SAMARA JOY - Portland Debut


Sun Jun 26 2022 at 08:00 pm


The Old Church Concert Hall | Portland, OR

Soul'd Out & TOC Present
SAMARA JOY in her Portland Debut
On Sale 4.27 at Noon!
"Every once in a while, you encounter a voice that just hypnotizes you and stops you in your tracks... It’s just astounding."
Jazziz Magazine
With a voice as smooth as velvet, SAMARA JOY’s star seems to rise with each performance. The young vocalist attracted attention in 2019 after winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition which she followed by releasing her self-titled debut album, which puts her spin on jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
Produced by Grammy-nominated veteran Matt Pierson, she’s joined by jazz guitar virtuoso Pasquale Grasso and his trio (Ari Roland and Kenny Washington) for a release that furthers Joy’s reputation as one of America’s most promising young jazz vocalists.
Joy grew up in the Bronx around a supportive musical family. Music was a pervasive presence, due to the inspiration of her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, who led the Philadelphia-based gospel group, The Savettes.
“My mother and father gave me the opportunity to hear music on an interesting spectrum, from Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan through to George Duke and Stevie Wonder. Actually, I hadn't heard of Sarah Vaughan until college. My friends were all into jazz and started sharing their favourite recordings with me. The turning point was when I heard Sarah's version of “Lover Man” – I was hooked.”
It’s with singers like Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald that early comparisons have been made, and close study of such vocalists formed the basis of the album. “The inspiration comes from absorbing as much of their style as possible. It's a glimpse of what I've learned so far, and a way for me to pay homage to those who have come before, while lending my own perspective to these songs.”
“My friends were all into jazz and started sharing their favorite recordings with me to check out. The turning point was when I heard both Sarah Vaughan’s version of ‘Lover Man’ and Tadd Dameron’s recordings featuring trumpeter Fats Navarro. I was hooked.”
“A reincarnation of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald in the same body.” London Jazz News
Now just gone 21 years old, Samara has already performed in many of the great jazz venues in NYC, in addition to working with jazz greats such as Christian McBride, Pasquale Grasso, Jon Faddis, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut, and NEA Jazz Master Dr. Barry Harris.
Winning the Vaughan award was transformational for Joy. “I was suddenly on the jazz radar. It’s still bizarre to think of how fast things have progressed.” Since then, Joy has dug deep to discover her jazz roots, without losing sight of the innate simplicity that makes her sound shine. Her first album announces the arrival of a young artist destined for greatness.

Where is it happening?

The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, United States

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