Samara Joy | SFJAZZ 2023-24 Season
Samara Joy
GRAMMY-Winning Singer

Samara Joy

MAY 16-19 | SAMARA JOY

May 16 - May 19, 2024
Miner Auditorium
ThuMay 16
7:30 PM

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FriMay 17
7:30 PM

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SatMay 18

Members Only

7:30 PM

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SunMay 19
7:00 PM

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Still in her early 20s, Samara Joy is already setting the music world ablaze. Her 2022 Verve Records debut Linger Awhile earned her two well-deserved GRAMMY wins, for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best New Artist — the first time a jazz musician has won the prestigious newcomer’s award since Esperanza Spalding over a decade ago.

Hailing from a family of musicians in the Bronx with roots in gospel, Joy began her journey with jazz at age 17, winning Best Vocalist honors at Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington” competition. Within two years she was a star student of piano legend Barry Harris and bowled over a panel including Christian McBride, Jane Monheit, and Dee Dee Bridgewater to win the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Since then, Joy’s profile has risen exponentially through the release of her self-titled debut in 2021 and winning Best New Artist in 2021’s JazzTimes Critics Poll. She has introduced legions of young fans to the Great American Songbook through her TikTok account and released Linger Awhile to rapturous acclaim.

It’s not an accident that Joy was signed to Verve Records — the label built specifically around Ella Fitzgerald — since the young singer is clearly on the path to continue the tradition of the First Lady of Song and conquer new worlds along the way.

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Still in her early 20s, singer Samara Joy won the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and her Verve debut Linger Awhile earned her two GRAMMY nominations including Best New Artist.

A classic jazz singer from a new generation

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A classic jazz singer from a new generation

NPR on samara joy

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Samara Joy

Can't Get Out of This Mood

Samara Joy

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Samara Joy

Can't Get Out of This Mood

Samara Joy

Misty

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