Biography

Following years of classical piano training and American literature studies at the Sorbonne, Cecil L. Recchia entered the world of jazz at the Paris CIM, institute for contemporary music and jazz.

She then continued to develop her jazz acumen in master classes conducted by such jazz legends as Michelle Hendricks, Bob Stoloff, Barry Harris and Norma Winstone. Cecil created the Cid Azilis Project in 2007, a quartet in which she interprets an original repertory of personal compositions along with English and American poems by Shakespeare, Poe and Dickinson set to her own music.

After making a splash with her quartet at the 2008 Sunset/Sunside Awards, Cecil L. Recchia has since become a regular on the Paris jazz scene.

That same year, she performed live in “Jazz à la Récré” (EMI) for the release of the eponymous record also featuring Didier Lockwood and Hal Singer.

This project was warmly received, particularly at the first edition of “Jazz for Kids” at the 2009 Villette Jazz Festival. It was followed by a second opus, “Noël en Jazz” in which Cecil is both lead vocalist and arranger.

With « Songs of the Tree : a tribute to Ahmad Jamal » recorded with Vincent Bourgeyx, Manuel Marches and David Grebil, it offers a first successful opus, which quickly received a warm welcome from the public.

Cecil continues to pursue a singing career in a variety of jazz and Brazilian music ensembles, alongside her ongoing activities as a vocal jazz coach.

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