Featuring Vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli and Jazz Pianist Sarah Jane Cion .
Hold onto your seats folks because once again Jim Cammack has put together a Trio that is going to blow you away !! You can’t miss this. Read on……….
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original compositions and her unique take on material from the Great American Songbook as well as by contemporary artists as varied as Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and John Fogerty. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by David Finkle of The Village Voice.
In April, Gabrielle will release her fourth album, “Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson” a far reaching exploration of Nelson’s catalog, from his earliest works to his most recent creative efforts. She will celebrate the album’s release with a live concert at Birdland Jazz Club on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Sarah Jane Cion graduated from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in composition and performance. Cion was the recipient of the 1988 Boston Jazz Society Award, and she was chosen as one of four pianists to attend the Banff School For the Arts with an all-star faculty of Steve Coleman, Rufus Reid, Kevin Eubanks of the “Tonight Show” orchestra, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland
Sarah has performed with young and older jazz legends such as Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Anita O’Day, Della Griffin, Ralph Lalama, Alan Harris, Carmen Leggio, Dr. Lyn Christie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Don Braden, and many others. She is often found performing with New York City mainstay big bands such as the Lew Anderson Big Band at Birdland and is currently performing with bestselling author and tenor man James McBride
“Sarah is a marvelous, marvelous, marvelous jazz piano player. She is young, talented, creative and imaginative. Watch out!” —Clark Terry
“Sarah Jane Cion is consistent in the tremendously high level of her playing and composing. She is a pianist very much in the tradition of Bill Evans, Alan Broadbent, and Fred Hersch, with a bit of Erroll Garner and Kenny Barron thrown in. Her music is sumptuously melodic, cleverly harmonic, and intelligently lyrical. This is music of the highest caliber.” —C. Michael Baily, Allaboutjazz.com
When you hear James Cammack play the bass you will marvel at his originality and virtuosic approach to the instrument. And it's no wonder, for over 30 years, James Cammack has been a regular member of and performed continuously with the legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal. A piano and trumpet student in his early years, Cammack is largely self-taught. He became interested in playing the bass through an uncle who was also a professional musician. Later, by the recommendation of a high school teacher, Cammack was accepted into the West Point jazz band following an audition. During his stint in the military, Cammack had ample opportunity to play weddings, shows, and jazz gigs in the New York area and learned his trade. A great music associate, pianist and mentor, the late Frank Richmond, mentioned Cammack’s name to Ahmad Jamal, who snapped him up right after West Point. Cammack has visited more than 30 countries backing Jamal and has also toured with singer Nancy Wilson, tubist Howard Johnson, and singer Vanessa Rubin. He has performed in some of the world’s most famous jazz clubs such as the Village Vanguard in New York City and Yoshi’s in San Francisco; and major jazz festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
The last few years, James has been leading his own band and a high in demand sideman in the New York City scene. James Cammack is a master bassist.