Alina Engibaryan

“Alina is really quite special. She is kind of like one in a million. There aren’t many people who want to sing jazz, who have this special feeling for the tradition, where jazz singers have been and what they borrowed from horn players. Not every jazz singer has that. What did Louis Armstrong borrow from his horn when he began to sing? Not every singer understands that, she gets that! (…) When she sings, you can hear her heart. That is very special. ”
– — Al Jarreau

On We Are, the follow-up to the jazz/ singer-songwriter’s 2016 critically-acclaimed debut Driving Down the Road, Russian-born Engibaryan chose to concentrate on making original music — and creating something far more personal. “A lot of songs on my album are about love, empowerment and how people treat each other,” says Alina Engibaryan. “It’s all about some kind of relationship.” It marks a huge step forward for the artist, the granddaughter of jazz drumming great Nikolay Goncharov and a budding singer since the age of two. “I kind of changed everything for this record,” she says. “The band is different and the music is stylistically different from the first album. I only had one original song on that record. This time, all except one song are mine.”

Michael League, the label head of GroundUP Music and co-founder of the Grammy-winning collective Snarky Puppy, arranged and produced We Are. League discovered the singer while touring the Netherlands, when Engibaryan was studying jazz vocals at the Prince Claus Conservatory.

Inspired by the likes of music legends Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter, as well as mentors such as J.D. Walter (a co-writer on the album track “Love Song”) and the late Al Jarreau (who oversaw the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition that Engibaryan won), We Are is a beautifully diverse mix of traditional and contemporary jazz, and one that deftly touches on empowerment (“Little Girl”) and worldly trepidation (“Doesn’t Seem So Real”). The all-star band on We Are working with Engibaryan (who sang and played keyboards) includes League, Taylor Eigsti, Maria Im, Zach Brock, Nathan Schram, Sam Quiggins, Larnell Lewis, Chris McQueen and Chris Potter.

Moving forward, Engibaryan will be a part of the winter 2018 GroundUP Music Festival in Florida, and continue to perform on her own in New York and throughout Europe. She will also be on tour with Russian trumpeter Alex Sipiagin in late 2018.

As far as her own music goes, Engibaryan simply hopes to spark a connection with the listener. “I feel like when people hear this, they’ll understand the vibe I was going for,” she says. “It’s not a ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ album. I think people will relate to the music in their own way. It’s just a very honest record.”

Tour Dates & Avails

Tigran Hamasyan Fall/Winter

April 30, 2020 Lawrence University
Appleton, WI, USA

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Fall/Winter

September 14, 2019 Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 16, 2019 Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA, USA
September 20, 2019 – September 21, 2019 Blue LLama
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
September 23, 2019 Dizzy's Club (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
October 22, 2019 CBE
Cologne, Germany
October 27, 2019 Grillo Theater
Essen, Germany
November 1, 2019 The Loft, UCSD
San Diego, CA, USA

Gerald Clayton Quartet US Tour

September 23, 2019 – September 24, 2019 Lied Center (Solo)
Lawrence, AZ, USA
September 27, 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, AZ, USA
September 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019 Moss Theatre
Los Angeles, AZ, USA
October 1, 2019 Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ, USA
October 3, 2019 The Outpost
Albuquerque, NM, USA
October 4, 2019 Santa Fe Music Collective
Santa Fe, NM, USA
October 6, 2019 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
October 7, 2019 University of Nevada
Reno, NV, USA
October 8, 2019 The Triple Door
Seattle, WA, USA
October 10, 2019 – October 13, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
October 19, 2019 Nashville Jazz Workshop
Nashville, TN, USA
November 20, 2019 Herb Alpert Music Center (Solo)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Yosvany Terry Quartet Spring Tour

March 29, 2019 Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY, USA
April 28, 2019 Arlington Jazz Festival (Quintet)
Arlington, MA, USA

Buika Summer

June 29, 2019 Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, NY, USA
June 30, 2019 SummerStage
New York, NY, USA
August 1, 2019 Patio Theater
Chicago, IL, USA
August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

Roosevelt Collier Spring/Summer

June 21, 2019 – June 22, 2019 Jazz Bistro
St. Louis, MO, USA
June 23, 2019 Avondale Music Hall
Chicago, IL, USA
June 25, 2019 – June 26, 2019 Rochester Jazz Festival
Rochester, NY, USA
June 29, 2019 Pearl Street Warehouse
Washington, DC, USA

JD Allen

April 2, 2019 – April 3, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
July 10, 2019 Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
July 12, 2019 Duc des Lombards
Paris, France
July 13, 2019 North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
January 25, 2020 Jefferson Center
Roanoke , VA, USA

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

April 13, 2019 Exit Zero Jazz Festival (NOJO 7)
Cape May, NJ, USA
April 28, 2019 New Orleans Jazz Festival
New Orleans, LA, USA
May 8, 2019 – May 11, 2019 St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Pidgeon Island, Saint Lucia
September 1, 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI, USA
December 13, 2019 – December 14, 2019 JALC with René Marie
New York, NY, USA

Richard Bona Spring/Summer

May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
June 22, 2019 Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Aspen, CO, USA

Marcus Lewis Big Band

September 3, 2019 Des Moines Jazz Festival
Des Moines, IA, USA

Maurice 'Mobetta' Brown & Soul'd Out Spring/Summer

March 28, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
April 28, 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans, LA, USA
May 10, 2019 Spokane Falls Community College
Spokane Falls, WA, USA
June 27, 2019 Duck Down BBQ
Brooklyn, NY, USA

KNOWER + Louis Cole Spring/Summer

March 29, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town, South Africa
June 30, 2019 La Tristienda
Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 3, 2019 Teatro NESCAFÉ de las Artes
Santiago, Chile

Steve Lehman Trio “The People I Love” Album Release Tour

September 17, 2019 – September 18, 2019 The Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 19, 2019 Kuumbwa
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
September 20, 2019 SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA, USA
September 21, 2019 Constellations
Chicago, IL, USA
September 24, 2019 – September 25, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA

Sullivan Fortner Trio Fall/Winter

September 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019 AVAIL USA
September 23, 2019 – September 24, 2019 Boise Jazz Society
Boise, ID, USA
October 3, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
December 18, 2019 – December 19, 2019 Paris Philharmonie
Paris, France

Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra

August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
September 14, 2019 Lake George Jazz Festival
Lake George, NY, USA
September 28, 2019 Tempe Arts Center
Tempe, AZ, USA
October 12, 2019 Mondriaan Jazz Festival
The Hague, Netherlands
November 8, 2019 SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA, USA
November 15, 2019 – November 16, 2019 Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Spring/Summer

April 3, 2019 Just Jazz Series
Los Angeles, CA, USA
April 17, 2019 Soul'd Out Music Festival
Portland , OR, USA
May 8, 2019 The Django (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
May 9, 2019 Virginia Arts Festival
Norfolk, VA, USA
May 10, 2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD, USA
May 11, 2019 THEARC
Washington, DC, USA
May 22, 2019 – May 26, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
June 13, 2019 – June 16, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA

Marcus Strickland Twi-Life

March 6, 2019 Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 7, 2019 – March 10, 2019 The Jewell
Omaha, NE, USA
March 23, 2019 Scullers
Boston, MA, USA
May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
May 27, 2019 Blue Note
New York, NY, USA
August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

Joel Ross 'Good Vibes' 'Kingmaker' Release Tour

May 22, 2019 Roulette
Brooklyn, NY, USA
May 25, 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA
May 28, 2019 Blues Alley
Washington, DC, USA
June 4, 2019 – June 5, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
June 6, 2019 Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA, USA
July 10, 2019 – July 11, 2019 Pizza Express
London, United Kingdom
July 14, 2019 North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 16, 2019 – July 17, 2019 Umbria Jazz Festival
Umbria, Italy
July 19, 2019 Plaza de Europa
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
July 20, 2019 Plaza de Santa Ana
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
August 30, 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
November 21, 2019 Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, MA, USA

Sullivan Fortner Trio Spring/Summer

June 28, 2019 – June 29, 2019 Rochester Jazz Festival
Rochester, NY, USA
July 2, 2019 Skidmore Jazz Institute
Skidmore, NY, USA
July 28, 2019 Woods Hole Jazz (Solo Piano)
Falmouth, MA, USA

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