Chris McNulty (NY) – Early 7.30pm Show
Friday 23rd May 2014
Vocalist Chris McNulty, Winner of the Australian Jazz Bell Award.
“Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album” for CD The Song That Sings You Here
“Four Stars. Does she ever swing… McNulty plays with rhythm authoritatively; there’s not a hesitant
note or second-guessed choice to be heard.” – Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat
“Five Stars… McNulty has a wide range and sings with strength and great clarity…Unconditionally
recommended.” – Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal UK
The acclaimed Australian-born, New York-based vocalist Chris McNulty has won a prestigious Australian Jazz Bell Award for her stunning 2013 album The Song That Sings You Here. Named for Graeme Bell, a legend of Australian jazz, the Bell Awards recognize and encourage excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of jazz in Australia. They were presented May 2 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.
On The Song That Sings You Here, McNulty, who has “a voice of serene beauty and striking veracity” (Peter Quinn, JazzWise), delivers a vibrant performance showcasing her tremendous range and abilities as a vocal stylist.
Released January 15, 2013 on Challenge Records, the CD features McNulty with bassist Ugonna Okegwo: drummer Marcus Gilmore, guitarist Paul Bollenback, pianists Andrei Kondokov and Graham Wood, saxophonist Igor Butman, and guest vocalist Anita Wardell. It’s receiving high praise including 4-stars from DownBeat and 5-stars from Jazz Journal.
“Since the onset of her jazz career, McNulty has maintained and intriguing unpredictability, a terrific ability to trace serpentine routes while traversing pop and jazz standards, often taking them to previously undiscovered places yet never straying dangerously off course…. And McNulty remains an underappreciated songwriter. Her eight-minute “Long Road Home — The Song That Sings You Here,” to name one sterling example, is a circuitous exploration of love’s vagaries and its ultimate immutability.” — Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
Chris McNulty first visited New York City in 1985 and settled there in 1988 after being awarded an International Study Grant from the Australia Council. Since then, McNulty has garnered further accolades from critics, jazz musicians and fans alike, as well as collaborating and performing with some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today including: Gary Bartz, Paul Bollenback, Billy Hart, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, John Hicks, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Montez Coleman, Mat Wilson, Ed Howard, Jeff Ballard, Dave Pietro, Joe Locke, Harvey S and many more. Acclaimed as well for her stunning live performances, McNulty has performed across Europe, in Australia, and throughout the USA.
NOT TO BE MISSED…
Genre – Jazz
Show time – 7.30pm $20