The Havre de Grace Arts Collective Jazz & Blues Fest presents Maryland Rising Stars-Clarence Ward III & Irene Jalenti
June 5, 2021 at 1:00pm
Live at The Wilburn Company ‘Headliners’ Stage at Concord Point
700 Concord Street, Havre de Grace
Maryland Rising Stars-Clarence Ward III, Irene Jalenti at Concord Point Headliners Stage
Clarence Ward III
Baltimore saxophonist and trumpeter Clarence Ward III, pours heart and complex emotion into the fiber of his sound. From the minute you hear the crisp, agile wail of his trumpet, or the playful sincerity of his sax you are frozen, caught in a snare of hope and honesty until he decides he has said his peace. Standing as a major influencer in the development of Baltimore’s present jazz sound, Ward’s lion heart positions him on the vanguard, reinforcing jazz music as a vital voice for these modern times.
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 an impressively wide 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 2021 Jalenti will finally launch her very much awaited first solo work. The record features Sean Jones, Warren Wolf and Cristian Perez. In this album, she will present unique arrangements and originals such as “Alma Desnuda” inspired by the great Argentinian poem by Alfonsina Storni, “Dawn” a journey through ancient Greek poetry, “Moon and Sun”, and the swinging “How the Story Goes”. 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.