When Irene Jalenti’s sultry voice meets the warm dexterity of pianist Joshua Espinoza the result is mesmerizing and takes the listener to an exciting and emotional journey that’s hard to forget.
“Chromatic Vibrations” is a fresh and unexpected project where the jazz tradition is combined with a forward vision of modern music presented with original compositions and unique arrangements of standards and Latin American music.
Irene Jalenti's deep voice and unique sound are rooted in Italy. She has traveled and performed for over 15 years throughout Europe and the United States. Jalenti earned an Undergraduate degree in Jazz performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Master degree in Jazz Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC. She sings with multi-award winning a cappella jazz ensemble Afro Blue. She has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Patti Austin, the Count Basie Big Band, Yolanda Adams, to name some. Irene has also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater of New York and even the White House for former Presider Barack Obama.
"It's rare to find an Italian jazz singer (like the outstanding Irene Jalenti) who's able to convey with such strength and intensity." [Angelo Leonardi, All About Jazz Italia]
"(She adds) an extraordinary, heartbreaking sheen to the instruments - an inspiring touch." [Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine]
"Jalenti is strong and individual and (colors with) some very striking vocals." [Donald Elfman, New York City Records}
With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define. Recently, Joshua has performed alongside such notable artists as Warren Wolf, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Paul Bollenback, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Brian Settles, Todd Marcus, and Chuck Redd. A finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, his playing has been heard on stages large and small including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Festival.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID