Irene Jalenti & Alan Blackman
October 2 | 3:30-4:15pm
Tickets | $25
This program will take place indoors.
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About the Artists
Irene Jalenti's deep voice and unique sound are rooted in Italy. She has traveled and performed for over 20 years throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia.
Jalenti earned a bachelor degree in Jazz Performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music and a masters degree in Jazz Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC.
She sings with multi-award winning a cappella jazz ensemble Afro Blue.
She has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Patti Austin, the Count Basie Orchestra, Yolanda Adams, to name some. Irene has also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater of New York, and even the White House for former President Barack Obama.
With her smoky, cello-like tone, multilingual repertoire, and Mediterranean-meets-the-Caribbean sensibility, Irene Jalenti possesses a sound that brings to mind international stars like Maria Bethânia, Mercedes Sosa, and Beth Carvalho as much as Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson.
As at least a third-generation musician, music is both a birthright and a family calling for Jalenti. It’s a lineage that includes her paternal grandparents, several uncles, and her cousin Francesco Jalenti, a gifted jazz and classical guitarist who performed widely around Italy.
Even as an adolescent Jalenti possessed a conspicuously low singing voice, and discovering Nina Simone made her feel even more at home in jazz. But it was participating in the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinic that inspired an epiphany that music could be a profession as well as a passion.
She continued her studies at Siena Jazz and connected with some French jazz musicians, which led to regular visits to Paris.
Jalenti made two extended trips to New York before earning a full scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in 2010. She went on to earn a Master’s in jazz studies at Howard University, where she worked closely with Connaitre Miller. Miller encouraged her to focus on composing, which became a vehicle for integrating Jalenti’s various musical interests.
Irene is releasing her debut record, Dawn on October 29th. The album is a collection of original songs, original arrangements or jazz and non-jazz tunes, with a fusion of Latin American influences from Brazil and Argentina. Dawn features special guests Warren Wolf and Sean Jones.