Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils

Town Hall Theater

Friday, October 13 7:30pm

Advance Tickets $27 (Includes $2 ticketing fee)
Walk-up tickets $32

We would like to thank Jazz Middlebury for sponsoring this event

Friday, October 13
7:30pm

Tickets $27 in advance

$32 at the door

 

“She purrs, she roars, her voice subtle then huge, nuanced then powerful, her phrasing always exact.”

— Wyn Cooper, Poet and Songwriter 

Artist, Performer, Educator

During her career as a performer and recording artist, Samirah has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the citys most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years.

Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a run of 15 consecutive appearances, either as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitinas and the House of Blues.

Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Michael Franks, Poncho Sanchez, Katie Webster, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Duke Robillard, Levon Helm, Jaimoe (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger.

The New Orleans Times Picayune named Evansdebut CD, Give Me a Moment, the fifth best new release of 2002. She has recorded two other full-length CDs as a leader, My Little Bodhisattva (2007) and Hot Club: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center (2009), in addition to several downloadable singles. She has also appeared as a featured or supporting vocalist on other artists recordings in New Orleans and New England.

Evans dedicates time to perpetuating American Jazz and blues music. She is currently an Artist Associate in Jazz Voice at Williams College, and offers vocal instruction from her home studio. She founded the Ladies in Jazz” series to highlight collaborations between female singers and musicians, and the Sams Sunday Set and Shed” musical mentoring program to spotlight artist-protege relationships in the region. In New Orleans, Evans participated in the Blues Schoolhouse program and was a radio programmer on New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation radio station WWOZ for over ten years.

Hurricane Katrina caused Samirah to relocate to her husbands hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. She established and toured with her band Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils performing in venues and festivals throughout the northeast, and collaborates on projects fronting a number of New England Artists.

So don’t miss your chance to see Samirah and Her Handsome Devils as they come to the THT main stage on Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm! We would like to thank Jazz Middlebury for helping to sponsor this event.

“Samirah Evans is a skilled, energetic vocalist who fosters a magnetically charged relationship with her numerous fans. Perhaps that’s because she puts so much of herself into her art ~ she makes each song her own by probing its essence and then imbuing its with her own, authentic, heart-felt personality.”

          — Eugene Uman, Vermont Jazz Center Artistic Director 

Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant St

Middlebury, VT 05753

Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils

    Tickets $27

    $32 at the door

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