Lizz Wright with opener Beth Wood
Tue, Apr 25 -
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Thu, Apr 27, 2017
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Night of show seating typically available.
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes alto songstress Lizz Wright with opening act singer/songwriter Beth Wood. Band members are Chris Rosser (guitar), Bobby Sparks (pianos and Hammond B3), Nicholas D/Amato (bass) and Che Marshall (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.
Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is a steward of American music bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to singular original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. Wright has garnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation through the release of five critically acclaimed albums. From her breakout Verve debut album Salt to her latest viral success with a rendition of “The Nearness Of You” (new music video released in advance of Wright’s appearance at The Apollo Theater (Oct. 22, 2016) celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday has more than 1 million views after its first week posted on Facebook), Wright lives life filled with beautiful possibilities centered on the power of song.
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Wright culls inspiration from her Southern upbringing in Georgia where she was the musical director of a small church in which her father was the pastor. Gospel music, and the call and response singing with the church congregation, informed her first brushes with music. Singing classical repertoire with Dr. Dwight Coleman while attending Georgia State University (Atlanta), studying jazz and spirituals with Dr. Richard Harper of The New School (New York), personal study of the folk tradition, and traversing through the Great American Songbook all fostered a keen interest to discover her own voice across diverse genres.
At the age of 22, Wright made a name for herself nationally as a vocalist with a touring concert tribute to Billie Holiday, where her poised performance stole the show. At 23, she signed with Verve Records for the release of Salt, which topped Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts. Her subsequent albums (Dreaming Wide Awake, The Orchard, Fellowship, and 2015’s Freedom & Surrender) continued to top the charts and her latest single “Lean In” (from Freedom & Surrender) landed on President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist. NPR critic Ann Powers included Freedom & Surrender on her list of “Favorite Albums in 2015,” and the album has received rave reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Dedication to the long form and the cultivation of a balanced life with strong roots has brought Wright from New York City to the countryside outside of Asheville, North Carolina. A respite from the bustling city streets, the beautiful mountain woods provide the perfect backdrop for her writing. Rustic hikes and river swimming, living amongst lovers of the land, growing essential foods in the garden, and harnessing an appreciation for the earth. Wright lives and breathes with the freshness of the country air. In turn, her music remains vital and dynamic growing along with nature’s elements.
In December 2016, Wright returned to the recording studio with renowned Americana producer Joe Henry for her much anticipated sophomore album with Concord Records. Her sixth full-length studio album summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth for a standout collection of new songs to be released in September 2017.
Opening the show will be seasoned singer, songwriter and performer Beth Wood, who has worked with Chris Rosser on two of her albums Marigolds and Ghostwriter. Beth is more in the folk vein, but has a soulful side, which should be a nice compliment to Lizz’s soulful earthy musical countenance.
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for ninteeen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.
“A superb singer/songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A woman with the heart of songcraft in her blood and the exceptional musicianship to back it up.” — The Corvallis Advocate
“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” — Washington Post
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