Mediterranean by heart. Parisian by birth. New Yorker by choice. Latin by soul.
So goes the multicultural definition of the Manhattan-based French vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and poet Pascalito who has been praised by Time Out New York for his ''handsome voice" and "smooth-rolling band'' and by Jazz Times for being ''at once a fine pop-jazz stylist and a superb storyteller".
Born Pascal Sabattier, in Paris, to a musical family of Mediterranean Jewish ancestry, Pascalito grew up listening to a stylistically eclectic mix of singers from Charles Aznavour, Claude Nougaro, Henri Salvador to Chet Baker, Abbey Lincoln, Dalida and Caetano Veloso. His grandfather was a ladino cantor in North Africa, his mother Liane Sab is a sultry jazz chanteuse and his late uncle Paul Meyer Ohayon was a well-respected singer, songwriter and dancer of the Paris tango musette scene.
Inspired both by his roots and his global influences, Pascalito's music is a sensuous fusion of bossa nova, tango, jazz, flamenco, middle eastern flavors and pop, billed by the artist and the press as ‘’world chanson’’, ‘’nouvelle bossa’’, ‘’melting pop” or like his punnily titled new album "Neostalgia".
''Le Blues d'Orphée'' (Orpheus Blues), Pascalito's debut album, produced between Paris and New York, was released in 2007. In a recent column published about the artist Jazz Times magazine referred to the album as ''an ideal showcase for his light, right voice". Less than two years after its release, selections from "Le Blues d'Orphée" were licensed to and featured in two major cable TV shows ‘’Burn Notice” (USA) and “Damages” (FX).
For his new album "Neostalgia" co-produced with Swiss arranger Thomas Foyer and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Alan Silverman, Pascalito gathered a versatile cast of international musicians whose roots extend from Rio to Tokyo. "Neostalgia" already received in Jazz Times magazine as critic Christopher Loudon praised the inventive album for its ''musical melting pot'' and ''luxuriant tapestry".
Pascalito and his international band have become a colorful new addition to the New York jazz and world music scene, performing at such renowned venues as Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), the Metropolitan Room and the Kitano where they had a promising debut with two sold out shows in November.
Pascalito recently started a new collaboration with Brazilian pianist and arranger Luiz Simas and is currently studying with vocal jazz legend Jay Clayton.