D and I went to the Jazz Festival (26 June – 5 July)last week. I’m really sorry we didn’t go before – I mean there are people coming from all over the US and sometimes the world (!!!) for this festival and we live 3 blocks away and didn’t manage to get our behinds out of the house!
So we went there on Saturday night and although I was not expecting to REALLY love what I’d see (since I’m not a big fan of the jazz genre) I fell in uttermost awe with Amanda Mabro.
Her voice is extremely powerful – reminding me of Ella Fitzgerald – and her songs are some sad, some playful, some very audacious.
Here’s what the Montreal Gazette wrote about Amanda:
Jazz singing doesn’t necessarily have to be all sultry, dreamy and supperclub-ish. God knows, there are plenty of vocalists out there covering that turf. Amanda Mabro is different: her songs grab you by the throat and look you in the eye with cool defiance. This is big-voiced, cabaret-influenced music with a bit of garage attitude.
-MONTREAL GAZETTE, March 2008
This is exactly how I feel about her music. Could I be falling in love with jazz?