Rachelle Ferrell

Although her recordings are few and far between (the last was 2002's Live at Montreux), multi-talented Rachelle Ferrell is a spectacular, show-stopping vocalist who scampers around more than six octaves, shooting sparks all the way. A violinist, pianist, and composer in addition to her singing, Ferrell shifts between jazz and contemporary R&B/pop, so much so that she was once signed to a rare dual-label (Blue Note/Capitol) contract. Still, the influence of one inevitably bleeds into the other, while gospel is the bedrock of both. With her idiosyncratic phrasing, inventive array of vocalizations, and free improvisations, Ferrell can almost literally take her voice anywhere, knocking out jazz standards like "Autumn Leaves" as well as stuff in the pop realm, her duet with Will Downing on "Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This" being among her highest-profile moments. $45 at 7 p.m.; $35 at 9 p.m. (Photo by Ronald Clarke)
Sun., March 20, 2011

 
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