China Moses is the personified American Entertainer – singer, author, composer, producer and MTV-presenter – and has already worked with great artists such as Camille and Raul Midon. Despite her musical heir – her mother being the strong-voiced Jazz Diva Dee Dee Bridgewater – China’s first musical steps, were deliberately not towards Jazz music: “I am mainly influenced by Soul music and I love Rhythm and Blues”.
Back when she was a teenager singing was more important to her than going to school and with her obvious talent it led to her first label contract at a very young age. Then by chance – three album releases later – she met French Jazz Pianist Raphaël Lemonnier: “I’ve recorded this new album with him but at first I didn’t want to go for a Jazz album at all!”, says Moses. Thankfully she did, as with “This One`s for Dinah” the thirty-one year old artist presents a stunningly authentic 50’s Jazz album – a worthy tribute to the great Dinah Washington – which underlines her clear, ambitious mission: “I’ve stepped up to bring the Rock’n’Roll aspect back into Jazz Music”.
The result is fascinating: China Moses interprets songs of the great Washington with her strong voice, energy, and humour without simply imitating them. She modernises and spices up classics and contributes two of her own compositions: “Dinah`s Blues” and “Gardenias For Dinah”
Her voice as well as her charisma as a Jazz performer is clearly inherited from her mother. When she sings the Blues, she makes it glow – both, her own compositions as well as her fiery interpretations of songs such as “Fat Daddy” or “What a difference a day makes”. The song-arrangements focus on her strong, tremendous voice which she uses with power and then again with sensitive precision.
Even before the release of “This One’s for Dinah” (Blue Note Records) the media attention was incredible with features in important media such as Spiegel Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jazzthetik, Jazzthing and many others.
The overwhelming feedback of the great Homage to Dinah Washington led her to club-tours through Europe and great performances on high class festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Shanghai Jazz Festival, Jazz Open Stuttgart, Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg and venues such as Moods Zürich, Porgy and bess Vienna and Quasimodo Berlin. Following this great success China Moses and Raphaël Lemonnier just finished their next joint project. The Album “Crazy Blues” dedicated to icon blues-singers and pioneers of their time such as Nina Simone, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith will be released in Europe through Universal in Spring 2013 and is sure to enthuse audiences all over.
“China Moses has an incisive voice, powerful swing and a high voltage personality.”
– London Evening Standard, UK
“A new star has entered the Jazz firmament.”
– All About Jazz, US
“A glass of red wine at hand, dazzling in high-heeled Parisian chic, she commands the stage from the moment she makes her entrance.”
– The Times, UK