Actress/vocalist Luba Mason is introducing her next project, a musical line-up strikingly different in the jazz world: voice, vibes and bass, creating Triangle. Felipe Fournier is the man on vibraphone and bass duties are handled by Luques Curtis –creating what press notes call “a new, intimate sound that really draws her audience to lean in. Jazz Times describes Miss Mason as having “a voice as big and rich as a star-filled sky.” Premiering at NYC’s Iridium on Broadway and West 51 Street on Tuesday, October 24, there will be two shows: 8 PM and 10 PM.
The meeting of musicians is summarized in the publicity thusly: “Luba combines her rich vocal prowess with Felipe Fournier’s virtuoso playing and Luques Curtis’s fluid and unexpected accompaniment to create a unique musical space that displays and exposes each of the musicians’ strengths and talents.”
The performance will include jazz classics from iconic writers such as Monk, Shorter and Jobim, as well as standards by writers like Cole Porter and some unusual suspects.
⇒ Biography: As a recording artist, Luba Mason has released three critically-acclaimed albums: Mixtura (Kobalt Music, 2016), a “genre – bending” musical journey produced by Jimmy Haslip which includes a flamenco-infused “Moondance” duet with the legendary Al Jarreau in one of his last recordings; Krazy Love (Sunnyside Records), debuting her impressive songwriting skills executing a cool, Brazilian jazz sound; and Collage (PS Classics), a beautiful marriage of Latin, pop, jazz and poetry. Having toured the US and abroad, Luba has been a featured performer at the Panama Jazz Festival, opening for Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez and Chucho Valdez, has headlined at the Bratislava Jazz Days, Havana (Cuba’s 40th international festival) as well as Costa Rica’s International Music Festival. In the U.S., she has performed shows at major jazz venues such as NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and The Blue Note, in addition to her previous work at the Iridium. In other cities, she’s worked the Los Angeles club, Catalina Bar & Grill, Oakland’s Yoshi’s, Blues Alley in Washington DC and Regatta Bar in Boston. She has graced the stages with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis and her husband, Ruben Blades, at Jazz at Lincoln Center and and Paul Simon, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Sting at Radio City Music Hall. Luba, who is a classically trained singer, pianist and actor, was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel theatre awards as Featured Actress in a Musical. The native New Yorker, first generation American of Slovak descent born in Astoria, Queens, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from NYU. After graduation, she was featured in eight Broadway shows, ensued including the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as the sex bomb Hedy LaRue, sharing the stage with star Matthew Broderick. She was also seen as Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde and spent some time as Velma opposite Brooke Shield in the smash musical Chicago. Her website is www.LubaMason.com .
For more information and tickets please click here The Iridium is located at 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 582-2121
Here are more press quotes on past Mason work:
“A Broadway veteran and omnivorous singer.” — Billboard
“A force of nature. She goes deep and we want to dive with her.” — Huffington Post
“A celestial voice.” — Los Angeles Times
“Mixtura is a powerful message of self-determination.” — Jazziz
“Love it! Great mix of music!” — KPFK Los Angeles
“A powerfully emotional song interpreter.” —All Music Guide
“This lady has some moxie!” — Jazz Weekly
On CD Krazy Love: “Exquisite, Seductive, Saudade.” — Sting
On CD Mixtura: “Continues to meet the exemplary standards Luba has set for herself as an artist.” — AXS.com
“An alluring voice that dynamically and soulfully navigates the material she sings.” — Dan Ouelette, ZealNYC.com
“The impressive vocalist has never shied away from taking chances in a career that has repeatedly triumphed in the lights of Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as cabaret.” — Cabaret Scenes