Jon Cleary / Allan Harris "Kate's Soulfood" feat. Grégoire Maret | Umbria Jazz

Jon Cleary

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

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

Sun. 01 January - hours 17:00
Teatro Mancinelli
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Jon Cleary

It may happen to be born in the wrong place, but what matters is finding the place of the heart to live. Jon Cleary, a British-born musician raised in the countryside of Kent, is now one of the most acclaimed interpreters of New Orleans, the city where he has been living for decades. The first piercing approach to the varied music scene of the Crescent City happened with records he had at home. He was impressed by the overflowing personality of singer-pianist-producer-songwriter Allen Toussaint. He was such an inspiration for Jon, who made his first trip (or, more accurately, pilgrimage) to New Orleans. He took a cab straight from the airport to the Maple Leaf Bar, one of the iconic venues of the music history of New Orleans. Once settled in the city, Jon became a professional musician and nowadays is one of the best representatives (he also won a Grammy Award) of the genres defining New Orleans’ music identity, from the traditional to the most modern ones: jazz, blues, rag, stride, gospel, funk, soul. He has also collaborated with important artists such as Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, John Scofield, Taj Mahal. With his voice-piano formula, Cleary comes to Orvieto as an elegant, cultured and entertaining performer.
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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.