U.S. jazz singer Gretchen Parlato, among the most lauded of her generation, is coming to Guadalajara’s Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Saturday, April 21.
Parlato, born in 1976, is the daughter of bass player Dave Parlato, who has contributed tracks to several Frank Zappa albums, among other renowned artists. In 2001, she enrolled in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, the first vocalist admitted into the program. A few years later she placed first in that school’s eponymous world-famous competition, placing first.
Among other plaudits, Parlato has received best vocal jazz album awards by JazzTimes, the Jazz Journalists Association and NPR Music.
In addition to three solo albums, she has often recorded as a collaborator and/or sidemen with some of the finest musicians working today – somewhat unusual for a vocalist – including Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Barron and Terence Blanchard.
Parlato will hit the Conjunto stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, available online at conjuntodeartesescenicas.com, are 200-350 pesos.