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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 ...


Radio & Podcasts

Dead Center of the Mainstream

Read "Dead Center of the Mainstream" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

For all their excursions into the avant-garde, fusion, post-bop, and other “edgy" forms of jazz, sometimes the boys just want to wallow right in the middle of the stream—the main part of it, you might say. This fortnight's feast includes two instrumental and two vocal albums all centered in the tradition and happy to be there. Mike is unmoved by the rising star this time, but who knows—her next outing may change his mind.Playlist Discussion of Elvin Jones ...



Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style has a certain clarity and directness of emotion. She's only 21 and graduated just this May from SUNY Purchase, a state college north of ...


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