HOTLINE LICK FOR TONIGHT IN NYC: GABRIELLE STRAVELLI AT BIRDLAND - "ON THE ROAD AGAIN"
CABARET EVENT IN A JAZZ CLUB!
CABARET EVENT IN A JAZZ CLUB!
Gabrielle Stravelli - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter - will make her "Broadway at Birdland" debut at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, April 11th at 7:00 pm. This brand new set will showcase Stravelli's signature mix of eclectic influences including international folk songs, jazz classics, fresh arrangements of pop and musical theater standards, original compositions from her forthcoming CD release and a preview of her new Willie Nelson tribute "City Girl, Country Boy." She will be joined by regular trio Art Hirahara on piano, Pat O'Leary on bass, and Eric Halvorson on drums. Two-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Scott Robinson (Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, John Pizzarelli) will be the show's special guest. Gabrielle recently returned from concerts in Azerbaijan, Moldova, Slovenia and Malta as part of the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad." In October, she co-starred in world premiere of Rooms of Light, the new song cycle with music by renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch and December marked her second annual performance at the Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show opposite John Pizzarelli, Karrin Allyson, Bill Charlap and more. She sang with the Santa Rosa Symphony opposite Billy Stritch in February, appeared at the 92nd Street Y "Lyrics and Lyricists" in March and will headline the Eleuthera Jazz Festival in the Bahamas in April. Her upcoming album will be produced by David Cook (Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Marianne Faithfull) and its debut single "Dream Dancing," a passionate reworking of the Cole Porter classic, is currently available on iTunes here. Her new podcast "Big Modern Music with Gabrielle Stravelli" features interviews with stars of jazz, pop and beyond. The latest edition features special guest Hilary Gardner, the jazz singer who discusses her latest album The Great City and her vocal trio Duchess. The first two shows features conversations with the singert and songwriter Sachal and two-time Grammy nominated vocalist Jane Monheit. All episodes are available on iTunes here. Waiting in Vain, Gabrielle's adventurous debut record, was named "Album of the Week" by The Jonathan Channel from WNYC/New York Public Radio and Jonathan Schwartz. It combines the smoky ambiance of an underground supper club with exciting vocal chops, rhythmic dexterity and emotional yet intelligent interpretations. Highlights include "So What Boy," which blends the Miles Davis jazz classic with the Buddy Holly pop hit; a haunting reinvention of the Peter, Bjorn and John 2006 global chart smash "Young Folks"; and a lilting version of the Bob Marley•song title song; in addition to the standards "Skylark," "In A Sentimental Mood" and "Love For Sale." The recording, captured live at Zeb's in New York, is available on iTunes, Amazon and other music retailers. At age 15, Gabrielle began singing as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing, Birdland Jazz Club, 92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, the Hammerstein Ballroom, Iridium Jazz Club, BB King Blues Club, Somethin' Jazz, The Garage, Fulton Theatre, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) where she opened for Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson. Stravelli toured the states with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Marsalis's Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. Gabrielle has appeared as a soloist with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, was a finalist for the international 2011 Shure-Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was the 1st runner-up at the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem. Earlier in 2015, she was given the Backstage Bistro Award for "Jazz Vocalist" and the MAC Award for "Best Female Vocalist." There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
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