Tuesday October 7th
A NIGHT OF
JAZZ FOR OBAMA
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Originally from the Midwest, Maiysha, is a Brooklyn-based artist, whose unique collaborations with producer/co-writer/Eusonia founder, Scott Jacoby, have gained significant attention. Maiysha is a confident performer, who has done theater and vocal performance since childhood and already established a successful career in modeling. Her style of progressive soul was heavily influenced by late 70's and early 80's pop and R&B. Maiysha uses her background in creative writing to make meaningful, thought-provoking lyrics for her music. She skillfully examines the dualities of striving and setbacks, strength and vulnerability, & sensuality and spirituality. Maiysha's seductive voice, technical skill, and emotional authenticity have made for an exciting and welcome arrival on the contemporary soul music scene.
Native New Yorker, Alyson Williams, had early exposure to music through her bandleader/trumpeteer father, Bobby Booker. She sang with several groups before launching her solo career with the 1987 Def Jam single, 'Yes We Can Can.' As the first female R&B singer signed to Def Jam, she released her first album, "Raw," in 1989. The album produced several singles, including, "Just Call My Name," which hit #4 on the Billboard charts. The song is still played and is now considered a cult classic. "Raw" also included a duet with Blue Magic vocalist Ted Mills, titled "We're Gonna Make It." The single, "I Need Your Lovin," was a #8 success in the UK. In 1991, Alyson recorded "She's Not Your Fool" for the soundtrack to the movie Livin' Large, which appeared as the title track on her 1992 self-titled album. Alyson released a third album in 2004 with the U.K. with Expansion Records. Altogeth er, her career boasts nine R&B top 100 hits, as well as tours in both the U.S. and abroad.
Pianist, composer, educator, and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and raised in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O'Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz. His debut album received GRAMMY award nomination in 2006.
A pure, compelling, and original voice hailed by the LA Times a an "instrument of wonder", Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña draws upon the culture of her homeland by fusing Latin rhythms with her instinctive jazz sensibilities. Singing mostly in her mother tongue, Acuña makes it clear that music crosses all barriers - particularly when sung with her distinctive brand of authentic emotion. Born in Santiago, but raised in Concepcion, Chile, she returned to her native city and immersed herself in the jazz scene. There she performed on live radio, alongside musicians Wynton Marsalis, Michel Petrucciani, Joe Lovano and Danilo Perez. Acuña continues to perform and tour with many of jazz's most respected talent, yet her greatest achievement came recently when she was appointed a spokesperson for the international Christian relief development organization, World Vision Chile.
A celebrated pianist/composer who performs for enthusiastic audiences worldwide. She has recorded with a host of artists in addition to releasing a number of her own major recordings, including "Miles: Cool and Collected" and tenure in the Ornette Coleman Quartet from 1991-1995. Ms. Allen has received numerous recent honors, including but not limited to the Keys to the City of Detroit and the City of Cleveland, The Benny Golson Award from Harvard University, and the African American Classical Music Award from Spelman College. She was both the first female and youngest recipient to win the Danish Jazzar Prize. Geri Allen's work as a composer has led to commissions from Lincoln Center, Music theater Group, American Music Theater Festival, Standford University, and the Walt Whitman Arts Center. Additionally, Ms. Allen presently serves as Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan.
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