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Michel Legrand
Carla Cook Quartet
  • Michel Legrand


    Fri
    24
    20:00 @ The Everyman
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    Michel Legrand

    Line Up: Michel Legrand (Piano)

    It is difficult to pin the legendary Michel Legrand into one single category. This amazingly versatile French  jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor and producer has enjoyed a whirlwind career, excelling in an impressively broad range of domains from film soundtracks and French 'chanson' to jazz and classical music.
    From Paris, Michel is one of the most successful foreign-born composers ever to grace the American best-seller lists. From his very first success in the United States with the memorable, "I Love Paris," in 1954, his productivity has continued unabated and to prove it, he currently has three Oscar Awards and three Grammy Awards.

    His most unforgettable work is the classic 1964 film, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," which marked his first recognition from the Motion Picture Academy. He won his first Academy Award for Best Song for "The Windmills of Your Mind," which appeared in the 1968 film, "The Thomas Crown Affair" starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. He later picked up the Oscar for Best Original Score, for the movie "The Summer of '42," and won for Best Original Song Score for the Barbra Streisand movie, "Yentl”.

    But Legrand is remembered almost as well for a number of songs that didn't win Oscar awards. Among the more notable are "Pieces of Dreams," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "I Will Wait for You," "Watch What Happens" and "You Must Believe in Spring."

    In addition to his prodigious writing skills, Legrand is a conductor of renown and a virtuoso jazz pianist. He has conducted and appeared with such ensembles as The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Montreal and Vancouver.

    He has made well over 100 albums and has collaborated with such major stars as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Clint Eastwood, Bjork, Jacques Brel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Diana Ross, Jack Jones, James Galway, Ray Charles, Orson Wells, Shirley Bassey, Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand.

    Many other performers of prominence have also recorded songs by Legrand. These include Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Henry Mancini. Most recently, Sting recorded “The Windmills of Your Mind”.
    In 2003, Legrand was presented with the ‘Légion d'Honneur’. Snowed under with honours, music awards and Oscars, this formidable talent has never let fame go to his head or dull his prodigious artistic appetite.

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  • Carla Cook Quartet


    Fri
    24
    20:00 @ The Everyman
    tickets: €35
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    Carla Cook Quartet

    Line Up: Carla Cook (Vocals), Bruce Barth (Piano), Masa Kamaguchi (Double Bass), Stephen Keogh (Drums)

    From Detroit, Carla is one of the major jazz voices from the United States, a truly sublime performer.

    Settling in New York, she has worked in a variety of musical forms with contrasting jazz artists such as Lionel Hampton, Regina Carter, Don Byron and Craig Harris.
    Carla is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter with a large vocal range who sings jazz standards beautifully -- but doesn't stop there.

    She is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz.
    In her extensive songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. 

    That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Carla her signature style.
    Jazz Times called Carla Cook "a stunning jazz diva" and the Chicago Sun-Times stated that "she scatted with a richness and range that is beyond most of her contemporaries”.
    Carla says that her favorite artists range from Miles Davis and Chaka Khan to Johann Sebastian Bach, and she draws upon all of these influences and more in her music.

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