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.View My Youtube Channel
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"You know how nights like this begin, the kind of knot your heart gets in, Any way you turn is gonna hurt..."
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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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Sylvia Brooks @ LACMA for the Friday Night Jazz series on October 2nd 2015 Friday October 2nd, 2015Coming off the success of her debut album Dangerous Liaisons, and it's follow-up release, Restless, vocalist Sylvia Brooks brings her unique blend of Hollywood sultriness and impeccable style to LACMA on October 2nd, from 6-8 PM, with a dynamic 7 piece orchestra under the direction of her longtime collaborator twice...
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 PMBring 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!!!...
Come & Join us on July 4th, 2015 @ The Cork on La Tijera July 4th, 2015 | 6835 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (310) 410-9200.Sylvia & Jimmy are back on July 4th, 2015. Come and join us for a fabulous night of Big Band Swing from 5 to 8.... The legendary Cork established in 1947, was home to new and burgeoning jazz and blues musicians arriving in the Los Angeles area. Greats like Ella...
Sylvia Brooks & The Jimmy McConnell Super Big Band this Saturday night Come & join us this Saturday June, 13th 2015...music starts at 5:00...Sylvia headlines with 2 shows @ 6:00 & 7:00 PMThe legendary Cork was established in 1947 and became a home to new and burgeoning jazz and blues artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters and Cab Calloway, who graced the stage at The Cork, wowing crouds and putting this small spot on the map. Come and enjoy a fantastic array...
Sylvia & The Jimmy McConnell Super Big Band this Saturday night at The Cork @ La Tiera Saturday, May 30th, 2015The Legendary Cork @ La Tiera will feature Sylvia & The Jimmy MCConnell Super Big Band this Saturday night from 5 to 8 PM. Sylvia will perform @ 7:00 The Cork @ La Tiera 6835 La Tijera Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90045... 310 410.9200 Read More...
Sylvia Brooks joins The Jimmy McConnell 18 piece Big Band on March 1st & March 8th, 2015 March 1st & March 8th, 2015For a tribute to an "evening at The Cotton Club".... Come & join Sylvia and Jimmy's tribute to a great era of legendary music on Sunday, March 1st & March 8th, 2015, at Rain Night Club in Studio City....12215 Ventura Bl., 91604...$10.00 cover, no minimum...From 6-9 PM...Sylvia will be featured...
Sylvia Brooks Joins The Jimmy McConnell Big Band Don't miss this exciting performance | February, 8th 2015 @ 7:00 PM for One Show Only...Back by popular demand, Sylvia will be joining The Jimmy McConnell 18 piece Big Band on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 for one show only at 7:00 PM, @ Rain Night Club...12215 Ventura Bl. in Studio City...Jimmy and his band play from 6 to 9 for more info: 818 755-9596 $10.00...
Sylvia Brooks joins the Jimmy McConnell 18 piece Big Band Come & Swing in the New Year! | Sunday January 4th, 2015Sylvia Brooks will be joining The Jimmy McConnell Big Band next Sunday, January 4th, 2015 for one show only @ 7:00 PM.... at Rain Night Club in Studio City.... 12215 Ventura Bl.... For more info call: 818 770-0691 (reservations suggested...the last show was sold out!) Read More...
Sylvia Brooks & Her Fabulous Little Big Band Live @ H.O.M.E. October 25th, 2014 at 7:30 & 9:30 P.M.Los Angeles, California. International recording artist Sylvia Brooks is set to thrill listeners with a repeat performance at the glamorous Beverly Hills Jazz and Super Club House Of Music and Entertainment on October 25th, 2014 at 7:30 & 9:30 P.M. Bringing her own special brand of Jazz Noir she once...
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