Featuring the Pasquale Grasso Trio
A special fundraising jazz evening for Music in the Vineyards
Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 | 5:00pm
Sang~Froid Vineyards | 1115 Lodi Lane, St. Helena
Hosted by: Paula and John Murphy & Music in the Vineyards
Straight from New York, Samara Joy burst onto the jazz scene in 2019 when she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Following the 2021 release of her self-titled debut album Downbeat called the 22-year-old artist a “deeply emotive vocalist, with power that usually takes a lot of living to master.”
Samara is joined by the Pasquale Grasso Trio, Born in Italy and now based in New York City, the 30-year- old guitarist has developed an astounding technique and concept informed not by jazz guitarists so much as by bebop pioneers like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and the classical-guitar tradition. His intensive studies of both midcentury jazz and classical meld into a signature mastery that is, remarkably, at once unprecedented and evocative.
In his interview for Vintage Guitar magazine’s February 2016 cover story, Pat Metheny was asked to name some younger musicians who’d impressed him. “The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso,” said the jazz-guitar icon and NEA Jazz Master. “This guy is doing something so amazingly musical and so difficult.”
Tickets are extremely limited for this exclusive performance so book now.
Click below to watch video of Samara Joy & The Pasquale Grasso Trio