Born of a Dominican mother and French father, the dynamic young Aimée brings an exotic, highly rhythmic-based approach to jazz singing, incorporating a Gallic gypsy swing with hints of salsa and samba into well-worn standards and original compositions. Winner of the Montreux and Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competitions, the talented chanteuse boldly takes vocal jazz into new, intoxicating directions.

Aimée grew up in Samois-sur-Seine, France- a village most known for gypsy guitar icon Django Reinhardt- and you can hear that swinging influence in all of her performances and recordings. Bringing a global perspective to jazz, Aimée also melds Brazilian rhythms and melodies into her sound, having played and collaborated regularly with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. After five self-released recordings (one of which was funded by her prize-winning performance at the Montreux International Vocal Competition), Aimée will be releasing It’s a Good Day in 2014, her first on a major record label.

“A voice like fine whiskey—oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness”
– The Washington Post

“…made us all fall in love with the jazz tradition all over again.”
– The New York Times

“No other young artist gives me hope for the future like Cyrille Aimée, the brilliantly inventive jazz vocal prodigy…”
– The New York Times

JazzChats are informal discussions led by jazz radio hosts and leaders with the artist one hour prior to the concert.  Join us at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for this summer’s JazzChats!