Madeline Eastman will be making an all-too-rare New York appearance on Wednesday, September 22, when she takes to the stage with her trio at the Kitano for one night only. Eastman will perform two sets, at 8 and 10pm, with pianist Randy Porter, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Ross Peterson.
I am thrilled to finally be back in New York, especially with this band," says Eastman, a well-traveled singer who's appeared in New York on only one previous occasion. She'll be performing tunes from her latest Mad-Kat CD, Can You Hear Me Now? (which features Porter, Reid, and drummer Matt Wilson), as well as new material with her original lyrics.
Eastman has long history with two-thirds of her Kitano trio. I love Rufus's intense level of commitment to the music, his humor and immense creativity," she says of the bassist, who's been on three of her six recordings. Randy and I met at the Reno Jazz Festival many years ago, and we just plain hit it off. I feel like I've found a musical soul-mate in Randy."
Drummer Peterson is new to Eastman, but the singer always relishes the wild ride, creating on the fly" and looks forward to making music at the Kitano.
Described by critic Don Heckman in the Los Angeles Times as a consummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work" and a prime example of what jazz singing in the 21st century can be," Madeline Eastman is a fearless Renaissance woman of jazz. She is a trailblazing entrepreneur who started her own label, Mad-Kat Records, in 1990 (in partnership with fellow San Francisco singer Kitty Margolis). An in-demand clinician, Eastman directs the vocal department at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, is the Artistic Director for Jazzcamp West and vocal instructor for Monterey Jazz Festival's Traveling Clinician Program, and runs her own vocal retreats (The VoiceShop).
Eastman has recorded six albums for Mad-Kat: Point of Departure (1990), with Tom Harrell, Mike Wofford, Rufus Reid; Mad About Madeline! (1991), with Phil Woods, Cedar Walton, and special guest Mark Murphy; Art Attack (1994), with Kenny Barron, Tony Williams, and the Turtle Island String Quartet; Bare: A Collection of Ballads (2001), a duo session with pianist Tom Garvin; The Speed of Life (2003), featuring Randy Porter, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, and Mike Olmos; and 2008's Can You Hear Me Now? Madeline Eastman Live, with Porter and Reid once again on board, joined by Matt Wilson.
But Eastman's first commitment has always been to performance, and she's been recognized as such. Mad has twice been voted one of the Top Female Vocalists in the Down Beat Readers' Poll, and named Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in the magazine's Critics' Poll. She's an inveterately unpredictable traveler who never fails to take us to magical places" (JazzTimes).
Show times are at 8:00 and 10:00 pm, Wednesday, September 22; no cover, $15 min. per set. The Kitano is located at 66 Park Avenue at 38th Street. Reservations are advised (212-885-7119).