Michigan-born jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger, Hannah Baiardi is committed to “moving jazz forward.” Hannah’s sound is original and contemporary, drawing upon soul/jazz/pop influences in addition to more traditional jazz artists. Learning by ear, she started playing piano and writing her first songs when she was three. Composing since three, Hannah has crafted a unique sound that lets the subtleties and nuances of her music speak. Her lush harmonies and memorable melodies contribute to a sophisticated sound beyond her years. Known to some as the “unstoppable ear,” Hannah is developing a reputation as a composer/arranger, working with other artists and creating songs with unusual instrumentation. She began transcribing Oscar Peterson by ear at the age of seven and went on to attend the University of Michigan Jazz Studies program where she studied with Ellen Rowe, Geri Allen, and Benny Green.
Hannah prefers to blur the lines between genres, marrying the sensibility of jazz with the soul of R&B and the acoustic depth of film music. She welcomes collaboration with artists who are passionate, soulful, and who create music beyond any one genre. Since graduating, Hannah has made it her mission to break barriers between genres and debunk musical stereotypes. She believes, now more than ever, artists should honor their authentic sound regardless of genre. Strongly influenced by Sade, Michael Franks, George Winston, Seal, Babyface, Teena Marie, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Michel Legrand, Jose James, and Kandace Springs, Hannah positions herself firmly in the Contemporary jazz space with her soulful and evocative approach.
Hannah’s music evokes deep feelings and contemplation. Her lyrics radiate empowering messages of hope and her music is listenable and relatable. After the 2018 release of her first EP “The Quietest Place,” she released two subsequent singles, “Who Can Relate” and “Distant Land.” Her upcoming album, “Straight from the Soul” plans to be released in early 2021.
Ark Family Room shows are free and streamed to The Ark’s Facebook page. Donations to the “virtual tip jar” during shows support both The Ark and the participating artists.