Ballad Medley – 2021

Samara Joy

The award-winning singer at the beginning of her career

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With her 2023 Grammy win as Best New Artist (beating out a variety of rock performers), Samara Joy began being discovered by others beyond the world of jazz.

As this clip from 2021 shows, she was already a major performer by then; her beautiful voice, deep understanding of the lyrics that she interprets, and affection for vintage songs makes her a bright hope for jazz of the future.

This performance from May 2021 is taken from her senior recital at Purchase College.

Samara Joy is accompanied by guitarist Leonid Morozov, bassist Sameer Shankar, and drummer Simon Ribas on a medley of “I Miss You So,” “Somewhere Along The Way,” and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.”

-Scott Yanow


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