Top 5: The Versatility of Cyrille Aimée
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Winner of Mountreux Jazz Festival's Vocal Competition. Winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition. JazzTimes dubbed her the "voice of a new generation". So of course, we were thrilled when French vocalist Cyrille Aimée agreed to perform at this weekend's live event, Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz.
As a young girl in the northern French town of Samois, vocalist Cyrille Aimée fell in love with the vibrant local music scene. You may be familiar with Samois as it is the home of another jazz great, guitarist Django Reinhardt, whose gypsy jazz virtuosity Aimée has carried into the modern era. Here is a bit of what you can expect to see.
1)Here's Cyrille's take on the Dizzy Gillespie tune, "A Night in Tunisia"
She sings. She scats. It's good.
2) Sometimes she sings and scats at Birdland, which is also good.
3)A fresh take on the classic song "Summertime"
4)Recorded at Smalls in NYC, Aimée with Grammy-award winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove and saxophonist Joel Frahm.
5) Last but certainly not least - Old Devil Moon, anyone?