Italian-born, Baltimore-based jazz vocalist Irene Jalenti has proven to be a dynamic, soulful, and passionate performer and composer who delves deeply into the meaning of each song and brings drama and conviction to her performances with her naturally deep tone and a four-octave range. Adept at scat singing and able to sing in five different languages, she connects with and delights a range of audiences.
Her sound has been compared to legends such as Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson and Beth Carvalho. Since moving from Italy to Baltimore in 2010, Irene has performed at top venues such as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo theater, the DC Jazz Fest, and even the White House. She has performed and recorded with the award-winning a cappella jazz ensemble Afro Blue, as well as with stars such as Esperanza Spalding, Patti Austin, the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra, and has shared the stage with great Cassandra Wilson.
Irene has also done background vocal work for Yolanda Adams, Chance the Rapper, Common, Kelly Clarkson and Marc Anthony. In 2019 Jalenti will finally launch her very much awaited first solo recording work, New Island. In this album, she will present unique arrangements and originals such as “Rise Again,” in recollection of catastrophic earthquakes in her home country, and some songs addressing issues of equality and social justice. Jalenti proves to be more than the usual jazz torch singer, but rather a complete composer and interpreter who can easily move from a love ballad to an activist song and on to a comical tune, always with depth, nuance, and conviction.
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“ IRENE'S TALENT IS QUITE UNIQUE AND SHE POSSES THAT KIND OF NATURAL GIFT YOU DON'T NORMALLY ACQUIRE BY MERELY STUDYING."
- Dado Moroni-