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New Meetup: Liz Wright Jazz Alley Su 9-27

From: Beverly
Sent on: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:32 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Jazz Meetup!

What: Liz Wright Jazz Alley Su 9-27

When: September 27,[masked]:30 PM

Dimitrious Jazz Alley
6th & Lenora between 5th & 6th downtown
Seattle, WA 98121

Lizz Wright

Pitch-Perfect Vocalist Who Stirs Jazz, Gospel and Rhythm and Blues

September 27th Sun $26.50 show time is 7:30
lets meet 6:30 ish so as to socialize over a pre drink and appitizer

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou?s Jazz Alley presents vocalist Lizz Wright touring in support of her latest release The Orchard. Band members are Lizz Wright (vocals), Brandon Ross (guitar), Kenny Banks (keyboard/piano), Nick D Amato (bass) and Chris Eddleton (drums). Set time Thursday at 7:30pm Doors open at 6pm .
Lizz Wright?s first two Verve releases, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake, established her as one of the jazz world?s most celebrated rising stars, both an accomplished songwriter and a versatile, deeply expressive singer. On her third album The Orchard, the Georgia-bred, New York-based artist takes substantial leap forward, transcending genre distinctions, to deliver a vibrant and intensely creative milestone.
The Orchard reflects Wright?s lifelong musical journey. The artist was born in the small rural town of Hahira, Georgia, one of three children of a minister father and a mother who sang gospel at church services. In her childhood, she began playing piano and singing in church with her two siblings. In high school, she broadened her musical horizons by studying choral singing, performing with groups of various sizes and winning several regional and national awards.
Wright subsequently studied voice at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and continued her musical education at New York?s New School and in Vancouver. Returning to Atlanta, she won considerable regional acclaim after joining the jazz group In the Spirit. In 2002, Wright gained high-profile acclaim for her performances as part of a touring Billie Holiday tribute, for which she was singled out as a future star by several prominent critics.
Her 2003 debut Salt introduced Wright as both an accomplished songwriter and an effortlessly magnetic performer, delivering subtly persuasive vocal performances in understated jazz/R&B settings. Salt won international acclaim, earning Wright comparisons with such formidable figures as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln. It also struck a chord with the public, reaching the Number Two slot on Billboard?s Contemporary Jazz chart.
The New York Times? Stephen Holden praised Wright?s "astonishing maturity and poise" and wrote that she "stirs jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues into a reflective, flowing style that elongates songs into prayerful meditations that never wander into vagueness," and described her singing as "pitch-perfect, with a smoky, full-bodied texture... impressive in its steadiness, control and rhythmic subtlety." check out Amazon music also to listen to her music.

Lizz Wright on radio
listen to a live in studio interview with Lizz Wright.
KBCS 91.3 FM Fri Sept. 25th 11 am
KWJZ 98.9 FM Fri Sept 25th 3 pm for a live in studio interview

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on corner of 6th Ave & Lenora St downtown Seattle.
1 block N of the Westin Hotel. Entrance is in the alley between 6th & 5th Ave
Free parking in the garage in alley. I usually tip attendant $2.00.

If heading South on I-5 (coming from the North), take Stewart St exit. head W to 6th Av turn right onto 6th Av. Drive 3 blocks along 6th to Lenora St. Turn left from 6th Avenue onto Lenora and go ? block to the alley. turn left again into the alley, entrance door on left, garage on right. .

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