Sat, December 9, 2017
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2017-12-09 6:00 pm
Stacey Kent at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mold of the greats with honors including a GRAMMY® nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.
Raised and schooled on the East Coast, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent, travelled to Europe to further her studies. In 1990, through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Jim Tomlinson.
With a catalogue of 10 studio albums including the Platinum-selling, GRAMMY® Award-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram and an impressive list of collaborations, Stacey has graced the stages of more than 50 countries over the course of her career. Kent paid her dues in the jazz clubs of London, including the famed Ronnie Scott's Cub, where she still performs every year. The Boy Next Door was Stacey’s first album to achieve Gold status.
Stacey has cemented her reputation as a singer capable of putting a distinctive stamp on an impressive repertoire of standards. With each successive album, Stacey's style has become more honed as her artistic outlook has broadened. Stacey's search for songs had led her to look beyond the Great American Songbook, with French chanson and Brazilian music forming an ever-larger part of her repertoire.
During a lunch with her husband and friend, and author, Kazuo Ishiguro, the conversation turned to repertoire and the idea was hatched to write a series of songs for Stacey that distilled themes of memory, travel and love. From this conversation, the songs for Breakfast On The Morning Tram were conceived and Stacey transformed from being a singer of the Great American Songbook to a singer with a highly distinctive and personal repertoire.
The album, The Changing Lights, revealed an ever-present influence of Brazil in Stacey’s music. Stacey first visited Brazil in 2008 when she was invited to perform at the TIM Festival. On subsequent visits to Brazil, she met many of her musical heroes, including Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal. She has recorded with both Valle and Menescal having been invited to record with Valle to celebrate his 50 years in music on the album, Ao Vivo.
With Roberto Menescal, Stacey recorded the release, Tenderly, an intimate collection of standards that showcases her crystalline voice and Menescal's warm guitar. Jazzwise Magazine referred to the album as “an extremely beautiful meeting of minds.” It is Menescal’s only recording as a jazz guitarist and demonstrates the debt he owes to the great Barney Kessel. As Kent’s first standards album in a decade, it shows her increasingly impressive and maturing interpretative gifts.
Following a successful concert series with the Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, Stacey is planning an album for release this year on SONY.
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, 1815 Metropolitan Street