Gretchen Parlato (USA)

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A modern day enchantress of song: Gretchen Parlato

Hailed as the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, Gretchen Parlato is the kind of artist that comes along once in a generation. Her 20-year career has seen her work with powerhouses of the contemporary jazz world, including Wayne Shorter, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard and living jazz treasure, Herbie Hancock.

Renowned for her subtle, yet masterful command over her vocal instrument, sultry, sensual vocals dominate her performance. With delicate phrasing and a unique ability to transform jazz standards with her inventive and playful interpretations, she fuses jazz with undertones of African and Brazilian beats to create a distinct and intoxicating contemporary jazz aesthetic.

In Parlato’s words ‘my voice is my instrument’ and she aims to perform ‘in an emotional way that speaks to every listener’. Secure your tickets for a night with Parlato and her exceptional band – this modern-day enchantress of song is not to be missed.

Presented by Melbourne International Jazz Festival


Gretchen Parlato voice
Marcel Camargo MD & guitar
Léo Costa drums/percussion
Artyom Manukian cello
Mike Shapiro drums

Opening Act – Sam Anning Sextet

Sam Anning bass
Andrea Keller piano
Mat Jodrell trumpet
Carl Mackey sax
Julien Wilson sax
Danny Fisher drums