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Helen Sung presents Sung With Words featuring guest vocalist Johnaye Kendrick

Tue, Apr 16 -
Wed, Apr 17, 2019




$16.00 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes painist and composer Helen Sung, on tour in support of her new release Sung With Words. Band members are John Ellis (sax), Michael Glynn (bass) Kendrick Scott (drummer) and special guest vocalist Johnaye Kendrick. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open each night at 6:00pm.

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Helen Sung presents Sung With Words

Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition and 2019 Jazz Artist-in-Residence for Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, pianist/composer Helen Sung has worked with jazz luminaries including the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Regina Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Cecile McLorin Salvant. But Sung With Words might end up being her most celebrated to date: released in September 2018, the album was showcased on NPR’s First Listen and Here & Now, and jazz publications Downbeat and Jazztimes.

Made possible by a 2014 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works grant, the project is the result of a collaboration between Sung and California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. Utilizing jazz and poetry as catalysts to create new music, Sung With Words is a multi-movement work of original vocal songs (using Gioia’s poems as lyrics) and instrumental compositions (inspired by words) exploring themes of the human condition: love, wonder, betrayal, melancholy, and mystery.

For her return appearance to Jazz Alley, Helen brings a stellar band composed of longtime colleagues (saxophonist John Ellis and drummer Kendrick Scott) along with some of Seattle’s best: bassist Michael Glynn, and Johnaye Kendrick will be featured as special guest vocalist, interpreting Gioia’s poems, which have been described as “resonant with music”

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