Of Greek and African origin, and born in France, Elisabeth Kontomanou has worked with many musicians in both Europe and America, including Sam Newsome, Leon Parker, Michel Legrand, Mike Stern, Alain Jean-Marie. She first gained recognition at the ‘Concours de La Défense’ and has since been nominated for a Django d’Or Award, following her album ‘Embrace’ released on Steeple Chase in 1999. Acclaimed by the critics for her two latest recordings, she was awarded the ‘Vocal Jazz Award’ of the Victoires du Jazz in 2006. Since then, prefering an intimate style to an extrovert one, and depth to superficial effects, she has performed widely in the most prestigious venues across many continents, such as the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory and the Supper Club...
AwardsThe Steeplechase album Hands and Incarnation brought her a nomination for the 1999 Django d'Or . After working with various bands (including a sextet with JD Allen and Sam Newsome ) in 2004, she founded a duo with the percussionist Ari Hoenig . In 2006 she became the best jazz vocalist of the year ( Les Victoires du Jazz ). Elisabeth moved to Sweden where she released Back to My Groove in 2007, an album that featured many of her long-time collaborators, such as Parker, Newsome, Sewell and Allen. The album also featured John Scofield and TWO of Elisabeth's sons, Donald Kontomanou Gustav Karlström.
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