LIBBY YORK TRIO
Three For The Road:
“Memoir,” Libby York’s most recent recording, is a telling reflection of a gifted and experienced singer whose subtle manner may have kept her from greater popular acclaim. A warm tone and a sharp sense of humor bolster her restrained artistry.
-- The New Yorker
"Stylish and cosmopolitan with a broad streak of lush life urbanity, Libby York has a sound that recalls, without any condescension or gratuitous nostalgia, Anita O'Day, Chris Connor and Sarah Vaughn."
-- 4 stars, Downbeat, John McDonough
for Sunday in New York
Libby York - vocals
Jeremy Kahn - piano
Russ Phillips - trombone
Three For The Road: Traveling Light
This evening features songs of travel to favorite destinations, both terrestrial and celestial.
The trio will swing Great American Songbook gems about traveling to favorite destinations, both terrestrial and celestial: Moonlight in Vermont, Rhode Island Is Famous for You, Paris Blues, Still On The Road, Midnight Sun, Stars Fell On Alabama, as well as a couple of special vocal duets with trombonist Russ Phillips.
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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.