Sylvia Brooks, Jazz Vocalist

Classic American Jazz Los Angeles, CA

How far can a song take you? What corners of a hot and twisty soul can it invade? And where will it leave you, when it inevitably does? In approaching her new album, Restless, Sylvia Brooks sought to answer those questions, and take her listeners on a tour of the hungers that haunt us, the passions that drive us and the compulsions that send us careening deliciously close to the edge of the abyss.

Initial discussions with arranger and producer Kim Richmond brought forth several ideas. “I wanted to take a set of songs—this set of songs—and give them more of an urban, street-like feel.” Recalling an incident several years ago that saw her confined to a hospital bed in New York City, she speaks of the totality of the experience in musical terms. Of the jangly, dissonant pulse of the city, the ambulances whizzing by at 3:00am, the clickity-clack of stilettos on the sidewalks below, the heaving sighs of the concrete canyons as they purge and are purged of their human contents...

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And it was from the stirrings of “’Round Midnight,” that the album’s concept began to come together. “I wanted people to feel the complete surrender to that kind of barren loneliness, to use instrumentation to bring around that feel of the streets of the City, and bring out the steel of pain and emptiness built into these songs.”

And in exploring the ambiguities and contrasts, the staggering highs and desolate lows, the fragilities and desperate yearnings, inherent in such songs as “Last Tango,” “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,” and “You’re My Thrill,” she seeks to impart that tactility to her listeners.

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restlessmusic2a"You know how nights like this begin, the kind of knot your heart gets in, Any way you turn is gonna hurt..."

And through these explorations, the wide range of instruments deployed—violins, harmonica, accordion, french horns, percussion, guitars and Sylvia’s fascination with the secrets that lie beneath, the collection began to coalesce into a new and unique mash-up blending art, film and pure musicianship she calls “Jazz Noir."

So pour yourself into a gimlet state-of-mind, where the brighter the sunshine, the darker the night, and a raven-haired seductress sinks her hooks in you and the pain is so exquisite, you dare not tear yourself away. Then see just how far a song can take you... - To
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And in exploring the ambiguities and contrasts, the staggering highs and desolate lows, the fragilities and desperate yearnings, inherent in such songs..

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Past, Present & Future Performances

Jazz at LACMA KJAZZ radio broadcast Sunday, 18th October 2015 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Bring in the holidays.... and join Sylvia & Jimmy McConnell's exciting 18 Piece Orchestra @ Rain for an evening of swingin' jazz....jazz when it was the cats meow....Purr!!!...
Sylvia Brooks Join The Jimmy McConnell Big Band on December 21st 2015 @ Rain Rain is located @ 12215 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City 818 770-0691 | Band plays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.... Sylvia will be featured @7:00 PM
Sylvia Brooks LIVE! @ Vista Del Mar Jazz Festival Sunday October 18th Hosted by Pat Prescott of 94.7 the Wave
Sylvia Brooks LIVE! @ M Bar and Restaurant Oct. 17th & 31st, Nov. 7th & 28th, Dec. 5th M Bar and Restaurant is located at 1253 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90038.
Sylvia Brooks LIVE @ First & Hope, Saturday, Sept 17th 2015. 710 W. First Street. Los Angeles, CA 90012
For info call: 310 410.9200 Sylvia will perform @ show only. Read More...
Sylvia Brooks and The Jimmy McConnell Big Band are at the legendary Cork Club @ La Tijera Saturday night, April 25th. 2015 from 5-8 PM | 6835 La Tijera, Los Angeles 90045.
Sylvia Brooks and the Tom Garvin Quintet LIVE! @ The Jazz Bakery, Thursday August 30th 3233 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Sylvia Brooks LIVE! @ Sterlings Upstairs at Vitello's 4349 Tujunga Ave. Studio City, CA 91604

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