Why I'm Looking Forward to Performing in DSM for Jazz in July
Last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I released my fourth album, “Yaala Ballin Sings Irving Berlin.” Thanks to the wonder of the internet, the album was distributed digitally and gained a lot of attention and reviews worldwide.
In April 2021, a review came in from Greater Des Moines (DSM). It was a beautiful piece written by Abe Goldstien.?One thing led to another, and I was invited by John Krantz to perform at the 2022 Jazz in July series.
First Time in the Midwest
After more than two years, it feels wonderful to be able to travel again. This trip is even more special as this will be my first time performing in the Midwest.
I’m excited to be joined by this amazing duo; Michael Kanan on piano and Neal Miner on bass.
The two are not only my good friends but they have years of experience accompanying many jazz vocalists (Annie Ross, Little Jimmy Scott and Jane Monheit to name a few).
My trio shares a deep passion for the American Songbook. We enjoy being storytellers, taking the audience on a journey through these lyrics that touch on everyday aspects of life and resonate with people today as they did 70 years ago.
I can’t wait to perform at Hoyt Sherman Place next month! We will improvise and create our own versions of the songs while respecting the old traditions, and I'm really looking forward to meeting new people and sharing my story and music with them.
Learn more about my Jazz in July performance here. You can also find out more information about my music at yaalaballin.com.
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Israeli-born jazz vocalist Yaala Ballin has earned attention for her albums "Travelin' Alone," "On The Road" and "Yaala Ballin Sings Irving Berlin." She leads master classes in New York, Europe and Israel, is a U.S. State Department "Jazz Future" instructor and serves on the City College of New York faculty.