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After last year’s successful show, Stacey Kent returns to this festival. Together with Madeleine Peyroux, this New Yorker is one of the vocalists who are working hardest to renew vocal jazz in our times. Audiences love her, they know her style has the richness of good taste, the rigour of knowledge. A cheerful and modest woman who explains a lot about herself in her live performances, in search of understanding, a sense of complicity. The best thing is the clean and heartfelt way in which she always sings.
In actual fact, Stacey was going to be a specialist in comparative literature. Luckily for her fans, thanks to her flirting with jazz during her time at Oxford, she began singing at the start of the millennium. With more than twenty albums behind her, the artist has said more than once that “The challenge of jazz is to transcend borders, to outpace other styles and to seek a greater amount of freedom in its arrangements”.
Those of her 2017 album, “I know a Dream”, have an orchestral garb and feature songs that still abound in the repertoire of Antonio Carlos Jobim. And also in the repertoires of such French authors as Leo Ferre, Barbara or Serge Gainsbourg. All this awaits on the stage.
Stacey Kent: voice Jim Tomlinson: saxophones and flute Graham Harvey: piano and Fender Rhodes Jeremy Brown: double bass Josh Morrison: drums