CHIARA IZZI &
“Sister, you are very, very talented!” – Quincy Jones
Friday, May 14th, 2021
Saturday, May 15th, 2021
THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM (doors to the venue open at 7:30PM)
“She has developed a distinctly original vocal style and understands the feeling of jazz in a deep way. Her performances never fail to inspire and always elicit the very best out of her sidemen.” – Joel Frahm
Award-winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” after the release of her debut album “Motifs”. Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the world. Some of her notable performances occurred in prominent venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival, The Iridium, Apollo Theater, Aspen Jazz Festival, Jazzahead, Italian Embassy in Washington DC, Smalls.
Perry Smith – Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from contemporary music to create his signature style. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own groups and is a sideman for local and touring artists.
Smith is a founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group. Based in Los Angeles featuring guitarists John Storie and Will Brahm, NWGG has been performing internationally for over 10 years. In 2019, Smith released his 4th album as a leader “Live in Brooklyn” on his own label Smith Tone Records.