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Beautiful Voice of Jazz
May 7, 2008 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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American jazz singer Stacey Kent will perform in Warsaw May 16. In her compositions, romantic standards mingle with American folk and country music arrangements.

Kent's voice is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful voices of contemporary jazz-unusually delicate, harmonious and feminine. Her debut album Close Your Eyes, released in 1997, took audiences by storm.

Such talent could not go unnoticed by the managers of the famous Blue Note record company. With her band, featuring her husband Jim Tomlinson on saxophone, Kent improvises in a style of jazz that is simple and pleasing to the ear. It is a mixture of swing, jazz ballads and gentle French songs. It is also different from the standards audiences are used to from the likes of Norah Jones or Cassandra Wilson.

Kent graduated in comparative literature studies from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and then moved to Britain, where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has released six albums so far as well as being a guest performer on Tomlinson's records.

She also appeared in Ian McKellen's 1995 movie Richard III, singing a jazz version of poet Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love."

The Warsaw concert promotes her latest album, Breakfast on the Morning Tram. The CD's first reviews suggest this might be one of the most original jazz concerts heard in Warsaw in recent years.

Since Kent's grandfather was raised in France, she grew up surrounded by French music and literature. She consequently found it easy to make friends with French audiences. Her 2003 album The Boy Next Door, which includes two songs in French, went gold in France. Breakfast on the Morning Tram features works by Serge Gainsbourg as well as "Samba Saravah" from Claude Lelouch's movie A Man and a Woman.

May 16, open-air theater in Sowińskiego Park, 17 Elekcyjna St., 9 p.m.

Tickets: zl.150 and zl.120, available from www.eventim.pl, www.ticketpro.pl
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