Lydia Gray and Ed Eastridge: Cd Release Concert "Summer Samba"
NEW RELEASE OF ALBUM, "Summer Samba", with Ed Eastridge
"Summer Samba” incorporates a sensual Brazilian vibe to familiar songs by Carole King, Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach as well as other American and Brazilian Jazz classics, including Jobim, with a breezy, laid back style and intimate arrangements for which Lydia and Ed are known. In Concert, joined by Marcus Copening on the drums and Andy Bourke on the bass, the evening promises to delight the senses and relax the mind.
Lydia Gray sings American and Brazilian Jazz standards with a skill full of refinement and warmth which reveals a glimpse her distinguished entertainment lineage. Born in New York City to fifties singer, Betty Johnson (early Tonight show fame), she graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA from the Meadows School of the Arts professional training program. She is also the granddaughter of the founders of the celebrated Johnson Family Singers of Charlotte, NC as well as sister to the well known Spanish big band singer, Elisabeth Gray.
Ms. Gray made her Professional Solo debut in NYC at Danny's Skylight Room in June 1995. As a result of this show, Ms. Gray was nominated for a 1996 MAC awards for Female New York debut. She went on to delight audiences at the famous Algonquin's Oak Room and the Cafe Pierre in New York, as well as many other venues throughout the United States and the Caribbean.
Ms. Gray now joins guitarist Ed Eastridge in a style that gracefully blends a modern sound into classic popular standards. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her family and performs throughout New England with Mr. Eastridge. Ms. Gray has also performed with the new world Jazz/Brazilian pop band " Tambor " which debuted at the Vermont Jazz festival in 2004.
As well as being featured on several of her mother's recordings, Ms. Gray is thrilled to have two critically acclaimed solo albums, Brazilian Breezes...mostly Jobim, with Ed Eastridge , and IN MY EYES.
Ed Eastridge - classical and jazz guitarist
As an award winning recording engineer and producer Mr. Eastridge has worked for hundreds of the worlds premiere artists including Sheryl Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Richard Thompson, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt and many others. He has enjoyed working with Lydia Gray, and her mom, Betty Johnson, for the last 16 years.
His close collaboration with the late guitar legend Danny Gatton has been a source of material for several major releases and anthologies. He continues to work on recordings for Danny Gatton's estate.
Mr. Eastridge presently lives in Vermont where he performs with his wife, singer Dixie Eastridge and teaches guitar.
BRAZILIAN BREEZES...Mostly Jobim
"Betty's daughter Lydia Gray has musical wisdom in her blood - a heritage that comes shining through in Bazilian Breezes. With respectful delight, Lydia Gray and Ed Eastridge handle Antonio Carlos Jobim's masterful songs (and several others) very carefully. Each recording is crafted, arranged, recorded, mastered, and produced beautifully to make this a must-have CD for any music lover's collection. By teaming up with Ed Eastridge, Lydia Gray creates musical magic. Just a spectacular debut solo effort."
"This CD is bursting with beautiful music and sung with a style and grace not often seen in todays' generation." Martin Shaeffer, Back Stage "Lydia Gray sings American and Brazilian Jazz Standards with a skill full of refinement and warmth, which reveals a glimpse of her distinguished entertainment lineage." - Jack Lebo, American Rag "Like Mother, Betty Johnson, daughter Lydia Gray sings with warmth and taste the great American Popular standards." - Stan Martin, WQED, NYC
In My Eyes
Lydia Gray brings an intimate setting to the covers of pop tunes from the 60's through the 90's with a crystal clear voice and warm instrumentation using guitar, drums and cello. Although from a jazz heritage (her Mom is Betty Johnson of Tonight Show fame) in this CD, Ms. Gray infuses this jazz sensibility and modern sound in a Diana Krall/Norah Jones approach - minimal arrangements and mellow vocals.
Hailing from such a talented musical family, Lydia Gray's recording of popular hits entitled "In My Eyes" reflects multi-generational influences. Her pitch is fantastic, accompaniment light and airy, and her interpretations right-on! We think Gray captures the feeling and hidden meaning in this excellent collection modern hits. If you enjoy Norah Jones, then you'll enjoy this CD. Lydia's sultry vocals are stand-out in "I Love Him," along with fantastic flute in this number and on "Red Rain." For the brilliant "sadness" of the guitar and cello, plus Lydia's sweet vocal rendition, our pick is "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word." All there is left to say, "Hurry, don't wait another day until you check out Lydia's beautiful vocals on these memorable songs."
-Terri and the RadioIndy Team
Each of these songs represent something of my past, present, and future the way I picture it! Perhaps you will remember when and where you were when you first heard these songs, or perhaps one is an anthem to a time in your life that has come and gone, but the music can help you remember - music is the essence - thank you dear friends and to all who help pick these songs by coming into my life.
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