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Saturday, November 11, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Chris McNulty’s warm, soulful sound and liquid phrasing melds seamlessly across a wide range of styles and idioms. From Sarah Vaughan to Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, with a generous tip of the hat to Streisand she also traverses more modern and modal approaches to instrumental material from Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner and James Williams along with several penned by McNulty herself.
Well known for creating an effortless synergy with her musicians, McNulty has been weaving her special brand of magic and captivating audiences worldwide for decades while on the international touring circuit. Whether it be her mesmerising ballad singing, jubilant brand of swing or high flying improvisations, lovers of jazz are in for an enthralling listening experience.
McNulty will be joined by the wonderful Brett Williams (piano), Ben Robertson (bass), Lewis Pierre (drums), saxophone (TBA).
“…the McNulty gig remained one of the best-kept secrets of the Festival….for me this provided some real Festival highlights over the several nights I heard them… a really strong swinging New York band from note one! McNulty was in great form out front, using tone and every possible nuance to enhance her expression, while always swinging. It is interesting to note that this was the one group which I heard in the Festival (and I heard most of them) which actually delivered such a joyous and irresistible swing that one’s foot had to move!” – M. Jackson, Jazz Australia,
“A singer of great subtlety, she interprets each lyric in an extremely individual way and with exceptional sensitivity. Without doubt an inspirational jazz singer. Eloquent, expressive and extremely exciting. The subtle variations she applies to each song aptly illustrate her unflinching commitment to jazz. A consummate artist, her unsentimental approach suggests a certain vulnerability and emphasizes an intimacy few singers can match.” – Mike Pinfold, Howden Jazz Society, UK