Jazz and Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
Friday, April 18th
8:00 PM / $15
“Breathtakingly original.” – Boston Globe
New York vocalist Kendra Shank and Portland, Oregon guitarist John Stowell have been having musical conversations for over two decades, resulting in a deep synergy. Their highly personal and interactive sound infuses a mix of modern jazz originals, reimagined standards, bossa novas, folk songs, and free improvisations. Moods range from syncopated swing to mixed meter jaunts, intimate tender ballads, and the evocatively experimental. Stowell plays pianistic chords and rich unexpected harmonies on a colorful array of guitars: electric, steel string acoustic, nylon acoustic, and fretless. In addition to her compelling interpretations of lyrics, Shank improvises multi-layered wordless collages using an electronic looper and other effects, functioning as an instrumentalist in organic interplay with Stowell. The duo stops at Vitello’s on a tour celebrating their new album, New York Conversations, which sprang from an impromptu Manhattan recording session and captures the playful immediacy of music created in the moment.