Filipina Jazz Singing Sensation Charmaine Clamor Celebrates New CD at the Iridium Wed., Sept. 12th Sets at 8 & 10PM


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Sets At 8:00 & 10:00PM


The Los Angeles Times calls Clamor, “An impressive new vocal artist, a first-rate jazz talent." And All About Jazz says, “Clamor could shake the musical world." Filipinos call her “one of our own."

New CD: Charmaine Clamor “Flippin' Out" (FreeHam Records)

Charmaine Clamor vocals, Christian Jacob-piano, Trey Henry-bass, Ray Brinker-drums, Julius Tolentino-alto sax, Abe Lagrimas, Jr.-ukulele, Gustavo Garcia-percussion, Richard Ickard-guitar Zaxariades guitar, percussion, vocals, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble kulintang

Another gem of a discovery was the attractive Filipino vocalist named Charmaine Clamor. Ms. Clamor is receiving a lot of rave reviews all across the country for her unique musical form that combines American jazz and blues with the melodies, languages and instruments of traditional Filipino music entitled jazzipino. The African Marketplace and Cultural Faire, North American Stage area was transformed into an intimate jazz club for this new singing sensation. Charmaine performed tunes from her debut CD-Searching For The Soul and her latest CD-Flippin' Out. She was accompanied by good musicians for her set-Abe Lagrimas Jr.,-drums/ukulele, Richard Ickard-guitar, Gary Wickes-bass and Gustavo Garcia-percussions. The tunes featured were “My Funny Brown Pinay"-a different version of “My Funny Valentine", “With or Without You" by U2, she honored the legacy of Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and local jazz and blues legend Linda Hopkins on the tune “Sugar In My Bowl"(women blush upon hearing this song) and performed a classic Filipino tune “MinaMahal Kita."

Charmaine Clamor is the first Filipina jazz singer to find success on mainstream American radio. Her album, “Searching for the Soul," has been heard on more than 100 stations around America, and peaked at #1 on the CMJ jazz charts in several markets. Critics and disc jockeys have compared Charmaine's sultry alto voice to legendary vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Cassandra Wilson, all the while recognizing her individual style and sound.

A longtime member of the renowned vocal harmony ensemble CRESCENDO, Charmaine is also the first Pinay to headline the world-famous Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club, in Hollywood, which presented Charmaine at their sold-out 2005 Filipino-American Jazz festival. In 2006, she headlined the Manila International Jazz Festival in her birth country, the Philippines.

Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Charmaine Clamor began her singing career at age 3, entertaining passengers (whether they liked it or not!) in the back of buses traveling to Manila. As she grew, she began providing piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English language classics. From these early memories comes her love of the Great American Songbook.

One of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization which promotes Filipino-American jazz artists in the United States, Charmaine is an American citizen and proud Pinay who is honored to perform at concerts that celebrate the Filipino culture.

This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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