The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA Class of 2020 (from left to right): Emma Dayhuff, Paul CoThe Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA Class of 2020 (from left to right): Emma Dayhuff, Paul Cornish, Aidan Lombard, Lenard Simpson, Chris Lewis, Roni Eytan and Malachi Whitson (Photo Credit: Reed Hutchinson / Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz)rnish, Aidan Lombard, Lenard Simpson, Chris Lewis, Roni Eytan and Malachi Whitson (Photo Credit: Reed Hutchinson / Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz
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"Her voice is a conflux where hope, sensuality and tragedy all merge...
the most original jazz singer in a generation.
- Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
"Gretchen Parlato is a singer-arranger of consummate control and slow- burning intensity... lives at the crossroads of sensuous and spiritual, singing from deep within hypnotic grooves with enormous rhythmic sophistication."
- Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine
"Parlato is utterly beguiling on 'The Lost and Found.' …She has (a) singular ear for rhythm and phrasing, texture and subtlety."
"the emblematic jazz vocalist of her generation, and perhaps the most visionary. "
...mastery of rhythm, emotional depth, subtlety, and the kind of precise technical craft where even the breathing sounds matter."
- Michael J. West, Washington City Paper
"Parlato at her most vulnerable and conversely, at her most free."
- DC Jazz Music Examiner
"...transfixing...she fashions a mellow, drifting sound informed by Brazil and Wayne Shorter and organic R&B."
- The New York Times
"75 years ago, nobody sang like Billie Holiday -
today, nobody sings like Gretchen Parlato"
- Wilbert Sostre, All About Jazz
Kyle Athayde is a San Francisco Bay Area based composer, arranger, performer, teacher, and bandleader. A native of Orinda, California, Kyle primarily plays vibraphone, piano, trumpet, and drums, as well as bongo, congas, timbales, string bass, bass clarinet, sousaphone, and vocal percussion. He is the leader, conductor, and principal writer for the San Francisco/New York based big band, "Kyle Athayde Dance Party", a group acclaimed for its versatility in the wide scope of styles it performs. He is also a keyboard, trumpet, and percussion player for the Bay Area collective “Jazz Mafia”, and is the pianist for The New York Trumpet Ensemble.
Kyle will be the 2020 All Alaska Jazz Band Director.
Kyle Athayde Dance Party
Institute of Performance
I started playing the piano in earnest at age four by learning "Alley Cat" and "The Pink Panther". Been a fan of Henry Mancini ever since.
Started composing at age ten. McCoy and Chopin, Chick and Lizst, Herbie and Bach. Figured out I could speed things up and skipped the last year of high school upon acceptance at the university in composition.
Funny how as I get older, I wish I could slow things down.