Several years ago, I met a young vocalist from Toronto who was pursuing a concentration in vocal jazz. From the moment I heard her open her mouth, that golden tone, natural feel and wonderfully expressive phrasing and musicality set her apart as something special.

Since then, Melissa Stylianou has made acclaimed recordings and entrenched herself in the New York jazz scene. She’s been touring the world as part of the award-winning vocal ensemble Duchess. Now, she has a new album called Dream Dancing with guitarist Gene Bertoncini and bassist Ike Sturm.

Stylianou joined us to talk about her new album.