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On a Turquoise Cloud: Debut Album of Rare Ellington Songs

On a Turquoise Cloud marks the alluring debut album of Candice Hoyes, a vocalist of powerful versatility, with an exceptional octet. For her first album, Hoyes interprets the rare songs of Duke Ellington which she reclaimed through extended research at the National Archives.  Many of these divine melodies have not been  recorded since Ellington’s originals.

Hoyes was inspired by her research on the composer, and recognized her own musical voice and identity in these works.  Ellington created these distinctive works to showcase classically-trained jazz vocalists with a facility for soaring into the stratosphere. Down Beat Magazine writes, “Uncovering the brilliance and importance of the soprano Ellington voices of Hall, Davis, and Babs brought about Hoyes’ most crucial revelation.”

Innovative and soulful, these are the songs where swing first met classical, and they were a blueprint for much of today’s best musical theater, opera, and art song.  The gifted ensemble on this album reimagines them with a distinctly contemporary sound.

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  • Candice Hoyes at TALKS@Google New York, NY , Google Campus
  • Jazz Fest Wiesen AU 1:00 pm, Wiesen
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“Magnificent soprano vocalist….Sublime yet bluesy, Hoyes proves the ideal vehicle for this material, a singing instrumentalist.”

– Bob Weinberg, Jazziz Magazine

“One of the finest recordings, jazz or otherwise, of the last several years. The result transcends anything produced by any new jazz artist recently, and gives birth to a new sound, something uniquely her own.”

– James Land, Irish Film Critic

“For her first CD, Hoyes dove into the National Archives to retrieve rare works by Duke Ellington written specifically for female vocalists.”

– Robin Givhan, The Washington Post

About Candice Hoyes

Candice Hoyes is a vocalist who blends jazz, soul, and classical influences for a style all her own.  Described by Jazziz Magazine as a “singing instrumentalist” and a “magnificent soprano vocalist,” Hoyes can be heard with increasing regularity in clubs and concert halls across the country. On the jazz scene, she has performed and toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She debuted at the 2015 Exit Zero International Jazz Festival as guest vocalist with Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions, and has been the featured vocalist with acclaimed artists including Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. As a classical singer, she performs in six languages, and has sung roles at international opera festivals as well as Carnegie Hall, BAM, and Lincoln Center.

In March 2015 at Minton’s Harlem, Hoyes released her acclaimed debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, a collection of Duke Ellington’s rarely recorded songs for soprano. With rare songs spanning Ellington’s career, On a Turquoise Cloud features new arrangements and performances by several of this generation’s jazz luminaries.

Hoyes has appeared at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center as the guest vocalist in “Wycliffe Gordon and Friends,” Ginny’s Supper Club, Minton’s Harlem, and Whynot Jazz Room. She made her debut at the 2015 BET Experience, kicking off the summer music festival as the opening act for Deborah Cox, Chrisette Michele, and Jordin Sparks in Los Angeles, CA. For the upcoming season, Hoyes’ music was highlighted at the spring 2016 HARBISON collection show at New York Fashion Week and this fall, Hoyes will be one of the featured vocalists interpreting a set of Sinatra classics for the live broadcast of WNYC’s “Sinatra at 100” presented by Jonathan Schwartz. Hoyes is an Earthworks Audio Endorsed Artist.

“Uncovering the brilliance and importance of the soprano Ellington voices of Hall, Davis, and Babs brought about Hoyes’ most crucial revelation.”

– Angelika Beener, Down Beat Magazine