With a voice as smooth as velvet, SAMARA JOY’s star seems to rise higher with each performance. After winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she began
With a voice as smooth as velvet, SAMARA JOY’s star seems to rise higher with each performance. After winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she began recording her debut album, featuring Samara backed by the Pasquale Grasso Trio.
Growing up in New York, music was a constant presence, due to the inspiration of her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, who led the well-known Philadelphia-based gospel group, The Savettes. Her father toured with the renowned Gospel artist Andrae Crouch, and her home was filled with the sounds of not only her father’s songs and songwriting process, but the inspiration of many Gospel and R&B artists
It was the kind of endorsement most rising guitarists can only dream of, and then some. In his interview for Vintage Guitar magazine’s February 2016 cover story, Pat Metheny was asked to name some younger musicians who’d impressed him. “The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso,” said the jazz-guitar icon and NEA Jazz Master. “This guy is doing something so amazingly musical and so difficult.”
Pasquale explores standards, ballads, and the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Charlie Parker, showcasing his sweeping abilities in the most intimate possible setting.
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