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“Petite Fleur” Adonis Rose & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s NOJO 7 featuring Cyrille Aimée

January 15, 2022

“Petite Fleur” Adonis Rose & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s NOJO 7 featuring Cyrille Aimée
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About “Petite Fleur”

This collaboration tells the love story, musical connection, and history between France and the city of New Orleans. A new album was recorded late last year and is currently being mixed and mastered and is being released via Storyville Summer/Early Fall 2021.

Cyrille Aimée & Adonis Rose-Performing at the Tucson Jazz Festival-January 15, 2022-Fox Theatre

Cyrille Aimée

Improvisation is not just a technique for vocalist Cyrille Aimée. It’s a way of life, one that has not only allowed her to share her engaging voice and sparkling creativity with the world but has led her on an unexpected journey. By opening herself to the whim of the moment, Aimée has ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at some of 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 hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” and called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by the New York Times.


Growing up in the town of Samois-sur-Seine in France, Amiée would sneak out of her bedroom window to join the gypsy caravans gathered for the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. Those experiences exposed Aimée not just to the joys of gypsy jazz but to the gypsies’ spontaneous, nomadic, music-filled way of life. She would carry that spirit to the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won the 2007 vocal competition and recorded her debut album with the prize money. It was the first of many such accolades, including winning the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and becoming a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition as well as the TV5MONDE series Talent Acoustic.


In 2014 Aimée made her major label debut with It’s A Good Day (Mack Avenue), featuring an innovative two-guitar band that returned for 2016’s highly acclaimed Let’s Get Lost. As an actress, Aimée was hand-picked by musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim to star alongside Bernadette Peters in a tribute performance backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She shares her story to audiences and students alike, being invited to present a TEDx talk and to address the Conference on World Affairs and teaching master classes for aspiring musicians, emphasizing an aware and spontaneous life over technique and rote repetition.

Adonis Rose w/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)-Performing at the Tucson Jazz Festival-January 15, 2022-Fox Theatre

Adonis Rose & NOJO

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) was formed in 2002 and was designed to celebrate and fortify the American Jazz portfolio while providing infrastructure for developing the New Orleans Jazz industry. Led by Artistic Director Adonis Rose, this 18-piece big band has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of Jazz as the grandfather of all modern American music. As such, the band and its members are true Ambassadors of American Music. The members of the orchestra span several generations and have over one hundred years of combined professional experience. They have performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of artists across all genres. NOJO has headlined all of America’s major performing arts venues and clubs and produced the first local, ticketed Jazz Concert Series in New Orleans’ history. NOJO’s album, BOOK ONE released on World Village (Harmonia Mundi) won the 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble.” Their album that followed, Dee Dee’s Feather’s, was released in 2015, and features Grammy and Tony award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

On their latest release, Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint (Storyville 2019), NOJO takes a look into the mind and music of New Orleans’ piano legend Allen Toussaint, whose music has influenced generations spanning more than fifty years. In their inimitable swinging style, the Orchestra performs original Big Band arrangements of Toussaint’ greatest hits including “Southern Nights,” “With You In Mind,” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Java,” and “Working in the CoalMine.” The recording features Dee Dee Bridgewater and several other special guests.


Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band- Performing at the Tucson Jazz Festival-January 15, 2022-Fox Theatre

Opening Band:  Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band

At the Tucson Jazz Institute, our mission is to create educational and performance opportunities for young musicians to reach their highest potential. Jazz ensembles at TJI are taught by seasoned educators with the highest standard of musical excellence and a proven track record of success in developing young talent. The TJI Elllington Big Band and the TJI Concord Combo have established themselves as two of the leading high school jazz groups in the country, earning recognition from Downbeat Magazine and winning the #1 positions in national competitions such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in NYC, The Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey CA, and the Fullerton Jazz Festival in Fullerton CA.

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January 15
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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