America’s greatest composer for popular love ballads and Broadway charm is given an intoxicating new life with Troy Miller and two of the hottest voices in the world of jazz today, Laura Mvula and José James in this AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SEASON.
Created by talented multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and conductor Troy Miller, Gershwin Reimagined is an imaginative, unmissable event.
Troy’s career has gone from strength to strength, starting out as a drummer on tour with jazz legend Roy Ayres; in 2016 he was invited to join Amy Winehouse’s band, where he was an integral member for five years.
Other highlights of his career to date include touring and performing with amazing talents such as Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, George Benson and the molasses-rich vocals of Laura Mvula.
Laura Mvula burst onto the cultural landscape in 2013 and has since become one of the U.K.’s finest exports. Described as the Nina Simone of her generation and with two Mercury Prize nominations and two BRIT award nods, Laura has found herself at the forefront of the funk and soul revival.
Gershwin Reimagined marks Laura’s Western Australian debut, giving you the opportunity to experience her effortless originality and rich voice as she invites everyone into a glowing poetic world.
Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, New York City based vocalist José James combines jazz, soul, drum’n’bass and spoken word in his own unique brand of vocal jazz. James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; his debut album Dreamer, released in 2008 earned him accolades worldwide and placed at number 21 in Jazz Times’ Top 50 for the year. 2010’s For All We Know became the winner of both the Edison Award and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album.
José James returns to Australia following past performances at Perth Festival and Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Troy Miller’s reimagining of Gershwin’s song book is done with an unbridled energy and deep respect, showcasing the exquisite melodies of the classics such as Embraceable You, Summertime (Porgy and Bess), I Got Rhythm and lots more.
Laura Mvula and José James lead the line-up with WASO to breathe life into spectacular and intriguing arrangements of these timeless songs.
Perth Concert Hall
Friday 7 June – 8pm
Saturday 8 June – 8pm
Tickets at https://www.waso.com.au/concerts-tickets/whats-on/concert/gershwin-reimagined
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
With Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Friday 31 May – 7:30pm
Saturday 1 June – 7:30pm