The Collective is thrilled to be hosting Yale alumnus M’Balia Singley (SY’94), as our festival opening headliner on Saturday, April 22.
Concert starts at 2pm with a pre-show discussion at 1pm. All Jazz Festival events are free and open to the public. This event will be taking place at the Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Lecture Hall at the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St., New Haven, CT).
M’Balia is a singer who approaches jazz standards with a “fiercely individualistic style and a generous dollop of gospel grounding,” and an “ace” songwriter with a caustic wit and piquant attitude born of lived experience. Her infectious bluesy vocals have been likened to those of Cécile McLorin Salvant, and her list of collaborators includes renowned artists such as John Legend and Orrin Evans. She will bring her powerful and unique artistry to the stage alongside her longtime pianist Sarah Slonim, who she performs with bimonthly at Smalls, NYC. Before her performance she will be leading a discussion and Q&A about her time studying at Yale and her illustrious artistic journey since then.
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The Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective seeks to promote a community of music education on Yale’s campus and in New Haven. We serve as the hub of Yale’s jazz community by organizing concerts, talks, and events throughout the year, lobbying for a formal jazz curriculum at Yale, and of course, by hosting our fast-growing annual Jazz Festival.