Jasmine and Joey in Italia: Songs and Improvisations of Rossini, Handel, Mozart

The Jasmine Wilson and Joey Chang (Chez Cherie) in February 2021 presented Italian-inspired songs and free (jazz/R&B) improvisations. Our spontaneity-loving and improvisation-based duo takes a spin through some of opera's classic arias by Mozart and Handel, a song cycle by Rossini, and all glued together by some of our own extemporaneous musical commentaries.

'Til Victory is Won (Excerpts)

This performance was part of the 2019 "Til Victory is Won" teach-in at the Brooklyn Public Library, recognizing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the shores of Jamestown, Virginia. Featuring excerpts of: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Margaret Bonds; "I Want to Go Home" Arr. Jessie Montgomery; "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by John Rosamond Johnson (Arr. Seth Truby)

I, Too (Sing America)

Composed by Margaret Bonds, this is a setting of the Langston Hughes poem "I, Too (Sing America)"  

Performed at the 2017 BRIC B Free Awards in Brooklyn, NY. Jasmine Wilson, Voice. Dr. Ashley Jackson, Harp.

Throw it Away

An improvised version of Abby Lincoln's "Throw it Away" that intertwines western classical, jazz, and south Indian music traditions. 

Jasmine Wilson, voice; Anjna Swaminathan, violin; Joel Ross, vibes

Grandma's Hands

A soulful performance of the Bill Wither's classic song, with the soul/funk band What it Is.

Recorded during a live set at the celebrated Inspecteur Épingle bar in Montreal, Canada.