posted January 17, 2008

Rachael Price and Quartet to Perform on Feb. 1

Hope College will feature jazz vocalist Rachael Price and her quartet on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The young vocalist has won over critics and fans alike with her mature rendition of some of the great jazz classics. In 2003, Price was tapped by the Grammy Foundation as a vocalist with the High School Grammy Jazz Choir, and she was a semi-finalist at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition in France.

"Price is right for jazz stardom," "The Boston Herald" has said.

Discovered by multi-Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon, Price has since performed to standing ovations at many jazz festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival. Jazz legend Nancy Wilson has said about Price, "I think she's brilliant... the depth, the warmth and the enunciation."

Price "is young, gifted... it became clear that Price... has the talent to match her enthusiasm," "The Washington Post" has said.

Born in Australia, raised in Nashville, Tenn., Price began her career at the age of 18, opening for Joshua Redman at New Haven's "Jazz on The Green," receiving a standing ovation. At the Society of Singers Gala to honor Sir Elton John, one reviewer said that Price "had the ballroom shaking with Elton's old 'Holy Moses,' which had people jumping up again."

Price's quick grasp of the subtleties of jazz has led to an independent debut CD titled "Dedicated to You." It is a compendium of jazz standards including "Tea for Two," "People Will Say We're in Love," and "The Folks Who Live on the Hill."

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $10 for regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.

Additional information and audio clips may be obtained by visiting Price's Web site at www.rachaelpricesings.com.