Amy Cervini Quartet At Firehouse 12 Tonight

December 11, 2009

Photo by Melanie Einzig

Tonight, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series, a two-set celebration of New York-based vocalist Amy Cervini‘s latest release, Lovefool (Orange Grove Jazz/ANZIC Records).

The record, her second with the Amy Cervini Quartet (ACQ), features distinctive arrangements of an eclectic mix of love-themed songs from The Cardigans, Blossom Dearie, Depeche Mode, Green Day, Fred Hersch, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson among others.

This performance, featuring pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Mark Lau and drummer Ernest Cervini, is the third and final stop on the group’s East Coast tour.

Critics have credited Ms. Cervini with a “freshly appealing voice” (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star) and “enough heart to convince a listener of her sincerity and enough musical talent to make it worth listening” (Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Doug Fischer adds, “what she does is sing terrific, gimmick-free jazz…with poise, intelligence and an unforced honesty that made every song ring like it was her own. Despite the sweeping changes—perhaps because of them—Cervini approaches the songs in a precisely crafted way that leaves little to chance. But that doesn’t mean her music doesn’t contain surprises, like an unforeseen upturn in a phrase, a deliciously drawn out ending or a humorous vamp.”


AAJ: Fay Victor Ensemble’s The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music)

November 23, 2009

AllAboutJazz.com’s Managing Editor John Kelman posted his review of vocalist/composer Fay Victor‘s latest release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music), over the weekend.

“Once again,” he writes, “Victor’s soulful, emotive delivery combines with avant-tinged invention, placing her alongside great vocal innovators like Betty Carter, Jeanne Lee, Sheila Jordan…a truly creative singer with the chops to accomplish whatever she wants, but the good taste to ensure that substance always trumps style.”

He adds, “With an ensemble that twists and turns the music in response to, and as a catalyst for, Victor’s own unbound improvisational acumen, The Freesong Suite is a vocal album that stands well above the pack; a welcome respite from the unwieldy preponderance of unimaginative vocal jazz albums hitting the market.”


Firehouse 12 To Present The Amy Cervini Quartet December 11th

November 11, 2009
Amy Cervini

Photo by Melanie Einzig

On Friday, December 11th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series, a two-set celebration of New York-based vocalist/composer Amy Cervini‘s latest release, Lovefool (Orange Grove Jazz/ANZIC Records). The record, her second with the Amy Cervini Quartet (ACQ), features distinctive arrangements of an eclectic mix of love-themed songs from The Cardigans, Blossom Dearie, Depeche Mode, Green Day, Fred Hersch, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson among others. This performance, featuring pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Mark Lau and drummer Ernest Cervini, will be the third and final stop on the group’s East Coast tour.

Critics have credited Ms. Cervini with a “freshly appealing voice” (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star) and “enough heart to convince a listener of her sincerity and enough musical talent to make it worth listening” (Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). The Ottawa Citizen‘s Doug Fischer adds, “what she does is sing terrific, gimmick-free jazz…with poise, intelligence and an unforced honesty that made every song ring like it was her own. Despite the sweeping changes—perhaps because of them—Cervini approaches the songs in a precisely crafted way that leaves little to chance. But that doesn’t mean her music doesn’t contain surprises, like an unforeseen upturn in a phrase, a deliciously drawn out ending or a humorous vamp.”

A native of Canada, and graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory, Ms. Cervini has lived and worked in New York for most of the past decade, regularly performing at such venues as 55 Bar, Birdland, Cornelia Street Café, The Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub. In addition to her quartet, she is a member of ensembles including Couples Therapy, Jazz Country, Monday Off and Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.’s Numinous. She has also worked as a back-up singer with the group Pharaoh’s Daughter and recently paid tribute to Blossom Dearie with an all-star band at The Blue Note. By day, Ms. Cervini is the proprietor of Orange Grove Artists, which represents Marty Ehrlich, Frank Kimbrough, Myra Melford and Matt Wilson among others. Learn more at http://www.amycervini.com

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Gretchen Parlato At Firehouse 12 Tonight

October 16, 2009
Photo by Jeaneen Lund

Photo by Jeaneen Lund

The Gretchen Parlato train rolls into New Haven tonight for two sets at Firehouse 12. The much-talked-about vocalist and her band, featuring pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Michael Olatudje and drummer Kendrick Scott, are on tour celebrating her acclaimed new release, In A Dream (ObliqSound).

