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City of Strangers

by A Sondheim Jazz Project

Hip but respectful jazz arrangements of songs by Broadway's master song writer, Stephen Sondheim, as sung by Alex Samaras.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Parade in Town
4:27 $0.99
2. Multitudes of Amys
3:39 $0.99
3. Sorry-Grateful
4:46 $0.99
4. Another Hundred People
2:53 $0.99
5. Someone Is Waiting
4:14 $0.99
6. Being Alive
5:18 $0.99
7. Lovely
5:53 $0.99
8. Send in the Clowns
4:47 $0.99
9. So Many People
6:09 $0.99
10. The Glamorous Life
5:45 $0.99
11. In Buddy's Eyes
4:07 $0.99
12. Free
4:31 $0.99
13. Wait
4:46 $0.99
14. Take Me to the World
4:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
City of Strangers, the debut album by A Sondheim Jazz Project, takes on no less a task than rebuilding the lost bond between Broadway and modern jazz. Its leader, Bobby Hsu, a National Jazz Awards nominee for Saxophonist of the Year, has set the beautiful melodies of Broadway’s great master—Stephen Sondheim—to the compositional language of Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard and others while maintaining a deep respect for the dramatic through-lines and emotional heart of Sondheim’s stunning lyrics.

In Alex Samaras, ASJP has a singer who strikes a balance between perfectly placed jazz phrasing, tasteful improvisation, and something often neglected in jazz: a dynamic performance of the lyrics as story and character. A voice instructor in the University of Toronto jazz performance program, Alex’s singing is in demand by projects as varied as last year’s Bicycle Opera tour, the Global Cabaret Festival at the Young Centre, and the Toronto Jazz Orchestra’s Radiohead project. He has performed with Marvin Hamlisch, the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, the Tiny Alligator Orchestra, his own vocal ensemble Grex, and at various jazz and cabaret venues singing forgotten gems from the American songbook.

The Project’s rhythm section is made of highly in-demand young players—D’Arcy Myronuk (piano), James McEleney (bass) and Morgan Childs (drums)—who share Alex and Bobby’s passion for both jazz improvisation and the art of the dramatic song. The album also features guest appearances from singers Jenny Johnston and Canadian theatre and music legend Jackie Richardson.

Despite brief existence, A Sondheim Jazz Project is proud to have rapidly built a devoted following which unites two communities not often seen in the same audience since the days of Jerome Kern and Cole Porter.



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