Kandace Springs | SFJAZZ

Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs

 
Kandace Springs

Friday, September 15, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Kandace Springs
Soul Eyes Series: New Projects, New Sounds  

Kandace Springs

Nashville isn’t usually thought of as an incubator of jazz talent, but Music City boasts significant and creatively charged under-the-radar scene. Exhibit A is the stunning soul jazz singer Kandace Springs, a songwriter and pianist who released a startlingly beautiful 2016 debut album on Blue Note, Soul Eyes, which was produced by GRAMMY-winning studio wizard Larry Klein (whose credits include albums by Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, and Herbie Hancock). Springs first gained national attention with her 2014 self-titled EP, a hip-hop inflected project that led to performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals, and an invitation to perform with Prince at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. While elated by these opportunities, she started rethinking her musical direction and gravitated toward the jazz and soul-based sounds of her Nashville upbringing. Working with Klein, she honed a set of transparently textured songs featuring her lustrous voice and deft piano accompanied by heavyweight players such as Terence Blanchard, guitarist Dean Parks, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. A strikingly protean talent, Springs is making gorgeous music as she finds her way.

Artist Website

"Mentored by Prince, the Nashville-born Springs studied the greats-Ella, Billie, Nina-but has emerged with a unique pop-jazz sound that owes no debts " — JazzTimes
"She has a rare ability that can’t be taught – to sound like an old soul, just doing what comes naturally " — The Guardian