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Jazz Duo - Uphams Corner Branch Library Aug 16, 2012

Posted: July 17, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

Jazz Duo - Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright

Free Event - Upham's Corner Library
500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Thursday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright

Sultry chanteuse Brandi Maxam recalls the heydays of  American Jazz, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The vibrant sound of her voice, accompanied by guitarist Logan Wright, echoes a 1930s speakeasy or a 1950s jazz club.

The Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright Jazz Duo plays standards, but also throws in some contemporary pop, even jazzy variations of modern indie rock.

For more information, contact the Uphams Corner Branch Library at 617-265-0139.

Information submitted by:  Elise Orringer, Adult Generalist, Uphams Corner Branch, Boston Public Library

More about the Jazz Duo

With a vibrant vintage sound that could easily have been heard at a 1930’s speakeasy or 1950’s jazz club, Boston-based vocalist Brandi Maxam, and guitarist Logan Wright prefer to blend classic sounds with distinctive freshness.

The Brandi Maxam & Logan Wright Jazz Duo, plays standards, but also throws in some contemporary pop, even jazzy variations of modern indie rock. For those who experience Brandi Maxam & Logan Wright live, they can expect to hear a balance of classic and current.

“Our live set is very charming,” Maxam says. “It's low key with some sweet ballads and love songs, then we also throw in a couple swing tunes, we can get down and dirty with the blues, throw in a few oldies, and then maybe just a little funk. Definitely laid back all around though.”  This couple and duo, originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, began performing together as the Brandi Maxam & Logan Wright Jazz Duo in 2011.

Brandi Maxam

Brandi began performing at a young age and the love of music, artistic expression, and entertaining has become a life long passion. Maxam’s voice ranges from light and rhythmic, to powerful and poignantly soulful – a perfect sound for a repertoire of sultry ballads, and swinging up-tempo tunes.

"I sort of stumbled upon jazz in school, and it just fit me like a glove,” she says. “Then I started listening to Billie Holiday. If you listen closely you can feel all of the joy and pain she puts behind these simple jazz lyrics, and I find that very inspiring. I've been told I sound a lot like Billie Holiday, or Ella Fitzgerald, which is cool because those are two of my idols,” Maxam says. “I definitely try to borrow from them musically and I sing a lot of their tunes.”   

Logan Wright

Logan first picked up a guitar at the age of 17, and taught himself to read music just months before applying to Berklee School of Music in Boston.
"I saw it as an opportunity to do something I didn't think was possible. It was a lot of work, but I succeeded."

Logan graduated at the top of his class from Berklee this past May with a degree in musical composition. He will be attending the Tufts Masters Program in the fall. As a guitarist, Logan plays with tastefulness and simplicity, never choosing to be showy at the expense of good music.

"I have to play many roles as a guitarist, I have to be the bass player, the rhythm section, and the harmony. That’s tricky sometimes, but we’ve come up with something that works. It's a mix of an acoustic set, with the intricasies and fantastic sound of the great American songbook."

“We make a great team,” Maxam says. “We experiment with different material, but definitely in our own style."

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