01/23 8:00 PM &10PM - $25.00
Keystone Korner Nights presents:
Hot Club of Detroit featuring Cyrille Aimee
*Please note that Cyrille Aimee will not be singing on the 10PM set on Jan 23rd
Cyrille Aimee – vocals
Shawn Conley – bass
Jon Irabagon – saxophone
Evan Perri – lead guitar
Julien Labro – accordion, accordina, bandoneon
Paul Brady – guitar
Cyrille Aimée has consistently proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.
Cyrille mastered the art of improvisation while studying at the well known conservatory of jazz at SUNY Purchase, with teachers such as Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Greene.
Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition of 2010, performing in front of a jury of Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater… In 2007, Cyrille won both the first and public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition.
Cyrille’s discography and musical history is an impressive list for any musician, jazz or otherwise. At the young age of 27, she has already released four CDs internationally, including “Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band” and “Smile” with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo currently on iTunes.
The Japanese label Venus Records has just released Cyrille and Diego’s latest duo album “Just the Two of us” this past November.
Cyrille Aimée has been featured on compilations, feature film soundtracks across the globe and on the albums of Denis Chang and David Reinhardt. She fronted France’s latest worldwide sensation ‘Caravan Palace’ on their European tour and performed in front of crowds that number over 10,000 people.
Cyrille can be heard every single on NPR. She currently lives in Brooklyn and regularly performs in Manhattan with legends of the East Coast jazz scene. She can be found any given day in the historic jazz clubs of NYC, including Joe’s Pub Birdland and Dizzy’s Club, with musicians like Steve Davis, Spike Wilner, Tom Kennedy and Anat Cohen among many others.
Her latest record “Cyrille Aimée & friends Live at Smalls” features Roy Hargrove and Joel Frahm and is released under the label SmallsLIVE.
Bassist Shawn Conley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. While in high school, Shawn won a position with the Honolulu Symphony. He then attended Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison, receiving his Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance. While at Rice, he received a Wagoner Fellowship to study in Paris with Francois Rabbath. After one year, he was awarded both the teaching and performance diplomas. Shawn has since served as a faculty member alongside Msr Rabbath at the bi-annual Hawaii Contrabass Festival.
Shawn won first place in the 2009 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz competition the same year. This past year he has played with Sting at the Apollo, as well as Peter Gabriel live on the Late Show with David Letterman. He has also performed with great musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Arturo O’Farrill, Gerald Clayton and James Carter. He regularly performs with The Hot Club of Detroit, The NOW Ensemble and The Knights Chamber Orchestra.
A favorite of both critics and musicians alike, saxophonist Jon Irabagon is one of today’s most respected jazz artists. An integral member of such notable ensembles as Mostly Other People Do The Killing, the Dave Douglas Quintet and the Mary Halvorson Quintet, as well as an established bandleader in his own right, Irabagon was the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition and has since topped the Rising Star Alto Saxophone category in the DownBeat Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York‘s 25 New York City Jazz Icons.
His diverse career has not only taken him all over the world, but also to all parts of the musical spectrum, especially in jazz where he has embraced projects spanning the mainstream to the avant-garde. He has also performed with a variety of pop and rock artists and in the realms of contemporary classical, modern dance and musical theater. His current projects include his own bands Outright! and Foxy Trio, I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But The Blues with Mick Barr and Mike Pride, and a duo with drummer Barry Altschul.
Although he claims to have no Gypsy blood in him, Hot Club founder Evan Perri spent nearly six years roaming the campuses of five different colleges in search of the right music program. He studied jazz at Berkelee College of Music, Musictech College in Minneapolis, and Western Michigan before settling in at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is the son of a jazz guitarist, but Evan did not pick up a guitar until age 16 and never heard a Django Reinhardt recording until his twenties. However, while still a fan of greats like Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, he vividly remembers hearing Django for the first time and thinking, “This is it. This is what I’ve been looking for.” The HCOD was born out of his desire to recreate the sound he describes as “Parisian Café 1936, but with better sound equipment” in Detroit. A dedicated student of Reinhardt and the gypsy guitar tradition, Evan is currently playing the “Model Jazz” guitar made by Manouche Guitars.
Accordion, Accordina, Bandoneon
Deemed “brilliant” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz worlds. His artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.
French-born Labro was inﬂuenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. However, he spent every last cent of his pocket money collecting CDs by jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, thirsty for the originality, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.
In 2005 Paul Brady graduated from DePaul University with a degree in jazz studies. During that summer he performed with the Hot Club of Detroit for the first time. Within weeks following that performance at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the band was asked to record for Mack Avenue Records and Brady was invited to be a full time member. From 2005 to 2007, Brady was also on the faculty at the David Adler Center for Music and Arts in Libertyville, Illinois. There he taught guitar, bass and jazz improvisation while freelancing as a guitarist in Chicago.
As a classical guitarist, Brady made his recital debut as a part of the Adler Center’s Faculty Concert Series, which included performances of chamber music with Mezzo soprano Cecila Hall and members of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Brady has also studied conducting with Michael Lewanski and Kenneth Kiesler.
An active producer, Brady co-organizes the Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival along with HCOD leader Evan Perri. The two continue to bring this festival into the mainstream by prompting sponsorship and bringing in nationally known guest artists, who have included Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Anat Cohen, James Carter.
Brady made his debut as a record producer in 2008, working with the Chicago jazz trio Kaleidoscope whose release “Map to the Ocean” is available through jazzexchange.org. Brady finished producing the debut CD for the Chicago based flamenco trio, Idilio, which released in the spring of 2009.
As a writer, Brady has contributed to the to the encyclopedia of jazz musicians at jazz.com and is a columnist and blogger for the magazine Wine and Jazz. He is also the author of It’s About That Time, a music, wine, and finer things blog. Most recently, Brady was a contributing editor to the online edition of Jazz: the first 100 Years, by Dr. Keith Waters and Dr. Henry Martin.
Brady attended Rutgers University at Newark, where he taught part time while completing his Master’s thesis in Jazz History and Research on Django Reinhardt. Brady lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and continues to perform with the Hot Club of Detroit and as a free lance jazz/classical guitarist, while writing, producing and teaching.
Paul is currently playing the “14 Fret Orchestre” guitar made by Manouche Guitars.