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Performing Arts at MoCA: Stella Cole (Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist)

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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To watch Stella Katherine Cole perform is to be transported back in time. Her voice, personality, and presence all shine with a timeless quality, as if she’s been plucked straight out of an old MGM movie. The joy she derives from the music of the Great American Songbook is irresistible. Spend a few minutes scrolling through the thousands of comments on her viral singing videos, and you’ll see she has people of all ages falling in love with this music.

On her highly anticipated debut studio album, produced by Matt Pierson, Stella will perform a collection of her favorite standards with an all star band featuring Alan Broadbent, Ben Paterson, and Chico Pinheiro. For Stella, singing is putting herself inside the lyrics of a song and letting the story carry her away. She sings these songs like they were written about her own life, an approach that requires deep emotional vulnerability. The sensitivity and honesty in Stella’s performances is deeply moving. People wiping tears from their eyes is not an uncommon sight throughout Stella’s performances. In combination with her rich tone and impressive vocal control, her unique approach to song interpretation will set her versions of these classics apart from any you’ve heard before.

About Stella Cole:

Stella Katherine Cole is a multifaceted performer based in New York City. You might know her from social media, where she has amassed well over half a million followers and nearly 6 million likes from posting singing videos that are beloved by a worldwide audiences of all ages. Her videos have been reposted and praised by musicians like Michael Bublé, James Taylor, and Meghan Trainor and Broadway legends like Betty Buckley, Stephanie J Block, and Donna Murphy. In New York, Stella has performed at iconic venues such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, 54 Below, Town Hall, Mezzrow, and the Cafe Carlyle as a guest soloist with Darren Criss. She has toured the country with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ). She recently collaborated with PMJ on a jazzy cover of “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus. The music video has already racked up a combined total of 5 million views between PMJ’s youtube and Stella’s social media. Stella is recording her highly anticipated debut studio album this summer with producer Matt Pierson.

Stella first fell in love with the Great American Songbook as a toddler, transfixed by movies like The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Signing in the Rain. These old movie musicals and their stars continue to impact her work today. Her biggest inspirations are Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, two powerhouse performers who straddled the world of jazz, musical theatre, and popular music.


May 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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