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MANDY KEMP @ Feinstein’s at Vitello’s
August 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20.00
With Special Guests Gretje Angell, Alexis Gach, & Jesse Palter
A follow-up to her March 2019 “Firecracker” Album Release Concert at Vitello’s, up-and-coming jazz vocalist Mandy Kemp’s “Firecracker Jazz” show will feature a mix of standards and crossover pop tunes, all uniquely uplifted by her genre-bending arrangements, soulful delivery, and “firecracker” stage presence. She’ll be joined by a trio of some of the jazz community’s preeminent players: Andy Langham (piano), Jonathan Flaugher (bass), and Rick Montalbano (drums). The show will feature guest appearances by some fellow “firecrackers”, vocalists Gretje Angell, Alexis Gach, and Jesse Palter. Kemp will also be previewing an exciting new tribute project with guitarist Matt Hornbeck. Don’t miss this dazzling display of talent on the Feinstein’s stage!
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Although she received training accolades in multiple genres of music through her teenage years, Kemp abandoned plans for a career in the arts at 18, choosing instead to pursue what she felt to be a more “practical” career in corporate marketing. 17 years later, unsatisfied by life in the corporate world, she decided to revisit the creative “path-not-taken” and moved to Los Angeles to build a new career in the music industry. As she began to forge her new career in the Los Angeles music scene, Kemp discovered a passion for one of the few genres she had not yet explored: Jazz. She sought training from some of the artists she most admired, including lauded Seattle vocalist Greta Matassa and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. In early 2019, Kemp released her debut EP, “Firecracker”, produced by Monheit. The recording was enthusiastically received by fans and press alike, with Jazz Corner calling it “captivating and stunning” and Ink19 declaring it, “a fresh and upbeat record, with lovely arrangements that highlight the appeal of her voice.” “Firecracker” is now available for streaming and download on all major digital music platforms, and Kemp can be seen performing regularly in L.A. and beyond. For more on her appearances, music, and latest projects, visit www.mandykemp.com
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“Some jazz vocalists aim to entertain the audience, while others aim to connect with people on a much deeper level. Kemp certainly belongs to the latter category with her stunning voice and lush overtones.” – Ink19
“Mandy Kemp sounds so at home on her jazz EP, “Firecracker”, that it is surprising that it took her so long to discover jazz.” – Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
“Mandy Kemp showed off her “Firecracker” personality… charming, savvy, and sweetly sizzling on the vocals.” – Sheryl Aronson, Schmooze Jazz Magazine