"A gifted and experienced singer whose warm tone and sharp sense of humor bolster her restrained artistry." - The New Yorker
"A jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety." - New York Times
Vocalist Libby York returns to Mezzrow on Tuesday, August 28 for a performance with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Neil Miner. The trio will play sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m. at the club on 163 W. 10th St., New York City. Tickets $20, $10 students. For information call 646-476-4346 or visit https://www.mezzrow.com/events/3998-libby-york-michael-kanan-neal-miner.
York has become a favorite of audiences and the international jazz press for her nuanced interpretations. She's enjoyed a successful career that has spanned four decades, and has become a "keeper of the flame" for jazz singing, with raves for her nuanced and witty takes on Great American Songbook gems and Antonio Carlos Jobim classics.
York's recordings, including Blue Gardenia, Sunday in New York, Here With You, and Memoir, continue to receive airplay around the world. Says York, "I love the fact that in the jazz tradition you never do a song the same way twice. I'm not a scat singer, but I love to improvise with the phrasing. I'm a firm believer of giving these classics their due by singing them more or less as written the first time through, but then these sophisticated musical stories, many of which were originally written for Broadway shows, can swing like crazy."
York is excited about returning to Mezzrow. "The intimacy of the 40 seat listening room is ideal. Spike Wilner has really created a happening space for music." She's also delighted to reunite with bassist Neil Miner (the two worked together quite a bit when she lived in New York) and looking forward to singing with Michael Kanan on piano. "Interacting in the moment with such talented musicians is a joy. And the opportunity to tell these stories has been the focus of my professional life."