The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 06.05.11

The Pace Report: "Songbird Found" The Gretchen Parlato Interview

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Vocalist Gretchen Parlato’s latest Obliqsound Records release The Lost and Found is a contemporary mix of jazz, soul, world, and popular music that is a reflection of this artist’s growth as a musician. Parlaro also features and plays with some of the most important jazz musicians on the scene including bassist/vocalist Alan Hampton, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, drummer Kendrick Scott, pianist Taylor Eigsti, and bassist Derrick Hodge. This time, Gretchen enlisted the talents of pianist and Grammy Award Nominated Robert Glasper as associate producer. The Lost and Found showcases the vocalist's songwriting skills and which includes her lyrics to the Wayne Shorter classic “Juju” al well as her other originals like “Winter Wind” and “How We Love.” But her collaborative efforts with Taylor Eigsti and Robert Glasper make this disc a both well-rounded and very impressive disc from Miss. Parlato. Gretchen was the first vocalist to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. She won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition in 2004. After completing her studies, she moved to New York City where she became a fixture in the jazz scene performing with the likes of Esperanza Spaulding, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, and Lionel Loueke. Currently Gretchen is embarking on a world tour. To order The Lost and Found or to find out her upcoming dates, visit her online atmoreless

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