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A Night of Sarah, Ella, Streisand... McNulty

Friday 06 August 7.00pm

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Chris McNulty’s warm, soulful sound and liquid phrasing melds seamlessly across a wide range of styles and idioms. Her seductive brand of NYC swing combined with impeccable phrasing embraces the sass of Sarah Vaughan, the elegance of Ella Fitzgerald and the sophistication of Streisand in equal doses.  McNulty’s uncanny ability in creating an effortless synergy with her musicians adds equal enchantment to any performance. On this outing she joins forces with the wonderfully agile and sensitive Harry Mitchell, Nick Abbey and Mike Perkins.

“McNulty has put all she has learned over half a lifetime of jazz singing and songwriting into this exquisite chamber jazz CD. The Australian born, New York City-based singer and a veteran performer on the international jazz scene, has many gifts as a performer and a direct channel to the emotional core of a lyric. On this CD, McNulty bares her soul, and one doesn’t dare look away.”  — 4 1/2 stars, Allen Morrison, Downbeat

“A singer of great subtlety and exceptional sensitivity.  Eloquent, expressive and extremely exciting. The subtle variations she applies to each song aptly illustrate her unflinching commitment to jazz. A consummate artist, her unsentimental approach suggests a certain vulnerability and emphasizes an intimacy few singers can match.”  — Mike Pinfold – Wakefield Jazz, UK

“… a terrific ability to trace serpentine routes…. she tempers the prevailing melancholy with an undercurrent of hope-fueled anticipation, resulting in a fascinating sense of looking simultaneously backward and forward…..hints at a hipper Streisand….marvelous legerdemain. ” — Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

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