The popular duo of outstanding jazz/pop and Broadway vocalist CAPATHIA JENKINS and award-winning songwriter/guitarist and arranger LOUIS ROSEN have become widely known in NYC for their performances at top night club and concert halls including Joe's Pub, Birdland, Iridium Jazz Club and the Great Hall at Cooper Union, and have just released their third studio album, "The Ache Of Possibility" on the Di-Tone label
"The Ache Of Possibility" includes twelve new songs, eight of which have music and lyrics by Louis, and four with music by Louis and words by his collaborator, the world renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. Louis describes the album as "songs of love, politics and choices; songs that explore the mood and spirit of this moment in our community and our country." Capathia and Louis launched their new album with four sold-out shows at The Public Theater's Joe's Pub where they performed with the Capathia Jenkins/Louis Rosen Octet.
"The Ache Of Possibility" received wide coverage in the press, with highlights including extended radio interviews for Capathia and Louis on the Tavis Smiley Show on Public Radio International and NPR's Tell Me More; television performances and interviews on The CBS Saturday Morning News Hour, and the syndicated national program, Better TV; and unanimous praise among critics:
"Highbrow/Brilliant: Catchy new pop standards about the current depression..."
New York Magazine: The Approval Matrix
"The CD is immensely satisfying and the songs are quite varied, but what they have in common is a striking originality and thoughtfulness. Singer and musical theatre actress Capathia Jenkins performs with such integrity and passion, always serving the song, and her warm and soulful voice conveys so much humanity. It seems she can sing anything-and with great control and presence....The combination of Capathia and Louis is electric." (Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice CD Review, Rob Lester.) "Jenkins and Rosen...make an unusual but thrilling pair, combining for an infectious sound that grabs you and never lets go, mixing jazz, R&B, blues, cabaret, Americana, and soul in sweet ways."
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The team's second album, "One Ounce of Truth," was released in May 2008 to wide and unanimous acclaim, including the New York Times. Capathia, Louis and their septet launched the release with four concerts at The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, the success of which led to a three-concert engagement at the famed Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.
"One Ounce of Truth," is Louis' thirteen-song mix of jazz, blues, soul, classic pop and American roots music, with words by the world-renowned American poet, Nikki Giovanni, one of Oprah Winfrey's "25 Living Legends." Capathia and Louis co-produced the recording with their long-standing collaborator, Scott Lehrer of Second Story Sound.
"The songs are sly, playful observations that take an off-center, positive view of life and love... Mr. Rosen's earthy, tuneful songs are notable, a continually shifting musical patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop... As Ms. Jenkins sang in a sweet, sunny voice with an undertone of resolve, a poet in touch with her life force smiled through the music." (NY Times, Stephen Holden). "The blissful collaboration of composer Louis Rosen and singer Capathia Jenkins has found a kindred spirit in Nikki Giovanni, and the combination has charm and beauty to spare... Rosen [as] songwriter and musician charts an irresistible landscape between pop music and art song... Jenkins is his perfect muse and foil." (Bloomberg News,
Capathia and Louis launched their unique, ongoing collaboration in New York City in March 2005 at The Public Theatre's Joe's Pub with two sold-out evenings of new songs by Rosen written specifically for Ms. Jenkins, the highlight being the highly praised world-premiere of "Twelve Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou, the first of Louis' five album-length song sets that the duo has premiered over the past four years.
They soon followed with the "Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues," on words by Langston Hughes, which had its premiere at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in June 2006; and the November 2006 release of their debut recording, "South Side Stories," (RoseCap) a twelve-song suite, with Louis writing both music and lyrics. "South Side Stories" had its world premiere at the Steppenwolf Theater's "Traffic" Festival of Music and Art, and its New York premiere at the Public Theater's Joe's Pub, and on both occasions received high and unanimous praise:
Capathia and Louis have made numerous nightclub and concert appearances over the course of their three years together, with highlights including three engagements at the legendary Manhattan nightclub, Birdland; Manhattan's Metropolitan Room; concert appearances at the Great Hall of Cooper Union and the 92nd Street Y; performances at the Brooklyn Library's Dweck Concert Hall (Grand Army Plaza), as well as Brooklyn's new music venue The Old Stone House; their Chicago concert debut at the renowned Steppenwolf Theater; their Washington, D.C. dual concert debut at the Sixth Street and I Historic Synagogue and Theater J; and most memorably, their two-concert African debut at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe in May 2008.
Their most recent appearance was a return engagement at Cooper Union's Great Hall for "Great Evenings at the Great Hall: Arts and Literature," a gala event celebrating the institution's 150th anniversary where they performed songs from "The Ache of Possibility" on a bill with writers including Tony Kushner and Salmon Rushdie, who read from their own work.
Capathia Jenkins, the powerhouse pop and Broadway vocalist, and award-winning songwriter/guitarist Louis Rosen continue their "blissful collaboration" with new album 'The Ache of Possibility,' featuring words by renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. Jenkins and Rosen, the popular duo widely known in NYC for their standing room only performances at Joe's Pub, have recorded their most dynamic album yet. Jenkins is the respected Broadway actress and soul siren, and Rosen is the award-winning composer, guitarist and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Music Composition.
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