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Monday
Jun112012

Season 1, E : Saxophonist Stacy Dillard performs "Saturday"

(Aired on June 11, 2012)

STACY DILLARD for Capsulocity : Ask around for one of the young great saxophonists in New York City and you're bound to hear the Stacy Dillard. Raised in Muskegon Heights, he came to the city after a run-in with Wynton Marsalis in Dayton Ohio. Since then he's played with some of the baddest cats in music and created four albums of originals. Check out his full interview coming soon on Capsulocity.com.

Monday
Jun112012

Season 1, D : Cynthia Soriano performs the "Theme from the Godfather" en Español

(Aired on June 11, 2012)

CYNTHIA SORIANO for Capsulocity : Jazz Vocalist Cynthia Soriano keeps traditional jazz in tact singing songs from the Great American Songbook and jazz standards both in English and Spanish. Here she delivers her take on the "Theme from the Godfather" with self-penned lyrics in Spanish. She performs every Sunday at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City at 11:30 p.m. Full episode coming soon.

Saturday
Jun092012

Season 1, C : Miss Brianna Thomas performs "In A Mellow Tone"

(Aired on June, 9, 2012)
A rising star in the jazz realm, Brianna Thomas is quickly becoming one of the must hear voices. She's performed at many of the clubs in New York City as a featured vocalist including with Wynton Marsalis. Stay tuned for a full episode featuring this talented young vocalist.

Thursday
Jun072012

Season 1, Episode 5 : Emily Braden (Vocals) performs "Testify" and "Ribbon In the Sky"

(Aired on June 6, 2012)

EMILY BRADEN for Capsulocity.com : Emily Braden, the "big bad beauty" from Boise currently resides in Harlem, mixing it up and performing all around New York City, Idaho and British Columbia. Aside from her solo work, which features a wide array of jazz standards and pop classics, Ms. Braden is also part of a truly unique act, Double Bass, Double Voice

Thursday
Jun072012

SINGERS ... YOU GOTTA MOVE!

By LEZLIE HARRISON

My first memorable experience with performing came from my early days spent in the alto section of the young adult choir in my grandfather's North Carolina church. It was from there, in the front row directly behind the pulpit, that I witnessed the effect that the choir’s selections and the preacher’s sermon, had on the congregation. As an ensemble, we were able to stir souls, ease whatever troubles may lay heavy on the mind. As performers, we possessed the power to move the audience to "get happy", do the "holy dance", cry, shout and release. I loved that. That's what I wanted to do.

Singers, like preachers, are storytellers. We are responsible for giving our audience, a true and deeply heartfelt experience in hopes of lifting someone’s spirit.

On my way to becoming a professional singer, I had the good fortune to spend many hours in the company - both on and off the stage - with singers who could really deliver lyrics. Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, Phyllis Hyman, Jimmy Scott and Abbey Lincoln are the most memorable to me. They drew you in, held your attention and made you feel their truth. The beautiful, the bad and the ugly truth.

Unfortunately, I am witnessing a lot of un-truths being perpetrated on the bandstand these days from some "aspiring singers," lacking in inspiration. This phenomenon is perhaps a sign of the fact that the legends have gone on to bigger, better, eternal gigs and there has been no one to replace them on the "scene." No elder to shout out, "OH HELL NO!" , if you dared to scream your version of Love for Sale, in the wrong key, oblivious to the form and looking like you just rolled out of bed to sit in with the band.

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