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New Meetup: Sophie Milman

From: Beverly
Sent on: Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:17 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Jazz Meetup!

What: Sophie Milman

When: January 13,[masked]:30 PM

Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Jazz vocalist Sophie Milman is a sophisticated and torchy singer with a bent toward American popular songbook standards. Born in Russia of Jewish heritage,


KWJZ 98.9 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou?s Jazz Alley presents vocalist Sophie Milman, touring in support of her new release Take Love Easy (June 2009), for two nights. Band members are Cameron Wallis (band leader/saxophone), Paul Shrofel (piano), Kieran Overs (bass) and John Fraboni (drums).

Sophie Milman, the Toronto-based jazz singer whose unique style has captivated audiences worldwide, makes a significant leap on her third album, Take Love Easy, taking familiar songs into new territories and branching out by bringing pop songs into the jazz repertoire.

Sophie took some monumental steps in 2008 as a breaking artist. The Canadian singer performed around the globe, hitting landmark venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and New York?s Blue Note club, sharing stages with the likes of Chick Corea, Chris Botti and the Manhattan Transfer. Her second album, Make Someone Happy, won the Juno Award for Jazz Vocal Album of the Year after it topped the iTunes jazz chart in the U.S. and Canada for months and cracked the top 5 on Billboard?s jazz chart. Better yet, the accolades have followed. JazzTimes referred to her as Canada?s hottest young jazz singer. NPR?s Weekend Edition praised her "classic jazz voice that evokes smoky lounges, softly clinking glasses and the cool of the night." DownBeat simply said "she captivates."

Take Love Easy finds songs by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell on a program with tunes penned by Cole Porter, Johnny Mandel, Duke Ellington and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her goal was to remain song driven while taking listeners on an emotional ride with varying styles and tempos. The album was Produced by Juno Award-winning producer Steve MacKinnon, (Marc Jordan, Natalie Cole).

Milman, a native of Russia who is fluent in Russian, Hebrew, French and English, was born in the Siberian town of Ufa and moved to the Israeli port city of Haifa when she was seven. At 16, her family moved to Canada and as a teenager she absorbed pop, jazz and gospel, her favorites being Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Nat "King" Cole and, at the top of the list, Stevie Wonder.

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