Named 2004 “Female R&B Artist of the Year” at the New York International Music Festival, vocalist, trumpet player, pianist and producer Andrea Capozzoli has quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. From the driving funky energy of the track “Something About You Baby”, to the sultry gospel ballad “If I Only Knew”, Andrea’s album “So Real” has an eclectic appeal that transcends many genres.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Andrea got an early start as a professional musician, studying vocals with the likes of Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), Kevin Mahogany, and Maureen Budway. As Andrea puts it, “Although I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, it was always really important to me to keep a heavy jazz influence in my songwriting as well. I am really fortunate to have bandmates that groove so hard and are also incredibly well-versed in jazz.”
The band, which includes Danish guitarist Casper Gyldensoe, bassist Dave Buda and drummer Rob Mitzner, recently played to a packed house at New York’s historic Blue Note Jazz Club, which culminated a fast-paced summer of touring the United States and Europe. Andrea has also opened for the likes of Steely Dan, Sister Sledge and Jessica Simpson, and shared the stage with Slide Hampton, Bernard Purdie, and Erik Kloss, among many others; she is on the faculty of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and recently had the honor of performing for President Barack Obama.
One reviewer writes:
“Quit lying soul fans. You weren’t at The Black Lily when Jill Scott performed there, you never saw Jazmine Sullivan at any high school talent show, and you’ve never run into Musiq Soulchild beatboxing on South Street. Well, now’s your chance to make up for it, and her name is ANDREA CAPOZZOLI…We’re talking really pretty soul music people, the kind you really like. If you don’t believe me, follow the link to http://www.andreacapozzoli.com, or hit up Chris’ Jazz Cafe... Then in about a year when everybody’s talking about her, you can say how you saw her back in the day – and this time it’ll be the truth.”
Gary Lime, PMZ Magazine
Vocals, Piano and Trumpet- Andrea Capozzoli
Guitar and back vox - Casper Gyldensoe
Bass- Dave Buda/Dmitry Ishenko
Drums- Rob Mitzner
Debut album "So Real"
Andrea Capozzoli at Chris' Jazz Cafe
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Quit lying Philly soul fans. You weren’t at The Black Lily when Jill Scott performed there, you neve...Quit lying Philly soul fans. You weren’t at The Black Lily when Jill Scott performed there, you never saw Jazmine Sullivan at any high school talent show, and you’ve never run into Musiq Soulchild beatboxing on South Street. Well, now’s your chance to make up for it, and her name is ANDREA CAPOZZOLI. She’s performed for Steely Dan, Sister Sledge, Jessica Simpson, and President Barack Obama – but really, who hasn’t? Chris’ Jazz Café is hosting her CD release party this Thursday, and it’ll only cost you a ten spot. What that gets you is a singer who can – wait for it – actually sing! We’re talking really pretty soul music people, the kind you really like. If you don’t believe me, follow the link to her myspace http://www.myspace.com/andreacapozzoli, or hit up Chris’ Jazz Café at 215-568-3131. Then in about a year when everybody’s talking about her, you can say how you saw her back in the day – and this time it’ll be the truth.
by GARY LIME
Club Cafe Review
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Andrea Capozzoli performs this week at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh. By Scott Beveridge PORCHVIEW, ...Andrea Capozzoli performs this week at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh.
By Scott Beveridge
PORCHVIEW, Pa. – A tweet on the Net was enough this week to take me away from a project around the house on a recession-proof vacation close to home this week.
The independent 91.3fm WYEP used Twitter to promote another one of its Third Thursdays happy hours that provide live performances by the best local musicians, free food and beer.
The band, “Meeting of Important People,” was on the menu alongside chips, pretzels and beer from Pennsylvania Brewing Co.
I left after few songs at the station’s community headquarters in Pittsburgh’s trendy South Side district because the music, while it had a good beat, was too loud to tolerate.
An unexpected reward, though, came around the corner at Club Cafe, where a female rhythm and blues singer was on stage.
Pittsburgh native Andrea Capozzoli immediately drew me inside the lounge at 56 S. 12th St., and her talent, and especially those scat numbers, kept me there until the set was over.
The decision was set when she performed the number, “Can you stay for a while.”
An instructor at Berklee School of Music in Boston, she also held her own on the keyboard and when she pulled out a muted trumpet. Her guitarist, Casper Gyldensoe, was spot on with his performance, too.
Capozzoli’s love songs were perfect for this dim, intimate venue accented with blue and plum walls and twinkle lights strung on tree branches around the ceiling. There were just a dozen people in the audience, making it seem as if they were at a jam session in her family room. All she needed was sexy, silk ballroom gown to melt the room, where everyone was keeping time with the beat.
“You got to make time to make love,” she crooned.
It would be hard not to fall in love with her voice.
It’s too bad that I didn’t purchase one of her albums before leaving to later liven up the mood at home during that miserable job of painting the entrance hall. Click here to listen to a sample of her music.
Meanwhile, Club Cafe wasn’t the place to seek out a good meal. The menu is limited to such small dishes as chili and pizza. The bruschetta pizza with green and black olives I selected arrived undercooked, and it didn't appear in any way to resemble bruschetta.
And while Pittsburgh is so lucky to have WYEP, the station needs to find another room to hold its concerts, or at least break a second door from the lobby into the studio to ease the congestion. The room is just too cramped.
POSTED BY SCOTT BEVERIDGE AT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
LABELS: FOOD, MUSIC, PITTSBURGH, REVIEW
Andrea Capozzoli Review
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Review: Andrea Capozzoli Buzz up!By Bob Karlovits, TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Photos...Review: Andrea Capozzoli
Buzz up!By Bob Karlovits, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
About the writer
Bob Karlovits can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7852.
Whitehall native Andrea Capozzoli showed the mastery teachers are supposed to have at her Jazz Appreciation Month gig at the Cabaret Theater, Downtown.
It makes sense. She teaches at the jazz-oriented Berklee School of Music in Boston. But there was nothing too academic about her show. She displayed a crisp, clear voice and a noteworthy ability to scat.
Pittsburgh sax star Kenny Blake sat in April 14 with the band she brought from Boston, but the most impressive sideman was guitarist Casper Gyldensoe. He and Capozzoli put together a sizzling blend of Charlie Parker's "Ornithology" and "How High the Moon."
Capozzoli showed adequate skills on trumpet on "You Don't Know What Love Is," but was more impressive as a songwriter. Her "We Used to Be" was a Carole King-flavored bit of pop-jazz, and "So Real" stood out even more in its mainstream styling.
She also did "Love for Sale" in an odd 7/4 time signature, giving the Cole Porter standard new life.
Songs from debut album "So Real"
Make Up Your Mind
We Used To Be
Go On And Go
Live My Life
Something About You Baby
Taking You Too Long
Can You Stay For A While
If I Only Knew
There are no upcoming dates at this time.