Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rene' Marie has moxie! 2014 Tour Dates Included!

 
She's got moxie. ESSENCE 
...one of the finest vocal jazz albums of 2013. JAZZWISE
 
 
RENÉ MARIE RECORDS THE FIRST MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO 
EARTHA KITT  including The Classic Holiday Favorite
SANTA BABY
 
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I WANNA BE EVIL (With Love to Eartha Kitt)
on GRAMMY-NOMINATED MOTÉMA
FEATURES ETIENNE CHARLES, WYCLIFFE GORDON and
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM of AUSTRALIA
 
 
 
René Marie - singer, actress, writer.  Eartha Kitt - singer, actress, writerNever before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, René is the right artist to conceive of this historic project, out November 12 on the adventurous, multi-Grammy®-nominated label Motéma Music. I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt) is René's third recording for the label and her 10th career album. 
  
Eartha Kitt's daughter Kitt Shapiro, who maintains her mother's legacy via EarthaKitt.com and the company Simply Eartha, expressed her appreciation. It's wonderful that such a talented artist like René Marie has recorded the first tribute album to my mother, helping to keep her memory and spirit alive.  These classic songs deserve to be heard and loved by all generations.
  
This brilliantly entertaining album burnishes René's reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today's jazz divas. Featuring star turns by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Etienne Charles and Australia's Adrian Cunningham on saxophone, clarinet and flute, 
I Wanna Be Evil opens with a cackle of mischief and features such Eartha gems as "Peel Me A Grape," "C'est Si Bon" and the holiday favorite - "Santa Baby."  René's slow burn version is sure to become a new holiday favorite. Lesser-known barn burners like "I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch," and "I Wanna Be Evil" immediately signal the melding of the spirits of these two audacious women. She closes with her haunting original, "Weekend." Produced by René, veteran producer/writer/programmer Mark Ruffin, I Wanna Be Evil features René's longtime band: Quentin Baxter (drums, percussion, washboard); Kevin Bales (piano); and Elias Bailey (bass). Baxter also co-produced.
Ren?? Marie ' I Wanna Be Evil' - New album
Rene Marie ' I Wanna Be Evil' - New Album
 
 
FEATURED ON THE COVER OF JAZZ TIMES AND IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  René is winning acclaim for this new recording as seen on the December front cover of the national jazz publication Jazz Times.  Other reviews include:
 
 
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Eartha Kitt was quite a character, and René Marie is too. Ms. Marie's latest album, "I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt " (Motéma), works wonderfully well not only as a swinging jazz record but as a reminder that Kitt, who died in 2008 at the age of 81, should not be forgotten...Ms. Marie showed herself to be a worthy successor to Kitt as a singer, one who demands a bigger platform to showcase her skills. - Jim Fusilli 
 
JAZZWISE UK
This brilliant...homage to her idol Eartha Kitt finds the singer in dazzling form... 4 stars. 
 
ALL ABOUT JAZZ.com
Pure genius was the pairing of Marie and Kitt: artist and subject, kindred spirits.  
- C. Michael Bailey
  
TIME OUT NY
René Marie clearly remembers a time when jazz represented democracy in action, and she's done her best to rekindle that spirit-which hasn't kept this technically gifted, deeply funky singer from having a good time onstage. Expect to hear her purr seductively in this tribute to Eartha Kitt...
  
NEW YORK TIMES
A shrewdly brassy jazz singer who never shies from the power of drama, Ms. Marie takes on a worthy subject with her new album, "I Wanna Be Evil."
 
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TOURING
 
2013
12/22 - Landmark Theatre (w/ Jason Mraz, k.d. lang & others), Richmond, VA
 
2014
1/29 - Underground Student Activity Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2/18-22 - Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Moscow, ID
4/12-13 - South Miami Dade Center for the Arts, Miami, FL
4/17-21 - London Jazz Workshop & Festival, King's Place, London, UK
5/15-18 - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
5/22 - World Café Live, Wilmington, DE
5/23 - Westminster Canturbury, Richmond, VA
5/24 - The Kennedy Center - Mary Lou Williams Festival, Washington, DC
5/26 - Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC