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Improvisation is not just a technique for Cyrille Aimée, it’s a way of life. The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by the New York Times. Among countless accolades, Aimée won the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Her most recent album, LIVE, is the closing chapter of her years of touring with her innovative two-guitar line-up. As an actress, Aimée co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a Stephen Sondheim tribute at New York’s City Center. This has inspired her into digging deeper in the Sondheim repertoire for her next project. She’s shared her story via master classes, a TEDx talk, and an address at the Conference on World Affairs. 

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Astonishingly creative....with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.
— Wall Street Journal
 
Ms. Aimée’s other unmistakable trademark is a penchant for sonic playfulness. A good point of comparison might be Ella Fitzgerald…
— Wall Street Journal

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“As always, Aimée’s buoyant blend of Gallic charm, irrepressible joie de vivre and Gypsy-inspired verve is in full evidence, as are her impressive scat skills.” - Jazz Times

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"A fabulous recording all of the way around.” - All About Jazz

 

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",,,a voice like fine whiskey — oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness" - Washington Post

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“A rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” - New York Times

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