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Gretchen Parlato

Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th

Gretchen Parlato

GretchenParlato3In the ten years since her arrival in New York City, Gretchen Parlato has emerged as one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. In an artful communion of space, texture and a genre-bending repertoire, she has introduced a musical sea-change, making the power of subtlety front and center in jazz.

Parlato’s 2014 cd/dvd release, “Live in NYC”, received a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, also receiving 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine, the dvd hitting #1 iTunes best music video upon release.

Parlato was born in 1976 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Dave Parlato,[1] bass player for Frank Zappa.  In 2001 she was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance by a panel of judges including Herbie Hancock,Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter. Parlato was the first vocalist ever admitted into the program.  Currently, Parlato is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.

In Spring 2010 she was nominated for Female Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. In June/July, Parlato performed at Stockholm and Healdsburg Jazz Festivals, and sold out jazz festival performances in NYC, Montreal, Paris, The Hague, Copenhagen, Stuttgart and Molde, Norway, with Taylor Eigsti, Alan Hampton and Mark Guiliana. In August, she was voted No. 2 Rising Star Vocalist in Down Beat‘s Annual Critics Poll.

For these performances, Gretchen’s ensemble will feature:

Taylor Eigsti, piano

Alan Hampton,bass and vocals

Mark Guiliana, drums

Friday and Saturday Showtimes:  7:30pm and 10:00pm.     Admission:  $99.  

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