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Chiara Izzi & Kevin Hays Album Release Show “Across The Sea” at Birdland

The Italian born singer/songwriter, Chiara Izzi, will celebrate the release of her newest album, “Across The Sea”, co-created with American pianist Kevin Hays. The album contains original tunes and unique re-interpretations of songs from composers and songwriters loved by both artists (James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Henri Mancini to name of few). The album includes the gifted artistry of bassist Rob Jost and drummer Greg Joseph, with special guests Gregoire Maret, Chris Potter, Omer Avital, Nir Felder & Rogerio Boccato. The whole selection of songs is intended to inspire hope and celebrate love despite the challenges we may face. Poignant melodies and harmonies are beautifully performed by the whole band, and some vocal duets with Chiara & Kevin give unique renditions of well-known classics.

The band for the show will be Chiara izzi on vocal, Kevin Hays on piano & vocal, Rob Jost on bass & french horn, and Greg Joseph on drums, Grégoire Maret (harmonica) and Nir Felder (guitar).

Chiara Izzi Bio

Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” after the release of her debut album “Motifs”. She started her musical path in Italy by learning to play the piano and performing very early. She developed a versatility thanks to a multitude of performances in Italy and abroad in Belgium, Switzerland, France, the United States, Finland and Germany, which led to her vocal mastery of traditional jazz alongside contemporary styles. Chiara’s sound is based on her own unique interpretation of a fusion of different genres, including jazz, pop and Mediterranean sounds.

Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. Following this award the vocalist was invited to open for Paco de Lucìa’s concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. Thanks to this award she had also the chance to record her debut album “Motifs” released by the New York based label Dot Time Records. The record has been presented in some well-known radio programs in Belgium, Holland, Italy and received notable reviews in the US on Jazz Times, All About Jazz, AXS, Midwest Record, to name of few.

She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city. Some of her notable performances occurred in prominent jazz venues such as The Blue Note NY, The Iridium, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Apollo Theater, Aspen Jazz Festival, Jazzahead, Smalls, Italian Embassy in Washington DC. She’s also graced the stage with some of the finest musicians, including Kevin Hays, Leon Parker, Jeff Hamilton, Aaron Goldberg, Bruce Barth, Eliot Zigmund, Warren Wolf, Anthony Wonsey, among many others. Chiara graduated with honors with a Masterʼs Degree in Jazz Music in Italy and she has caught the attention of and received remarkable appraisals from Quincy Jones, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Kevin Hays, Eliot Zigmund, Joel Frahm, Aaron Goldberg, David Kikosky, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dado Moroni and many others.