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Singer and songwriter Vuyo Sotashe is becoming an integral part of New York City’s jazz scene. After moving here in 2013, the young South African artist has quickly made his mark, earning a Fulbright Scholarship and finalist positions in several international competitions, while also collaborating with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas, Elio Villafranca, Duchess, and the cabaret persona Jomama Jones, to name a few. Sotashe now adds American Songbook to his list of high-profile gigs with this free performance in the David Rubenstein Atrium. Catch this rising international jazz star while you can.
“A South African with a wool-lined baritone who stunned the crowd with his lyrical precision... [J]udging from the volume of the applause he received from the audience, one can expect to hear more from this young artist in the future.”– Downbeat
“Sotashe’s swooning falsetto brought a dramatic quality to 'I Loves You Porgy' and his infectious swing factor alongside [Michael] Mwenso had dancers whirling in front of the stage.”– Downbeat on the 2016 Hot Jazz Festival at the McKittrick Hotel