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Cyrille Aimée Is Moving On

The French-born singer has changed her location, her band, and her musical focus—with a little help from Stephen Sondheim

Cyrille Aimee by Noé Cugny
Cyrille Aimee (photo: Noé Cugny)

Standing on the stoop of her three-story apartment building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on a warm, late August day, Cyrille Aimée is grinning. She is all Gallic charm, with her flowing mane of brown curls, her floral-print sundress and her open, inviting smile. When she speaks in softly accented English, she’s like a whiff of France in the middle of working-class Brooklyn.

She’s talking fondly about the not-yet-gentrified neighborhood, her primary residence until recently, and about her latest album, Move On, her fourth for the Mack Avenue label. The title could hardly be more appropriate: The 34-year-old French-born jazz singer has, in fact, moved on, in every way possible, and she seems relaxed and happy about it.

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Allen Morrison

Allen Morrison is a music journalist, musician, jazz critic, lecturer, and a regular contributor to JazzTimes and 
DownBeat. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, Jazziz, American Songwriter, and Departures. He lectures frequently on jazz history aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Before becoming a full-time journalist, Allen worked as a music publicist and a pianist. He is working on a book on how musicians and non-musicians hear music. He maintains a blog at AllenMorrison.com.