Since its release, Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd’s debut album Ain’t Misbehavin’ Album has been making waves in Miami and around the world. Here are some of the more recent articles featuring Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd. Enjoy.
Yamit Lemoine, parked on the Vinyl Boulevard
Elegant and sensual, authoritative and bold, the vocalist Yamit Lemoine does not hide her affection for the dangerous charm of the Great American Songbook. The frequentation of pop art from the past often appears in a parody, but Yamit has understood the need to remain consistent with the spirit of the material to which it applies. A dedication that is not limited to replication: flexibility and improvisation are the basis of jazz
Born in Israel, raised in Toronto, where she cultivated a passion for soul, blues and the classic Broadway songbook, Yamit Lemoine currently lives in Miami. She worked as a sound engineer, composer, producer, and stage director, faithful to the intention of becoming independent with creative uses related to music and theater and excluding the safety net of a quiet nine-to-five occupation.
In the debut album ( Ain’t Misbehavin’ ) she is the head of a nonet recruited from the cream of Miami jazz musicians whose name she has guessed with reverent humor, the seductive performer demonstrates to know her trade. In choosing the repertoire, she says, “I try to relate correctly with the lyrics. I’m convinced that if I don’t have an emotional relationship with a song, I can’t convey it to the public ”.
Yamit Lemoine does justice to long-standing standards such as the mischievous title track of Fats Waller, the startling jump by Louis Jordan “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby“, shrewdly slowed and blued, and other delights of the day before yesterday.
Without being intimidated by the comparison with the hundreds of past high-ranking score visitors, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Little Jimmy Scott and Billie Holiday, Yamit runs her personal boulevard with gusto. And sometimes she takes up the other instrument she frequents from childhood, the violin, perhaps to direct the noir plots from broken hearts of “I’ll Be Seeing You” or the sunny ones of “Summertime” (the most risky piece, but also the most successful) towards new klezmer neighborhoods .
The album Ain’t Misbehavin ‘ by Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd is available on Amazon ( here ) and in streaming and digital download on Amazon Music Unlimited (subscribing here )
TIMEOUT MIAMI: APRIL 2019
“Nostalgia comes through in certain genres more than others. We often hear it in jazz, blues and folk—which have all managed to maintain some of that magic from the past while staying alive in this fast-paced modern world. Artists like Miami’s Yamit & The Vinyl Blvd are just such a band: an ensemble that somehow feels both old and new at once.”
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VOYAGE MIA: APRIL 2019
“Today we’d like to introduce you to Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd , Yamit Lemoine.
Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd, Yamit, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Israel where I was immersed in music from a very young age. My mother is a Russian trained classical violinist, and I began to study violin with her since I was five years old. My whole family was pretty musical, my older sister played piano and cello. We both kind of grew up in the conservatory where my mother taught, playing in different classical ensembles, chamber orchestras, and singing with the conservatory choir. When my family immigrated to Toronto, I began to focus more on vocal training and let go of the violin for a bit.
Growing up listening to pop albums, I realized that the tunes that resonated with me the most on some albums were usually the ones with different composer credits than the rest – and I soon realized that my favorite songs are actually from the Great American Songbook. That’s when I discovered my love for Jazz. ”
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NEON JAZZ RADIO INTERVIEW: MAY 2019
MIDWEST RECORD ALBUM REVIEW: MAY 2019
“YAMIT & the Vinyl Blvd/Ain’t Misbehavin’: Here’s a dandy bit of fun recidivism as Yamit goes jazz retro and posits herself right in the middle of the golden age of dames and broads emerging as a first class thrush. With equally stellar backing, you can just picture the stage door Johnny’s showing up after her set with roses and bangles just waiting to be bestowed. Completely unironic, this is simply a first class stroll through down memory lane like the time never passed. Fun stuff throughout.”
BY: CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher.