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Ruthie Foster

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THREE-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE RUTHIE FOSTER BRINGS HER BIG BAND — LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT, COMING MAY 15
Featuring arrangements by Miles Davis alum John Beasley and bandleader John Miller, Foster’s latest evokes Sinatra, Ellington, Ella and other swing-era greats on collection of favorite originals and dynamic covers.
For nearly 25 years, Foster has moved us with her powerful blues, soul and gospel vocals and eloquent songwriting, which have earned her accolades including three consecutive Grammy nominations and nine Blues Music Awards, but Foster has harbored a hankering to further explore the big band facet of her talent. Foster joyfully scats and semi-adlibs her way through "Mack The Knife", she invokes both Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — simultaneously — and name-drops the man who made it a No. 1 hit: Bobby Darin. By the time she delivers her encores, Foster has already dazzled the crowd with several originals and striking covers charted by celebrated arranger John Beasley .“Brand New Day.” opens with a ring-shout and swells into full gospel blues, then bursts into a New Orleans strut. She heads toward Memphis for the easy soul of her co-write with William Bell, “It Might Not Be Right,” then sets up her next one with the line, “This is not your grandfather’s ‘Ring of Fire.’”

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