Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N 3rd St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
As a young immigrant who has brought the real richness of her heritage together with her love for what is truly American, Lucy Yeghiazaryan beautifully sounds out the best expression of the American dream. Since arriving from Armenia sixteen years ago at age 12, Lucy has enriched American jazz with a voice that is clear and strong, and with the release of her debut album Blue Heaven (Cellar Live Records 2019) critics and musicians agree that a new vocal force has arrived on the scene. Lucy grew up in post-Soviet Armenia, discovering her father's once-contraband collection of jazz records at age 7. The collection of jazz standards so captivated young Lucy that, years before she ever learned to speak English, she began singing the tunes by meticulously mimicking the sounds and styles of the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Soon after Armenia's economic collapse in 2000, Lucy's parents brought her and her three sisters to America. After college, Lucy moved to NYC to pursue a career as a singer, and was a finalist in the 2015 International Monk Jazz Competition. Featuring Tardo Hammer (piano), Paul Sikivie (bass), and Pete Van Nostrand (drums).