Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz
Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz will feature the top three finalists of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. This year's competition featured vocal talent and one of the three finalists will be featured at each of the events scheduled throughout the series.
Sat., Dec. 4 @ 7PM
Cécile McLorin Salvant is a young French-American jazz singer. She graduated from Coral Reef International Baccalaureate Academy in 2007 where she received the highly prestigious National Achievement Scholarship. She is currently studying vocal and piano jazz [as well as lyrical voice] at the Music Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence, France, under the mentorship of Jean-François Bonnel. In 2009, the magazine Paris Hot Club called her a "true and remarkable jazz singer...a young jazz prodigy" and Yves Sportis wrote about her "innate perfection" in Jazz Hot magazine. Cécile has performed as a guest in the prestigious Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, at the legendary Parisian jazz club Le Petit Journal Saint Michel, and opened for Melody Gardot in Montauban Jazz Festival. She is currently in the process of releasing a CD with the Parisian quintet lead by Jean-Francois Bonnel, with Jean-Francois Bonnel (s,t,cl), Pierre Maingourd (b), Jacques Schneck (p), Sylvain Glévarec (dr) and Enzo Mucchi (g).
Charenee Wade - Runner-Up
Sat., Dec. 11 @ 7PM
"Beautifully poised," says the Jazz Times about Charenee Wade who is leaving her mark on the Jazz scene. Her accolades include Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She was also one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall and1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. Charenee is currently a professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program and will once again be an esteemed judge for the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. Charenee performs internationally and her debut CD, Love Walked In, was released in the summer 2010.
Cyrille Aimée - Second Runner-Up
Sat., Dec. 18 @ 7PM
In 2005, Cyrille Aimée moved to the United States to study jazz in the conservatory at Purchase College under the instruction of teachers such as Javon Jackson, Jimmy Greene, John Faddis, Ray Vega and many others. In 2007, Cyrille won first prize in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. At 25 years old, Cyrille-Aimée has amassed an impressive list of performances, including, but not limited to, an appearance at the Django Reinhardt Festival with guitarists Romane and David Reinhardt, performances with Latin musicians such as pianist Jorge Tavera, Tania Maria's percussionist Guarionex Aquino, and singers Maridalia Hernandez, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Danny Rivera.
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