Sami Stevens and Kazemde George – Jazz Vocals and Saxophone
August 9, 2021 – 7 PM at the Haley Pond Park Gazebo
NYC Vocalist Sami Stevens with Kazemde George combine Jazz, Experimental and classic RnB sensibilities to forge a truly unique sound in original music.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Sami has performed with world renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran and 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, recorded with eclectic Foetus composer J.G. Thirwell, “King of Treme” Shannon Powell, and underground legend Gary Wilson, opened for Grammy nominated folk singer Greg Brown and Black Star MC Talib Kweli, and collaborated with Simon Hanes of Gorilla Toss/Cloud Becomes Your Hand/Tredici Bacci and world champ drummer Thomas Pridgen. Her projects have been lauded by publications like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the New York Times.
Sami has toured the US, Europe, and Australia with various projects, appearing at NYC venues like the Cutting Room, Brooklyn Bowl, and National Sawdust, and at music festivals like Sydney Fest, SXSW and Meltasia. Stevens has led the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, performed numerous times in Boston’s Jordan Hall, and sung the national anthem in Fenway Park at age 16. Additionally, Sami acts as lead vocalist for in faux Italian 70’s soundtrack band Tredici Bacci (NNA Records), and prog soundtrack group Morricone Youth (Country Club Records).
Sami’s latest project is The Man I Love, formed in the summer of 2015. Incorporating elements of classic RnB, jazz, and singer-songwriter lyricism, Sami Stevens and The Man I Love plays music written by Stevens, arranged in collaboration with the band. The band released their first album And I’m Right (Leesta Vall Records) in Autumn of 2017 on vinyl.
“And I’m Right has the mark of maturity and that’s a rare thing to find these days…the lyrics often impress as well with She Is God and Child They Said Was Mine mixing together Phoebe Snow style lyrical intelligence with a concise emotional impact.” -Bluesbunny
Sami has studied privately with Dominique Eade, Kate McGarry, John McNeil, and Jeanie Lovetri. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of music with a BM in Vocal Jazz Performance and from Tufts University with a BA in Psychology in the fall of 2014. Sami grew up in East Winthrop, Maine, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.