Album On a Turquoise Cloud marks the alluring debut album of American jazz vocalist Candice Hoyes. Climbing to #10 on the American Jazz Charts, On a Turquoise Cloud interprets rare songs virtually unrecorded since Ellington’s own recordings. Produced by two-time GRAMMY® award winner Ulysses Owens, Jr., the album has garnered critical acclaim for both Hoyes and her exceptional octet.
Ellington created these high-flying songs to showcase versatile divas Adelaide Hall, Kay Davis, and Alice Babs, and this gifted ensemble reimagines them with a distinctly contemporary sound. These are the songs where swing first met classical, and they were a blueprint for much of today’s best musical theater, opera, and art song.
Hoyes, a rising star in this generation of vocalists, is devoted to adding this missing piece to the Ellington legacy. To find the song manuscripts, Hoyes pursued months of archival research.
The supple vocal lines of On a Turquoise Cloud infuse the signature Ellington harmonies with a sultry femininity, setting these tunes apart in his songbook. On a Turquoise Cloud brings a stunning corner of Ellington to light again, offering a fresh and stylish reading that ensures this music has new life.
Candice Hoyes / Vocalist Ted Nash / Alto Saxophone, Alto Flute, And Clarinet Ron Blake / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, And Flute Carl Maraghi / Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone Marcus Printup / Trumpet Vincent Gardner / Trombone Adam Birnbaum / Piano Yasushi Nakamura / Bass Ulysses Owens Jr. / Drums & Percussion | Special Guests Joe Temperley / Bass Clarinet (Single Petal Of A Rose) Wycliffe Gordon / Trombone (Almighty God)