with Special Guest
“...her wit and easy swing...a gifted and experienced singer whose warm tone and sharp sense of humor bolster her restrained artistry.”
-- The New Yorker
“...a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety.”
-- New York Times
Libby York - vocals
Jeremy Kahn - piano
Patrick Mulcahy - bass
Jon Deitemyer - drums
A birthday celebration featuring her very favorite Great American Songbook classics and little known gems from her 30+year career, with her swingin' quartet. We're thrilled to have her kick off her diamond birthday tour at Winter's!
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Vocalist Libby York has garnered praise from the international jazz press for her swinging, subtle style and intimate way with a lyric. "A jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety..." Nate Chinen, New York Times.
The New Yorker cites "her wit and easy swing..." "Consummate jazz phrasing... relaxed perfection. "Jazz Times. "She'll appeal to Diana Krall fans, but is very much her own woman.." Times of London. Her appearances have included New York's Waldorf Astoria, Kitano Jazz Room, Metropolitan Room, 55 Bar,The Water Club and National Arts Club Gramercy Park, Cafe Laurent Paris France, The Vic Los Angeles, Truman Little White House Key West, Arts Club of Chicago, Jazz Showcase and Green Mill.
A native Chicagoan with deep roots in her hometown (her great grandfather founded Amling's Flowerland), Libby's love of the Great American Songbook began as a kid growing up in East Rogers Park when she got hip to Frank D'Rone's debut album and the June Christy classic, "Something Cool". Heading east to American University in Washington, DC, she remained on the east coast for many years, performing in New York City as featured vocalist for Swing Street, and at numerous clubs with her own trio. While in New York she was fortunate to study with the deeply soulful Abbey Lincoln.
York's debut CD "Blue Gardenia" ("One of the Year's Best" Time Out Chicago) was followed by "Sunday in New York" featuring Renee Rosnes, piano and the great Frank Wess on tenor sax. This release received 4 stars from Downbeat's John McDonough. The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik says of York's third release, "Here With You" , "The miracle of jazz singing as good as this is that a voice's encounter with words manages not only to produce the emotion the songwriters put in but add another, new emotion of the singer's own." "Her voice carries its emotional power in a graceful reserve..effortless. You can hear the smile in her voice.." Neil Tesser.
York's latest release, "Memoir" features guitar great Russell Malone, cornetist Warren Vache, Martin Wind, bass and beloved Chicago drummer, the late Greg Sergo. It spent several weeks on the CMJ chart.