7:30pm - 9:30pm
Audience: Alumni, Current Student, Faculty, Families, Neighbor or Friend, Prospective Student, Staff
Sunday, October 15, 7:30 pm
Winner of the 2023 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best New Artist, 23-year-old Bronx native Samara Joy is making her claim to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz singing sensation recorded on the Verve Records label. Her voice, rich and velvety yet precociously refined, has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King, appearances on the TODAY Show, The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show w/Stephen Colbert, CBS Mornings, MSNBC, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, etc., in addition to millions of likes on TikTok — cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star.
On "Linger Awhile," Samara introduces that massive audience to a slew of classic standards several times older than she is through her timeless, irresistible sound. The New York Times praised the “silky-voiced rising star” for “helping jazz take a youthful turn” while NPR All Things Considered named her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.”
“The close precision and frothy power of her voice stand out immediately… so does the depth of her comfort within the jazz tradition.” – The New York Times