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Gretchen Parlato LIVE at Rockwood Music Hall TONIGHT!

December 13, 2013

GPARLATOGretchen Parlato is no new kid on the block, having sung as a side-woman on nearly fifty recordings since moving to New York in 2003. Her unique voice has lent its magic to a surprising range of musical styles, from bebop to Brazilian music, and from pop to folk. Her first two albums sounded the arrival of a significant new singer who wasn’t afraid to put lyrics to compositions by the likes of Shorter, Hancock and Davis. Parlato’s third album as leader, The Lost and Found (Obliqsound Records, 2011) sees Parlato the songwriter and lyricist emerging more fully, and the results are transfixing. Intuitive musical collaborators, bassist Derek Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott, pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist/vocalist Alan Hampton and tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens play a wonderfully sympathetic supporting role, which encourages and inspires Parlato, though this is a hugely impressive collective performance.

Ms. Parlato, with her cool, mood-oriented approach, recently released “Live in NYC,” a terrific document of new-breed jazz vocals, and so far the best representation of her style. She leads two bands on the album, which was recorded at the Rockwood Music Hall; returning there, she re-enlists one of those bands, which includes the pianist Taylor Eigsti, the bassist Alan Hampton and the drummer Mark Guiliana. At 7:30 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, between Stanton and Houston Streets, Lower East Side, (212) 477-4155, rockwoodmusichall.com; $20.

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