Born: August 10, 1984 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Cyrille Aimée has consistently proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.
Cyrille mastered the art of improvisation while studying at the well known conservatory of jazz at SUNY Purchase, with teachers such as Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Greene.
Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition of 2010, performing in front of a jury of Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater... In 2007, Cyrille won both the first and public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition.
Cyrille's discography and musical history is an impressive list for any musician, jazz or otherwise. At the young age of 26, she has already released three CDs internationally, including Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band and Smile with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo currently on iTunes. The Japanese label Venus Records has just released Cyrille and Diego’s latest duo album “Just the Two of us” this past November.
Cyrille Aimée has been featured on compilations, feature film soundtracks across the globe and on the albums of Denis Chang and David Reinhardt. She fronted France's latest worldwide sensation 'Caravan Palace' on their European tour and performed in front of crowds that number over 10,000 people.
Cyrille currently lives in Brooklyn and regularly performs in Manhattan with legends of the East Coast jazz scene. She can be found any given day in the historic jazz clubs of NYC, including Joe’s Pub and Dizzy's Club, with musicians like Steve Davis, Spike Wilner, Tom Kennedy and Anat Cohen among many others.
Her latest record “Cyrille Aimée & friends Live at Smalls” features Roy Hargrove and Joel Frahm and is released under the label SmallsLIVE.
Awards:October 2010: Finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Voice Competition. July 2007: Winner of the first prize and the special public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition.
“Twenty-six-year-old Cyrille Aimée, with a voice like fine whiskey -- oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness -- sang in a kind of intimate communion with one raised hand, held before her face, in the stream of her singing, like a trumpet mute, as if to physically shape the sound.” The Washington Post
She exudes self-confidence, individuality, great musicality, and a fresh, captivating voice. Cyrille understands communicating with the musicians, as well as the audience. Her arranging capabilities show a maturity beyond her years. I believe in the wonderful, refreshing talents of this young vocalist, and know in my heart that Cyrille is a rising vocalist/musician. Dee Dee Bridgewater
Cyrille Aimee is a rare talent, a vocalist that fills your heart, always swings and tells a compelling story. She also improvises with a depth of understanding far beyond her years. Playing with her has always been a joy for me. Like the very best jazz musicians, she raises the energy of everyone around her. She is not to be missed. Joel Frahm
Listening to Cyrille almost becomes a sin, her interpretations offer an incomparable delight. El Caribe, Dominican Republic
A sublime voice spontaneously built in the heart of the gypsy world. La République, France
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo
Tracks: Sunny days; Tea for two; Samois a moi; Willow weep for me; Just the two of us; Invitation; Midnight sun; Morena de boca de oro; Je suis seule ce soir; Dos gardenias; Paper moon; Samba em preludio.
Personnel: Cyrille Aimée: vocals; Diego Figueiredo: guitar.
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo
Tracks: We'll be together again; Chega de saudade; Que reste-t'il; Good morning Cowboy; A felicidade; A night in Tunisia; La vie en rose; Journey of life; Dindi; Yardbird Suite; Smile; Old devil moon.
Personnel: Cyrille Aimée: vocals; Diego Figueiredo: accoustic guitar.
Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band
Tracks: This can't be love; The more I see you; I'll remember April; As long as you're living; How deep is the ocean; Indifference; Que pasa; Sunny; I'm through with love; Sometimes I'm happy; Twenty eight.
Personnel: Cyrille Aimée: vocals; Dylan Canterburry: trumpet; Matt Simons: saxophone; Assaf Gleizner: piano; Spencer Murphy: bass; Dan McGuinness: drums.
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