Judi Silvano and The Zephyr Band with
SPECIAL GUEST: Matt Wilson, drums
And VERY SPECIAL GUEST: Joe Lovano, tenor sax
Live at the Birdland Theater, February 18th, 8:30PM
Birdland Jazz Club, located at 315 West 44th St New York, NY, is thrilled to welcome four time Downbeat Top 10 Vocalist and Composer Judi Silvano and the Zephyr Band for a performance on Monday, February 18th. Taking the stage at 8:30pm, Judi will be joined by special guests Joe Lovano on tenor sax and Matt Wilson on drums, along with Ratzo B. Harris on bass, Adam Kolker on bass clarinet and saxophone, and guitarists Kenny Wessel and Bruce Arnold. The performance will take place at the Birdland Theater, the intimate cabaret-style venue located on the lower level of the historic venue. Tickets range from $20-$30 and are available here.
A veteran to the jazz recording and performing world, Silvano has released 14 critically acclaimed recordings on Blue Note, Soul Note/ Black Saint, Zoho, Jazzed Media and JSL record labels. Over the course of a lifetime in jazz, Judi has had the opportunity to perform at festivals and concert houses across the globe with such renowned artists as Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Vic Juris, John Abercrombie, Wynton Marsalis and Gunther Schuller, to name a few. Silvano’s newest release Lessons Learned, is a reflection on the earlier stages of her eminent career. This 10 track opus of original songs, produced by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano, is a collection of stories from the singer’s life that have accumulated and resulted in lessons she has personally learned. By reflecting upon her own individual experiences, Silvano has been observing the consciousness of society as a whole and hopes her perspective will encourage empathy in others towards their communities.
Parallel to Lovano’s adventurous arrangements, Judi’s writing varies from tender and spiritual to raucous and whimsical. On Lessons Learned, the vocalist is not afraid to bare her heart and sing of intimacy, and she tackles the realities of aging with hilarious candor. Silvano addresses the topic of self-doubt in her song “Dark Things,” She notes that “Acknowledging our vulnerability is key to being able to adapt and grow.” The artist certainly allows herself to be vulnerable on this recording, writing songs about her appreciation for her own life “Round and Round”, and lessons learned about love and relationships “Hand and Heart.” The album closes with “The Music’s in My Body”, which demonstrates that Judi’s sense of rhythm and space from her years as a dancer, are always a part of her songs.
“Without question, this singer-songwriter has succeeded in her ambitions for this excellent set of contemporary music.”
-Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal
“She is as skillful a writer as she is a singer and Lessons Learned is a fine product of both.”
-Alex Henderson, New York City Jazz Record
“This is one of the most inspired and fun recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of; it’s full of beautiful, joyous music!”