May 15th, 2020 7pm Stage 3
From velvety softness to sultry blues, vocalist Dheepa Chari plumbs the depths of human emotion. The New York City based singer has graced the East Coast jazz scene with her dazzling versatility and range, and has already has corralled praise from some of the genre’s guiding lights such as All About Jazz, Jazz Corner, and Jazz Times. She is frequently performs at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC in addition to other venues across the US such as House of Blues in LA and Twins in DC.
Chari’s creative development has revealed astounding growth, from the gripping renditions of standards on her 2010 debut EP, On 4th Street, to her jazzy makeover of Depeche Mode’s synth-pop classic “World in My Eyes” on her first full-length album, Some New Fashion. Chari’s fluid, compelling delivery transcends time and musical styles. Her latest album, Patchwork, was released in May 2015 and developed with pianist Lars Potteiger and producer Aaron Nevezie. This record beautifully showcases innovative and original jazz compositions and arrangements encompassing various musical genres.
Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday, Chari began singing at the age of five. Her grandmother was a professional Hindustani singer in India so music has always been a significant aspect of her life. After placing in a number of regional competitions in her native Dallas, TX, she began taking voice lessons in Indian and western classical music. After high school, she studied vocal performance at Southern Methodist University and later joined a number of singing groups in New York. When Chari relocated to LA and then New York, her transition into jazz suddenly bloomed.
She has already acquired a number of critical raves from the jazz community: “She is a smooth operator…seducing ears with lovingly crafted melodies,” Jazz Times wrote. “She sings with the incandescent flow of a waterfall,” described Jazz Corner. While All About Jazz called Some New Fashion “a spellbinding effort.”