The Sharón Clark Quintet
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The Sharón Clark Quintet

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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Nov
22
The Sharón Clark Quintet @ 6-city tour with Ark Orkutsky

6-city tour, None, Ukraine

6-city tour, None, Ukraine

Oct
20
The Sharón Clark Quintet @ Gilda Radner Cancer Benefit -- New York Improv Festival

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Oct
19
The Sharón Clark Quintet @ Jazz Foundation of America Benefit

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Music

Press


http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/artsfun/9926.html - Washingtonian Magazine


http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/01/mental-health-4.html - The Atlantic


http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/01/mental-health-4.html - The Atlantic


A Washington native with a powerful yet supple contralto, Clark moved with soulful, swinging assurance through her set, often evoking the artistry of Sarah Vaughan along the way. Clark proved wonderfully nimble when the tempo quickened or when some scatting was called for, but for sheer enjoyment, nothing eclipsed her dreamy rendering of "You Go to My Head."

Full review, click here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/05/AR2008100502072.html
- Washington Post


Sharon Clark, a singer based in the Baltimore/D.C. area, proved a revelation in the less than commodious confines of Carney's Other Room. If you think you hear shades of Billie Holiday when Madeleine Peyroux sings, how about the spirit of Sarah Vaughan? Clark not only conjures up memories of the Divine Sarah; she does them justice. I never thought I'd hear a singer with the range, musicality and command of tone and timbre that was Sarah at her best, but now I have.

For full review, visit:
http://www.jazztimes.com/articles/17782-cape-may-jazz-festival-2006-spring - JazzTimes


“You can’t underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharón Clark, a Washington-based jazz and soul diva, tears it apart and peers inside . . . Ms. Clark’s sound evokes not [Billie] Holiday but rather a less operatic Sarah Vaughan fused with the more animated side of Shirley Horn, a singer who also liked to take her time. Ms. Clark’s voice is rich, her phrasing unfussy, her jazz embellishments minimal.” -- Stephen Holden, New York Times - New York Times


"The brilliant Sharón Clark . . . knows how to personalize the songs of Motown or the Beatles, no less than if they were by Gershwin or Rodgers, and offers an object lesson in how to revitalize someone else's vintage hit in a such a way that the original artist suddenly becomes the furthest thing from the listener's mind. . . . her show at the Metro of songs from her AM radio youth is an absolute triumph." . . .

Like [Sarah Vaughan], her natural sound is almost operatic in its richness, but pure jazz in its improvisational sassiness. But when she brings her remarkable instrument to bear on those pop hits of the post-nuclear age, which she clearly loves, she creates something new and amazing. . . .

All of which begs an additional question: Why has Sharón Clark been so overlooked, particularly in New York, for all this time? That is surely going to change." – Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal - Wall Street Journal


This lady boasts talent, spunk, confidence and humbleness, and deserves to be well on her way to breaking into this difficult [NYC] market.
- Cabaret Scenes


She somehow turns songs from the 1960s and 1970s into jazz lushness. I heard her in Provincetown this summer and was wowed. - Andrew Sullivan / The Dish


Whatever she’s performing, Clark gives each song a very personal interpretation that nevertheless recalls the very best of female jazz singers... By the time Clark concluded with Dusty Springfield’s ‘Just a Little Lovin’, it seemed many wished the evening had just begun. - Times Square Chronicles


Discography

"Do it Again -- My Tribute to Shirley Horn" (2008)

"Finally" (1997)

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Bio

Performance calendar:  www.sharonclarkjazz.com

The critics say all you need to know about the remarkable Sharon Clark:

"Ms. Clarks sound evokes not [Billie] Holiday but rather a less operatic Sarah Vaughan fused with the more animated side of Shirley Horn, a singer who also liked to take her time. Ms. Clarks voice is rich, her phrasing unfussy, her jazz embellishments minimal. -- Stephen Holden, New York Times

"The brilliant Sharn Clark . . . knows how to personalize the songs of Motown or the Beatles, no less than if they were by Gershwin or Rodgers, and offers an object lesson in how to revitalize someone else's vintage hit in a such a way that the original artist suddenly becomes the furthest thing from the listener's mind. . . . her show at the Metro of songs from her AM radio youth is an absolute triumph." . . .

Like [Sarah Vaughan], her natural sound is almost operatic in its richness, but pure jazz in its improvisational sassiness. But when she brings her remarkable instrument to bear on those pop hits of the post-nuclear age, which she clearly loves, she creates something new and amazing. . . .

All of which begs an additional question: Why has Sharn Clark been so overlooked, particularly in New York, for all this time? That is surely going to change." Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

"A revelation . . . I never thought I'd hear a singer with the range, musicality and command of tone and timbre that was Sarah at her best, but now I have." JazzTimes

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