Critics have called the record “simply stunning” (Ted Gioia, Jazz.com), “gently thrilling” (John Byngey, The Times, London), “leagues ahead of the year’s other vocal jazz recordings” (Michael J. West, Washington City Paper) and “the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009″ (Billboard).

“Parlato has been blessed with extraordinary talents,” adds The International Review of Music‘s Don Heckman, “an unerring sense of pitch, utterly relaxed rhythmic clarity, an open ear for harmony…what makes her so unique is the imaginative way in which she uses those skills to rove deeply within the instrumental sounds, while still retaining her presence as the vocal center of the music.”


Fay Victor Ensemble Tonight At Roulette (NYC) + Sunday At The Rotunda (Philly)

October 1, 2009

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor and her longstanding quartet, The Fay Victor Ensemble, will celebrate their new release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music), tonight at Roulette in New York.

A second CD release show will follow at The Rotunda in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Critical praise for the disc, and Ms. Victor’s innovative approach to creative improvised music, continues to roll in.

“Fay Victor’s second recording of original material, The FreeSong Suite, peers into the NYC-based vocalist’s challenging and rewarding world of captivating vocal work and stirring spontaneity,” explains PopMatters.com’s Andrew Zender, “further augmenting [her] status as a musician and composer who is rewriting the rules of vocal jazz.”

“Each piece on The FreeSong Suite gradually unfolds, emerging from a tapestry of improvisation to reveal precisely executed transitions, grooves and ensemble passages,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Wilbur MacKenzie. “Victor scats, vocalizes, chips, mumbles and sings bluesy chromatics or angular displays of dexterity, delivering the unexpected with beauty, depth and innovation.”

The Jazz Session‘s Jason Crane adds, “Vocalist Fay Victor will amaze you. Her voice is strong and expressive, and her musical conception is unlike anything I’ve heard recently. Or maybe ever. From free improv to the blues to alt-rock and back again, The FreeSong Suite is easily one of my top 10 records of 2009.”

Learn more at http://fayvictor.wordpress.com


Fay Victor’s The FreeSong Suite Released Today

September 22, 2009

Today is the official street date for The Fay Victor Ensemble‘s latest release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music).

This is New York-based vocalist/composer Fay Victor‘s sixth recording as a leader and her second with this longstanding group, which features guitarist Anders Nilsson, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael “TA” Thompson.

The FreeSong Suite documents Ms. Victor’s new stream of consciousness approach to creative vocal music, which accentuates spontaneity and improvisation by removing traditional boundaries between individual songs and genres.

It features three long-form pieces made up of smaller compositions that flow in and out of each other as a running dialog.

CD release performances are set for October 1st in New York at Roulette and October 4th at The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

Ms. Victor, who co-curates the weekly Evolving Voice Vocal Series at New York’s The Local 269 in conjunction with Rise Up Creative Music & Arts (RUCMA), will also be performing throughout the fall with projects such as Fay Victor’s Jazz Vault, The Exposed Blues Duo and Twisted Standards and Free Explorations with Hilliard Greene, Dom Minasi and special guest Oleg Kireyev.

Learn more at http://fayvictor.wordpress.com


Fay Victor + RUCMA Create New Weekly Vocal Series

August 4, 2009

 

Photo by Jochem van Dijk

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor has joined forces with Patricia Nicholson Parker and Rise Up Creative Music & Arts (RUCMA) to co-curate a new weekly concert series at The Local 269 in New York.

 

The Evolving Voice Vocal Series, which will feature two vocalists every Tuesday night, launches tonight with Paul Harding & Juju Seahorse playing the 6:30 set and The KJ Denhert Group in the 8:00 slot.

Additional schedule information is available on the RUCMA Web site.

And, although she’s not performing at the series herself this month, you’ll still have two chances to hear Ms. Victor perform in New York thanks to Tyshawn Sorey, who is curating the August schedule at The Stone.

The ExPosed Blues Duo, her group with Fay Victor Ensemble guitarist Anders Nilsson, will perform with special guest cellist Tomas Ulrich on Wednesday, August 12th.

She’ll return to The Stone on Tuesday, August 25th with a trio called Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaah featuring Sorey and eminent trombonist Roswell Rudd.


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