Beirut Jazz Festival 2010: RANDY CRAWFORD PLUS JOE SAMPLE TRIO

For more than three decades, Randy Crawford has traversed a musical spectrum that ranges from jazz and soul, to R&B and pop. Her warm timbre and inventive, emotional phrasing has won Crawford countless fans around the globe.

Following a brief career break, Crawford experienced a sensational comeback with 1995′s Bluemoon debut, “Naked And True,” which became her third most successful long-player, selling 250,000 copies in America alone, and more than half a million worldwide. The album yielded the multi-format smash, “Give Me The Night,” which went to #1 at Smooth Jazz/NAC radio, as well as landing in the Urban AC Top 10.

Born in Macon, Georgia, Randy Crawford was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she discovered her exceptional talent singing in her church choir. By the age of 15, the young singer was performing on the American and European club circuit, with her father as chaperone.
At the age of 20, Crawford released her first single, “If You Say The Word,” and by the following year, she had already shared stages with the likes of such legendary jazz artists as Cannonball Adderly,George Benson, and Quincy Jones.

Her first album, “Everything Must Change,” was released in 1976, and in 1978, Crawford made her debut on the international charts serving as guest vocalist on the Crusaders’ hit “Street Life” (which is heard on the soundtrack to the Quentin Tarantino film, “Jackie Brown”).

Smooth ballads such as 1980′s “One Day I’ll Fly Away” became Crawford’s trademark, though albums like 1981′s “Secret Combination” and 1983′s “Nightline” saw the singer delving into funkier, more up-tempo terrain. Her 1990 collection, “Rich And Poor,” included a hit cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” that also appeared on the soundtrack to the film “Lethal Weapon 2.”

As a performer, Randy Crawford has toured the globe, making appearances at Europe’s most distinguished jazz fests including Montreaux, the North Sea, Istanbul, and Stuttgart, where she joined luminaries like Al Jarreau, Joe Sample and Ray Charles.

In addition, the singer has performed at a number of prestigious concerts, including the United Nations benefit concert in Croatia, a pair of sold-out shows with the London Symphony Orchestra, a UNICEF performance in Den Haag for the late Audrey Hepburn, and 1991′s Vatican Christmas concert before Pope John Paul II. A special benefit show in South Africa saw Crawford performing for and later, dining with Nelson Mandela, while the singer’s 1990 collaboration with Italian superstar Zucchero led to a historic appearance together at the Kremlin.

“Every Kind Of Mood: Randy, Randi, Randee” demonstrates her incredible longevity and ongoing growth as an artist. Randy Crawford is very clearly intent on continuing to do what she does best: giving life to song.

“I always want to associate myself with any piece of music that feels good and sounds good,” says the singer. “And a good song can come from anywhere.”

“I hope I will always sing,” Randy Crawford adds, smiling. “I don’t want to do anything else.”

Hit songs include:

  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Wishing On A Star – Wrap-U-Up – I Don’t Feel Much Like Crying
  • Give Me The Night – Nightline – Who’s Crying Now – Same Old Story (Same Old Song) – Give My The Night – Cigarette In The Rain – One Hello – Can’t Stand The Pain – When I Lose My Way
  • Cajun Moon – Last Dance at Danceland – Look Who’s Lonely Now – Secret Combination
  • A Lot That You Can Do – Desire

October 16th, 2010

Beirut Souks

Prices: 60.000 (standing), 75.000, 100.000, 125.000 & 150.000 LBP

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