Allan Harris "Kate's Soulfood" Band - Dianne Reeves sings Burt Bacharach | Umbria Jazz

Allan Harris “Kate’s Soulfood” feat. Grégoire Maret

w/ Irwing Hall, Francesco Fratini, Arcoiris Sandoval, Marty Kenney, Norman Edwards, Massimo Orselli

Dianne Reeves sings Burt Bacharach

arranged and conducted by Ethan Iverson

UMBRIA JAZZ ORCHESTRA
feat. Romero Lubambo, Peter Washington, Dan Weiss

Wed. 28 December - hours 21:00
Teatro Mancinelli
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Allan Harris “Kate’s Soulfood” feat. Grégoire Maret

Allan Harris “KATE'S SOULFOOD” feat. Grégoire Maret w/ Irwing Hall, Francesco Fratini, Arcoiris Sandoval, Marty Kenney, Norman Edwards, Massimo Orselli An audience favorite at Umbria Jazz with a new story to tell, Harris presents his new album, “Kate’s Soulfood,” a cross-section of America. Allan grew up in Brooklyn and would always go to visit his maternal aunt Kate Ingram on weekends. She owned a popular luncheonette in Harlem, on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 126th Street, just a stone’s throw from the Apollo Theater. It was more than just a place to eat, aunt Kate’s Home Cooking was a nexus for residents, ordinary people, and artists of all kinds, especially jazz musicians. The cover photo of a famous Blue Note record shows Jimmy Smith in front of the diner’s entrance. “Home Cooking” is the title. Harris reminds people of that place and that atmosphere of New York in great excitement with Harlem in the heart. Unrivaled harmonica player Grégoire Maret is the guest member of the band in Orvieto. Allan Harris gained recognition after winning the DownBeat Poll for “Rising star jazz vocalist”. This title is the official consecration of a star in America, but the audience of Umbria Jazz got there first. Harris is well known here for his multiple performances at both summer and winter editions of the Festival. A singer and guitarist, he is the quintessential jazz vocalist. His world is that of the crooners, a genre that today is not very prolific, at least at these levels. Harris' style is low-key, never over the top, always elegant. In a word, classic. Harris has a profound knowledge of jazz vocalism. Still, his tributes to Eddie Jefferson, Tony Bennett, or Nat “King” Cole, the patron saint of crooners, have never been a mere nostalgic operation but rather the release of new life in a vocalism that is part of jazz history.
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Dianne Reeves sings Burt Bacharach

Dianne Reeves sings Burt Bacharach arranged and conducted by Ethan Iverson UMBRIA JAZZ ORCHESTRA feat. Romero Lubambo, Peter Washington, Dan Weiss Burt Bacharach’s songs are the theme of the new original project for which Umbria Jazz has created a prestigious puzzle: the stunning voice of Dianne Reeves, one of the most famous vocalists of jazz and black music; the arrangements of music intellectual Ethan Iverson; the horns of the Umbria Jazz Orchestra, which has proved a continuous artistic growth, project by project; special guests such as great Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, who has toured many times with Reeves, double bass player Peter Washington, who has been a member of the all-stars performing for the 70th anniversary of Blue Note, and drummer Dan Weiss. This complex formula of significant organizational commitment focuses on the artistic personality of Dianne Reeves, a multiple Grammy winner, including one for the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film “Good Night, and Good Luck”. Reeves mixes her timeless grace, elegance and charisma in unique interpretations. Her stylistic versatility and expressive vocal skills let her range in an eclectic repertoire. This time, she does that with songs that have dominated the pop charts for half a century worldwide. Exceptional interpreters performed these songs, and Reeves is one of them.