Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cristina Perez - "The Sweetest Thing" #jazz

“Sultry…Vocally, she is a knockout…"
—Theodore Mahne, The Times Picayune

“She has a flirtatious tone that invites the listener in"…"consistently good in the classic Ella/Sara fashion…" -David Kunian, Offbeat Magazine

New Orleans native Cristina Perez fronts her band with a combination of sassy vocal power and strong jazz sensibilities. Whether singing, acting, dancing, composing, or starting a movement, she boldly reminds us why she is more than a great addition to the entertainment scene, but also an asset.

Her latest album, "The Sweetest Thing," showcases her impressive versatility as a musician and vast range as a composer. Featuring 10 original songs, the album is impossible to nail down into any one single genre as it moves fluidly through decades of varying musical traditions. Hints of Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Norah Jones can be detected throughout.

Her latest project, a cinematic love letter dedicated to the city of New Orleans set to the album’s title track, sparked the #NolaSweetestThing movement. Perez’s passion to elicit positive connections with others through the language of music was made evident, as the video quickly reached more than 40,000 people in a few short weeks. In addition, the movement gave back to the community through collaboration with local entities Fleurty Girl, Lionheart Prints and The Roots of Music.

In addition to producing two of her own albums, Perez has appeared on numerous artists’ recordings including Richard Scott’s "Jambalaya Town," the New Orleans Moonshiners’ award-winning "Frenchmen St. Parade," and Adam Rosado’s soon-to-be-released Big Band album.

Cristina is a regular at BB’s Stage Door Canteen, where she has the opportunity to showcase her broad vocal range during various productions. She is best known for her leading role in the National World War II Museum’s award winning tribute "Jump, Jive and Wail! The Music of Louis Prima."

Dominic Massa of WWL-TV writes of her performance, “Perez isn’t imitating as much as she is embodying Keely…[she] nails the deadpan act that Smith popularized onstage with the wild and crazy Louis." And Theodore Mahne of "The Times Picayune" writes: “Perez’s rendition of “A Sunday Kind of Love" is a gem that rivals Jo Stafford’s original recording."

Busy performing regularly in New Orleans venues and festivals, Perez is dedicated to expanding the definition of a singer/songwriter and hopes to break open the confines of the jazz genre.

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