we say, “swinging sense.” 

        Bruce Klauber                     

Song Samples

Mary Ellen Desmond vocalist

  • Snowed in With You 0:29

  • Love Turns Winter to Spring0:21

  • It's Over Now0:08

  • I Like It Here0:15



  • Black Coffee0:33

  • You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To0:24

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"Ms. Desmond

delivers jazz

with stunning style."

-Philadelphia METRO 2003

"A swinging stylist

who is simply

a  joy to hear."  

- Jazztimes  2012