Sophie Milman at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Nov 29 - Nov 30, 2011
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents vocalist Sophie Milman, touring in support of her new release In the Moonlight (September 27th), for two nights. Band members TBA. Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open Tuesday at 6:00pm and Wednesday at 5:30pm.
Sophie Milman is a charismatic young Russian-born, Israeli-raised, Toronto-based jazz vocalist who's well on her way to becoming an international sensation. Still in her twenties, she's been a household name in Canada since 2004, when her debut album established her as a major artist in her adopted home country. Since then, she's continued to take the jazz world by storm, topping the Billboard jazz and iTunes charts Canada, the U.S., France and Japan, winning a Juno Award, and captivating audiences worldwide.
In the Moonlight, Milman's fourth album, finds the artist creating her most sophisticated and accomplished work to date, drawing upon her sublime interpretive skills and unique personal history to deliver a deeply compelling set of jazz and pop standards that showcases the subtle emotional shadings of her singing.
Throughout In the Moonlight, Milman's performances elevate a musically and lyrically diverse array of material, encompassing the playful romanticism of the George Gershwin/Buddy DeSylva chestnut "Do It Again", the poignant melancholy of the Kurt Weill classic "Speak Low", the barbed bitter sweetness of Serge Gainsbourg's Ces Petits Riens, the effortless uplift of the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Jon Hendricks bossa nova favorite "No More Blues" and the understated elegance of the beloved Duke Ellington classics "Prelude to A Kiss" and "Day Dream".
"I wanted to make a lush, warm, romantic record, the kind of record that takes people to an emotional place," Milman asserts, adding, "I choose songs mostly based on the lyrics; they have to resonate with me emotionally or have something cheeky about them to get my attention. But I'm also drawn to melodies that have interesting twists and turns."
The intimacy and immediacy of Sophie Milman's singing reflects the dramatic experiences that shaped her early life. Born in Russia's Ural Mountains, she left for Israel with her parents in an effort to escape the strictures and uncertainties of life under communism. Among the few possessions that her family managed to hold onto was a cherished collection of vinyl jazz bootlegs. Those recordings would become the foundation for Sophie's lifelong love of jazz.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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