March 30, 8:00 pmView All Events
Perhaps you’ve noted the white hot trajectory of Jazz star Cyrille Aimée. Well, did you know this French-born, Dominican-raised phenomenon began her musical life in America right here as a student at Purchase College?
As part of the celebration of the Jazz Studies program’s 25th anniversary, this performance will bring together Aimée and an all-Purchase line-up: her steady trumpet voice and Purchase alum Wayne Tucker, Professor Doug Weiss at the bass, Purchase alum Aaron Seeber at the drums, and pianist and Head of Jazz Studies, Pete Malinverni.
The program will consist of songs from the American Songbook, some of Cyrille Aimée’s original compositions, and selections from her new recording of the music of Stephen Sondheim… plus one or two surprise treats!
Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition, The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Aimée is – in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal – “One of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.” In the same feature (which included vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant), Friedwald declared both to be “astonishing creative singers, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.”