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Cyrille Aimée: Voice of a New Generation in Vocal Jazz

Roseanna Vitro talks with singer about her life in music

Cyrille Aimée
Cyrille Aimee

When you see Cyrille Aimée perform, you instantly fall in love with her-her voice, eyes, curls and the joyful spirit she invests in each song.

In 2010 I was asked to help select 12 singers out of 240, all budding jazz vocalists vying for honors in Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. Allan Harris and Peter Eldridge were my fellow judges, along with producer Jeffrey Levenson. The first entry we heard rocked us, totally captured our imaginations. Unbeknownst to us at the time (it was an anonymous audition), Cyrille was the opening vocalist and she set the bar high for all subsequent entrants.

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