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An Evening of Jazz With Samara Joy: A Star Ascendant

Samara Joy is a singing star in the ascendancy after winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. With her 2021 debut album she is a young jazz artist destined for greatness. $45, $60 (1.5 hr)
Category: @Annenberg Theater, Kid-Friendly Activity, Live Music Performance, JUST ADDED




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Samara Joy is a singing star in the ascendancy.  The young vocalist attracted attention in 2019 after winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Winning the Vaughan award was transformational for Joy. "I was suddenly on the jazz radar. It's still bizarre to think of how fast things have progressed." Since then, Joy has dug deep to discover her jazz roots, without losing sight of the innate simplicity that makes her sound shine.

Listening to Samara Joy you’re struck by the sound of her voice - warm, grounded and sturdy, an impression reinforced by her sure sense of pitch. But her understated, swingy rhythm can feel lighter than air. There's also the attention she pays a witty, poetic or heartfelt lyric without overselling it. She knows good words will carry their own weight, and with her clear diction, you can hear every one of them.  Her voice is a love letter to some of the most iconic jazz songs of decades past.  A young artist who, a few years from now, people will say ‘I saw her very early in her career and look at her now!

While still in college, in July 2021, she released her self-titled debut album, Samara Joy, to great reviews, with songs by Jimmy Van Heusen, Hoagy Carmichael, Teddy Wilson, Frankie Lane and more.  The album announced the arrival of a young artist destined for greatness. 

Accompanying Samara will be renowned guitarist, Pasquale Grasso, Ari Roland on double bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.


$45, $60

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Performance is 90 minutes without intermission.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Samara Joy Press Kit, Keanna Faircloth / WBGO, Samara Jones Press Kit<Keanna Faircloth / WBGO, Vuyo Sotashe, Ruben Fox


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