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RENE MARIE - GMF Tuscany International Workshop and Jazz Festival 2014 - JAZZ IN THE CASTLE

Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo Alto, Tuscany
22:30, 07 August 2014

Piazzetta del Vicariato, 1, Certaldo Alto (Fi)

René Marie, vocals
Bruce Barth, piano
Arnie Somogyi, bass
Stephen Keogh, drums
Perico Sambeat, alto

Rene Marie and the Bruce Barth Trio

Special guest Perico Sambeat

René Marie, the multi - award winning American singer incorporates jazz, soul, blues and gospel in her singing style. She has quickly become a heroine to many; a woman of great strength, exuding stamina and compassion.

Unmistakably honest and unpretentious, she has drawn a legion of fans worldwide with her powerful interpretations, electrifying deliveries and impassioned vocals. It is hard to believe that René didn’t sing professionally until after she turned 40.
But in fact, the Virginia native, married at 18, mother of two by 23 only occasionally sang in public while she was focused on
raising a family.

In 1996 René’s son urged her to take the plunge to pursue a career.

What followed was a whirlwind of success and great critical acclaim rarely seen
in the jazz world, from The LA Times to the Washington Post, from the Miami Herald to the Chicago Tribune.

She has received many awards throughout her sparkling career to date including Best International Jazz Vocalist by the Academie Du Jazz (Paris) – Best Vocalist Rising Star Category Downbeat Critics Poll 2012, and has graced the Billboard Charts multiple times, propelling her to headliner status at major festivals in the US & abroad.


Bruce Barth is without doubt one of the great jazz pianists of our time. He has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Tony Bennett, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Luciana Souza, and David Sanchez. During his time spent as a member of the Terence Blanchard Quintet; the band toured extensively, and also recorded six CDs, as well as several movie soundtracks. In 1992, Bruce played piano on-screen in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.

His performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions. He is joined tonight by  his long time musical collaborators Arnie Somogyi and Stephen Keogh on bass and drums respectively.



RENE MARIE - GMF Tuscany International Workshop and Jazz Festival 2014 - JAZZ IN THE CASTLE