MARY STALLINGS: DONOSTIAKO JAZZALDIA AWARD
Mary Stallings (voice), Hervé Sellin (piano), Joshua Ginsburg (double bass), Mario Gonzi (drums)
Mary Stallings is the perfect example of how artistic and vital maturity is essential for being a great vocalist. Given her sense of swing, her phrasing loaded with blues and her talent for performing, it’s easy to understand why The New York Times recently said that “Stallings is perhaps the best jazz singer singing today”. As far back as the 50s, she was already performing in the clubs in and around San Francisco, her native city, with groups of luminaries including Ben Webster, Cal Tjader, Earl Hines or Wes Montgomery. She later became a member of the Count Basie, Billy Eckstine and Dizzie Gillespie orchestras. The recordings of albums made in her name were accompanied by great pianists, such as Monty Alexander and Geri Allen. She was drawn out of her long retirement and back onto the stage by the prestigious trumpetist Wynton Marsalis. Stallings has regularly performed in the great jazz temples of the United States, including the Blue Note and the Lincoln Center, and at festivals like Monterey or San Francisco.