Mediterranean by heart. Parisian by birth. New Yorker by choice. Latin by soul.
A little more than a year ago, NYC-based French singer composer bandleader Pascalito (Pascal Sabattier) and his Neostalgia latin jazz trio premiered at the Metropolitan Room a show bilingually billed “Citizen Chanteur” whose performance was filmed and recorded. A live CD was later produced and enjoyed a successful European preview last summer with a sold-out engagement at the Sunset Sunside, one of Paris’s most renowned jazz clubs. Now ready for his U.S. release, Pascalito is happy to return to the Metropolitan Room for a festive night that will take the audience on a timeless and transatlantic musical journey.
Influenced by his Mediterranean roots, Parisian upbringing, South American escapades, and by his adoptive New York City where he has spent most of his adult life, Pascalito showcases an eclectic and bilingual repertoire filled with inspired compositions, imaginative covers and heartfelt interpretations in both English and French. As described by Jazz Times, the world chanteur is a unique hybrid, at once a “fine pop-jazz stylist” and a “superb storyteller” who can demonstrate “grand moments of showmanship” while also coming across as a “multi-cultural music anthropologist.” His vibrant Brazilian accompanists bassist Leco Reis and pianist musical director Luiz Simas provide elegant and groovy arrangements complementing Pascalito’s “handsome voice” (Time Out) in a fluid musical melting pot blending jazz, pop, bossa nova, noir-ish night music, Spanish-tinged melodies, chanson, tango and more.
Pascalito, was born, Pascal Sabattier, in Paris to a musical family of Mediterranean Jewish descent. He relocated to New York in the late 90’s where he became a rising new talent on the local jazz and world music scene performing at such venues as Poisson Rouge, Kitano, Metropolitan Room, Something Jazz and French Institute.
While supporting his artistry consulting in the financial services industry, Pascalito independently produced and released two prior studio albums Le Blues d’Orphée (2007) and Neostalgia (2011) that both received positive press reviews and radio airplay. Pascalito has even enjoyed a taste of national exposure as some of his licensed original works were featured in several popular cable network TV series including Burn Notice (USA), Damages (FX) and NCIS Los Angeles (CBS).
Four years ago, Pascalito started an inspiring collaboration with Brazilian singer-pianist, composer and arranger Luiz Simas, a native of Rio de Janeiro and longtime New York resident whose extensive career includes appearances at Birdland and Carnegie Hall. Joined by Berklee-trained bassist Leco Reist, also Brazilian, they
formed the eponymous Neostalgia band. Their shared discographic adventure
to date includes Forbidden Colours an EP recorded and filmed in one live session at the Grammy Award-winning Bennett Studio and Citizen Chanteur Live in NY celebrating its US release tonight. Selected footage of these recordings is available for viewing on Pascalito’s Youtube channel. Both discs will be offered as a bundle with the purchase of one admission ticket.
Note that this will be a bit a farewell concert too as the dual French American citizen will be relocating to Europe for an extensive period of time.
This one-night only performance is therefore not to be missed!