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Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen "PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs"
CAPATHIA JENKINS & LOUIS ROSEN
“PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs”
October 25, 26, 27 at 7pm
Birdland Theater

Birdland Theater is proud to announce that vocalist Capathia Jenkins and Award-winning composer/arranger Louis Rosen will return to Birdland to launch their new recording, “PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs” (Di-tone Records), a freshly imagined version of the critically acclaimed song cycle composed and arranged by Louis specifically for Capathia, with lyrics by the iconic American poet, Maya Angelou.

To perform these jazzy, soul-infused, classically tinged compositions, the Jenkins/Rosen collaboration is joined by a terrific New York sextet including pianist Kimberly Grigsby; CJ Camerieri on trumpet and French horn; Hideaki Aomori on alto & tenor saxophones, flute and clarinet; Andy Blanco on vibraphone; Dave Phillips on acoustic and electric bass; and Gary Seligson on drums.

The Birdland premiere of “PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs” also includes Louis’ “Songs Without Words,” four new instrumental compositions that are woven into the fabric of “PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs,” bringing an entirely fresh dimension to this already acclaimed work.

Here’s a bit more of what the critics have had to say about the Jenkins/Rosen collaboration:

“HIGHBROW - BRILLIANT”
"Catchy new pop standards..." (New York Magazine: The Approval Matrix)

“Jenkins…has an uncanny ear for the droll irony and naked emotion of Rosen's work, and a vocal range that brings out every shift in tone without bombast or pathos.” (Chicago Tribune)

“You might describe Mr. Rosen’s uncategorizable, continually shifting musical patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop as earthy, tuneful art song…. As Ms. Jenkins sang…, a poet in touch with her life force smiled through the music.” (NY Times)

"Rosen [as] songwriter and musician, charts an irresistible landscape between pop music and art song…." (Bloomberg News)

Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen
“Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs”
October 25, 26 & 27 at 7pm
Birdland Theater, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
$30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum