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Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago and More

Read "Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 593rd Episode of Neon Jazz with singer Stacey Kent. From there, we take a listen to the cool of Art Blakey, Billy Taylor and Mark E. Walker. Over the course of the show we profile the mighty Dayramir Gonzalez, Chris Jentsch and listen to a new cat on the NYC scene known as Fumi Tomita. We finish things off with style with Frank Kimbrough doing his take on Mr. Thelonius Sphere Monk. Playlist Stacey Kent ...

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Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream

Read "I Know I Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent has practically done it all over the past twenty years, selling north of two million albums, putting her gorgeously delicate stamp on standards, introducing fresh tunes into the canon, racking up awards, and bringing her flawless voice to fans in more than fifty countries. But one thing she hadn't done prior to this point is record an album with an orchestra. Cross that one off the list now and bathe your ears in this spellbinding music.

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Marcos Valle and Stacey Kent at Birdland

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Another of Brazil's music luminaries from the sixties, Marcos Valle, came to Gotham on December 9, 2014 to team up with Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson and advance the Brazilian omnipresence here of late. Last month I wrote of the dramatic emergence of the Spokfrevo Orquestra at Lincoln Center and everywhere this month there are appearances by Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Hendrik Meurkens and many other Brasilieros. And the jazz audiences I joined both at Lincoln Center ...

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Jazz Vocals July - Stacy Kent, Patrice Jegou, and Vanessa Perea

Read "Jazz Vocals July - Stacy Kent, Patrice Jegou, and Vanessa Perea" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Stacy Kent The Changing Lights Warner Bros. Records 2013 Stacey Kent has had an impressive musical run: Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, 2007, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award), Raconte- moi... (Blue Note, 2010), Dreamer In Concert (Blue Note, 2011) just being her previous three recordings of her ten releases as a leader. She is intelligent, polyglot and capable of performing in any genre ...

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Stacey Kent: Songs in the Key of Love and Life

Read "Stacey Kent: Songs in the Key of Love and Life" reviewed by Belinda Ware

Stacey Kent is a unique talent in the world of jazz with the ability to illuminate a stage through her enthusiasm and artistic zest for performance. As an international jazz singer, she can be described as an insightful storyteller with the inner gift to bring to life the human experience through her music with an honest candor that is respectable in many ways. As seen in the collection of her Blue Note recordings, Kent's musical gifts are truly ...

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Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

Read "The Changing Lights" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent's voice operates at the intersection of knowingness and innocence. She delivers every song with finesse, balancing a sense of wide-eyed wonderment with soft-handed confidence. Perhaps that's why she's been able to build such an enormous fan base since starting her singing career and showing up on listener's radars near the turn of the century. Kent came from New York and used England as a launching pad for her talent(s), but her art carries several passports. ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Stacey Kent at Birdland

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After appearing in 18 countries on a world tour in support of their Warner Brothers CD The Changing Lights, Stacey Kent and her conductor/arranger/ saxophonist (and husband of 22 years) Jim Tomlinson wound up their travels at Birdland during the week of December 3rd. Transcending genres and national boundaries, the elfin-voiced multi-lingual Kent who has sung in French, Italian, German and Portuguese has won over fans worldwide and attained new dimensions of jazz internationalism. Her album sales exceed 1.3 million ...

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Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

Read "The Changing Lights" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Stacey Kent is a jazz success story--not just in terms of her talent, but also in terms of her international popularity, with her previous three albums clocking up a total of over 500,000 sales. What makes her so successful? The Changing Lights, her tenth album, demonstrates all of the qualities.There's the material, a mix of originals and standards: the arrangements, all but one by Jim Tomlinson, which act to highlight Kent's vocal qualities: the musicians, a veritable who's ...

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Stacey Kent: Trans-atlantically Yours

Read "Stacey Kent: Trans-atlantically Yours" reviewed by David Adler

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in June 2001. Stacey Kent left the States in 1991 and unwittingly became a British-based international singing sensation. She met her present husband, tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, while visiting friends in London, and one thing led to another. Her first demo received airplay from an excited Humphrey Lyttelton on his well-loved show on BBC Radio 2. She landed a singing part in Ian McKellen's film ...

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Stacey Kent: Raconte-Moi

Read "Raconte-Moi" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

While vocalist Stacey Kent has a keen ear for songs, a distinctive and engaging voice and a talent for interpretation, she is also critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Strikingly, like many American jazz musicians from Sidney Bechet onwards, she has gained particular fame and acceptance in France, her albums entering the pop charts and where, in 2009, she was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Kent is clearly a Francophile in return, and Raconte-moi finds her singing ...

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Stacey Kent: Raconte-Moi

Read "Raconte-Moi" reviewed by Andrew Velez

The opening tune of this set, from the winning vocalist Stacey Kent, is Jobim-Moustaki's “Les Eaux de Mars." In its English-language version, “The Waters of March," this bossa gem was well-known as the exclusive property of the late and wonderful Susannah McCorkle. Kent proves to be a worthy inheritor of it and other tunes in this all-French language album. Several tracks from the French repertory were featured on her previous recording, the fine Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, ...

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Stacey Kent: The Boy Next Door

Read "The Boy Next Door" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Stacey Kent is in love with words. She's pretty fond of melody, too. But her heart belongs to a good lyric, and when the words are right, her swinging jazz quartet is there to reimagine the tune, if necessary. On The Boy Next Door, Kent pays tribute to her heroes, most of whom made their mark singing the Great American Songbook, popular standards written by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins, along with ...


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