Jazzed About It is the award-winning web series featuring young, rising stars
who are shaking up today's music scene, with an inside look at their music and journeys in jazz.
Update: Congratulations Samara! Winner of two
2023 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and
Best Jazz Vocal Album!
Since capturing first place at the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2019, Samara Joy's star has been on the rise with every performance. With a musical lineage including
her grandparents, renowned Gospel singers Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, her gift for jazz singing began to emerge while in high school, where her unique, velvet-rich sound was already being compared with that of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz legends. She widened her vocal studies at SUNY Purchase's acclaimed jazz program with jazz masters including Kenny Washington and Pasquale Grasso. Now at 22, her debut album Samara Joy is rising quickly on the music charts, while she plays major jazz and concert venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Patrick Bartley has been acclaimed for both a sweeping command of the jazz repertoire and the ability to electrify audiences on either saxophone or clarinet. After graduating from The Manhattan School of Music, the Florida native stayed on in New York, where he quickly became in demand for playing in genres from jazz and blues to rock. He has been featured with Jon Batiste on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, played with Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center and in Rock and Rock Hall of Famer Steve Miller's annual blues concerts.
In addition, he has written and produced tributes to jazz legends such as John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly, presented at major jazz venues and festivals.
One of the brightest rising young singing stars in jazz today, Anaïs Reno is being heralded for a multi-faceted talent and musical depth that belies her 18 years. With the lineage of her classical musician parents, before she was 12 she had taken another path with the discovery of the music of the Great American Songbook. The discovery became a passion, and she made her solo show debut a month before her 14th birthday. She is now garnering recognition beyond her hometown New York jazz scene with the release of her first album, Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn, where she explores the songs of the two titans of the jazz repertoire with a poignancy that has taken the album into the top 10 on the jazz charts.
Dan "Chimy" (shim'-ee) Chmielinski began his love affair with the bass at age three. He received a bachelor's and master's degree in jazz studies from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Ron Carter Scholarship, named for the legendary jazz bassist and one of Dan's teachers. He has accompanied the stars of Broadway's Hamilton, performed on national television and has gained acclaim as not only one of the leading young musicians in jazz today, but for his innovative concepts as a composer, bandleader and producer. His Four by Four is an octet that blends a jazz and string quartet, while Circuit Kisser is an ensemble combining bass and drums with five synthesizers to produce unique electronic and jazz harmonies.
Continuing a family legacy of music and education, Bryan Carter combines elite-level drumming and bandleading with a quest for breaking new ground in jazz and beyond. While he has performed with numerous top names such as McCoy Tyner and Kurt Elling, his own Bryan Carter and The Young Swangers has traveled internationally with the mission to bring jazz to young audiences in non-conventional settings. Another of his projects, Jazz at Pride is
a trailblazing initiative to encourage greater diversity in the music industry and openness for LGBTQ jazz artists. Bryan also teaches at jazz workshops at schools and universities, and is a founding teaching artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People program.
Coming from a large musical family in Portland,
Oregon, New York is Tony Glausi's home base today, where he continues his rise as one of the brightest young stars on the music scene. Hailed by legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach as "a great writer and terrific trumpet player", Tony has been recognized in several issues of Downbeat Jazz & Blues Magazine for outstanding improvised solos and compositions. He has appeared at major jazz venues throughout the country, as well as at the renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the New Morning in Paris. Tony has taught at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and at the John G. Shedd Institite for the Arts, where he founded the Shedd Youth Jazz Orchestra.
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