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Samara Joy at the Newport Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Samara Joy at the Newport Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Stephanie Bernaba

Few musical artists possess the soul required to illuminate the entire history of a genre with their harmonies. Samara Joy, the 23-year-old jazz vocalist carrying nearly a century's worth of history in her voice, may be the exception. Joy exudes the presence of an old soul, coupled with a voice that draws in jazz newcomers while simultaneously stirring the souls of those who grew up on standards. Wearing a white dress and a bright smile, she appeared genuinely ...

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Samara Joy At Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Samara Joy At Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The 25th Anniversary Healdsburg Jazz Festival covered nine days (June 17-25, 2023) of exceptional music presented with great cuisine and wines. Some of the featured artists included: Dianne Reeves, The Bill Frisell Trio, John Santos, Sheila Heath's Billie Holiday Project, The Festival also held a Pharoah Sanders & Joey DeFrancesco Tribute Concert with Gary Bartz, Brian Ho, Nicolas Bearde, Marcus Shelby, Tomoki Sanders and many others. Samara Joy, the 2023 Grammy Award Winner for Best New Artist & ...

Live Review

44th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

Read "44th Annual Tri-C JazzFest" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

44th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio June 22-24, 2023 Flanked by a spectacular outdoor chandelier, Cleveland's Playhouse Square has become the largest performing arts mecca outside of New York City. It has also been home to Tri-C JazzFest ever since the event decided to make the calendar move from April to June. In many ways it continues to be a tale of two events. The outdoor stages boast local talent and student performances ...

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Samara Joy at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Read "Samara Joy at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center" reviewed by Mark Robbins

When Samara Joy performed last June at the Vocal Jazz Summit in Virginia Beach she was fairly new on the scene and even though she could deliver a song like a seasoned pro she was a little shy interacting with the audience. What a difference one year and two Grammys make. The singer, who appeared at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, VA to headline the Ella Fitzgerald Festival, was an instant hit with an audience (276 sold ...

Live Review

Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook

Read "Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Samara Joy Christ Church Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, Michigan March 24, 2023 Jazz fans in the Detroit metro area have become well-acquainted with the stately confines of Christ Church Cranbrook, as the church has hosted a series of sacred concerts and jazz masses going back to 2015. These include regular appearances by Rodney Whitaker, the church's Artist in Residence, and a bevy of other musicians including Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut and Vanessa Rubin. The launching of ...

Radio & Podcasts

Samara Joy On Her 'Fast Authentic' Success

Read "Samara Joy On Her 'Fast Authentic' Success" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Accepting her Grammy award for Best New Artist last month, Samara Joy looked out at a sea of faces that she had grown up admiring and said, “I've been watching y'all on TV for so long... I'm born and raised in the Bronx." It was almost as though she was reminding herself of just how far she had come, and just how quickly. That was a big moment for the 23-year-old singer who was just a year and ...

Album Review

Samara Joy: Linger Awhile

Read "Linger Awhile" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Recensendo pochi mesi fa il disco d'esordio di Samara Joy le avevamo previsto un brillante futuro ma non pensavamo accadesse in tempi così rapidi. Reduce del successo ottenuto all'ultimo Umbria Jazz, la 22enne la vocalist afro-americana debutta ora con l'etichetta Verve e sarà impegnata in un tour fitto di date fino a dicembre (in ottobre toccherà anche Portogallo, Spagna, Francia e Germania ma non l'Italia). In Linger Awhile continua il sodalizio col notevole chitarrista ...


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