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Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 PM
(doors open @ 7:30 PM)

The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center

Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125

7% tax added to all ticket sales



Saturday, February 18, 2017



(doors open at 7:30PM for seating)
Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125
7% tax added to all ticket sales

We are currently sold out of tickets to this event. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call us at 770.534.2787. We typically have additional seats available in the atrium on the night of the performance, and will be able to seat you as seats become available.

“Energetic vocalist” "exceptional singer and songwriter”

— Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

“Sophisticated, sweet, subtle, sexy, swinging”

— (Jazz About .com)

”Winsome vocals transport you back to a place and time far away”

— (Garnet News)

”Friendly, engaging… Get ready to swing and be moved”

— (Michael Steinman, JazzLives)


Svetlana is a vocalist, songwriter and arranger living in New York City with a sound that has at once tenderness, warmth, soulfulness and vulnerability, along with an unexpected edge and the power of a seasoned vocalist. Svetlana earned a MA from the Manhattan School of Music (2015) where she studied vocal performance with Theo Bleckmen, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGherry, as well as composition with James McNealy and Phill Markowitz. Since then, Svetlana has been collecting accolades from local, national and international press.

The sounds of hot jazz and swing conjure images of a long-lost world of back-alley speakeasies, frenetic dancers, bathtub gin and tommy gun-toting gangsters. Monday night regulars at New York's Back Room, where Svetlana & The Delancey Five have held court for more than three years, know that the world isn't quite as lost as it may seem.

With the release of Night at the Speakeasy, produced by Grammy® Award-winner Guy Eckstine and co-produced by drummer Rob Garcia, the rest of us finally have the chance to revel in the sounds of the Delancey Five and their Moscow-born chanteuse, Svetlana Shmulyian (Eckstine called her "Astrid Gilberto via Moscow"). This is no strict throwback band, however; the repertoire on their debut album combines swing-era classics with modern pop songs by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and original tunes from the pen of Svetlana and her bandmates, who are also noted for their work in the straight-ahead and modern jazz worlds. There's even a tune by the Russian-German trumpeter/composer Eddie Rosner sung by Svetlana in her native tongue.

"No other band on the hot jazz and swing scene would do a song in Russian," says Svetlana with considerable understatement. "I'm interested in songs in any genre. I wanted to write and record songs that you could dance to but that you could also listen to on the radio, in the car, or wherever. It's music that makes you smile."

“Delightful, sure to please listeners” (WRHU)
As a band leader with sold-out shows at such legendary New York venues as Kitano Jazz Zinc Bar, Drom, Barbes, 92 Street Y, Rockwood Music Hall, and large scale swing dance events, Svetlana has earned accolades with her poised and charming stage presence, enchanting vocals and strong musicianship. Svetlana has performed as a band leader with many acclaimed jazz musicians, most notably Randy Johnson (guitar), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone and vocal), Gordon Webster (piano), James Chirillo (guitar), and John Webber (piano). Svetlana also maintains a busy performance schedule appearing as an in-demand side-person with groups ranging from big bands, to pop, gypsy swing, klezmer, a 100-person gospel choir, and small jazz ensembles in venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, LePoisson Rouge, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and National Yiddish Theatre.

Indeed, it's a pleasure to hear Svetlana's sweet, winsome tones intertwine with the warm, gravelly voice of legendary trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (one of The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz’s favorite performers). Over the years that Svetlana has been performing on the New York jazz scene, Gordon has become a mentor and collaborator, contributing several arrangements to Night at the Speakeasy along with singing and playing on the album. "Wycliffe has a natural chemistry with the band," Svetlana says. "He's truly one of the most professional, supportive musicians and band members that I know. He behaves like a soldier in an army that I lead, and then when he steps ou,t the whole room lights up in a different color."

Since forming in the spring of 2012, Svetlana & The Delancey Five have gone on to consistently sell out at a number of renowned New York jazz venues including the Blue Note, B.B. King's, Ginny's Supper Club, Zinc Bar, City Winery, and Kitano while maintaining their home base at the Back Room. The band has also become one of the most in-demand features at numerous sold-out hot jazz and swing events (Prohibition Production, Gemini & Scorpio, Times Square flashmobs (which consistently draw hundreds) -- as well as secured residencies in popular Brooklyn music scene spots. Svetlana’s career is an interesting culmination of the story of a Russian girl who grew up singing, studying piano and classical vocal, and singing in traditional Russian choirs; but, at insistence of her family of engineers, studied a more practical subject of mathematics.

It's not an immigrant story that begins in hardship, however. "I had a fabulous, happy childhood in the dark concrete buildings of Moscow," Svetlana recalls. "I have a great family and I guess that's where it starts and ends - it doesn't matter where you are or how long you have to stand in line to get bread and butter. I come from a family of nerds and engineers and the reality of becoming a full-time artist seemed really far-fetched. But in my heart of hearts, I always knew I was an artist."

After completing her mathematics degree with high honors in Moscow - Svetlana enrolled in Moscow College of Improvised Music and Jazz. A scholarship landed her in New York, where she arrived with one suitcase and a guitar on a crisp autumn day. After a few years singing in a variety of contexts and languages, Svetlana fell into the hot jazz and swing circuit, finding exhilaration in singing songs she had listened to on old LPs since she was a child and feeling highly energized by singing for mixed audiences of listeners and dancers.

The band's "magnificent energy" (noted by the collaborator, Wycliffe Gordon) reflects the magic of "social music," which goes to the very root of how swing became popular in 1920s and why it is on the upswing again today: every live performance creates a strong connection between the band and its audience that consumes the music with their minds, their hearts, and their whole bodies. As Will Friedwald states in the record's liner notes, this may be the reason why "Svetlana will be singing it and leading one of the major bands in the idiom for some time to come."


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