Firehouse 12 To Present The Amy Cervini Quartet December 11th

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

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

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