Fall 2016 Jazz Series: Cassandre McKinleyOctober 28, 2016
Cassandre McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul – a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich - with “chops” to spare. But, she’s no diva! She’ll confidently and easily weave her way through The American Songbook and Soul Classics alike, singing with the maturity and wisdom of a veteran performer. She will stop to tell you a story – unwittingly disarming you, like the “girl next door” she truly is.
In her late 20’s, she fell in love – with Jazz. By chance, having heard and met Clay Osborne (oldest of the Osborne children) he introduced her to the phrasing and harmonics unique to Jazz. The relationship with Clay was just the beginning and solidified her deep appreciation and respect for veteran musicians with “old school” sensibilities.
After having released several independent straight-ahead jazz albums (“Right In Front Of You” and “Stay The Night”) McKinley released her third – crossing over with a “soul” inspired album “Baring The Soul-The Music Of Marvin Gaye” which received critics approval in several major music publications. The album caught the attention of well-established jazz label MAXJAZZ and an extended re-release followed titled “Til Tomorrow – Remembering Marvin Gaye”. The album had great success in straight-ahead jazz and cross-over markets both nationally and abroad and legitimized her career as a prominent new artist. By chance or fate, McKinley found herself working with and learning from local legends, made recordings and shared the stage with jazz greats. Joining Cassandre is The Gerry Beaudoin Trio.
This concert is part of New England Arts & Entertainment's Fall Jazz Series in the Poli Club. Subscriptions to all five shows, which include reserved seating, can be purchased for either the 7pm or 9pm performances. You can also call the Box Office at 203-346-2000.