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Coming Up 04/02/10: Gretchen Parlato!

gretchenparlato Photo Credit: Jeaneen Lund

On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound, Parlato embarks on a beguiling journey deep into the heart of both her own compositions and classic material by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others-all of which she instantly makes her own. Each song emerges as a unique world unto itself, yet there’s an undeniable thread linking them all together.

The theme of the album’s title runs throughout each song. “Every song has a purpose, relates to my life in some way, and tells a story,” Parlato explains. Her own story begins in L.A., where she was born into a highly artistic and musical family that shaped her ears. In her youth, Parlato soaked up every sound that came her way, especially, African percussion and the sensuous rhythms of Brazil- all of which worked its way into her nascent style. Jazz gained a special foothold in her musical life because, she says, it forces an artist “to figure out who you are and find your own voice”.

She’s toured internationally with her own band and as a guest of many artists: notable performances include La Vilelette in Paris with Wayne Shorter as her guest, the Hollywood Bowl with Oscar Castro-Neves, Gal Costa Ivan Lins, and Dianne Reeeves, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Her recording credits include Terence Blanchard’s 2005 Grammy-nominated album Flow, Kenny Barron’s The Traveler, and Esperanza Spalding’s 2008 self-titled album.

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2 Responses to “Coming Up 04/02/10: Gretchen Parlato!”

  1. can you only listen to this live at the time of broadcast?

  2. Hi Natalie,

    I will be posting this on the website a few days after the original airdate. Stay tuned.

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