EVE HASLAM’S jazz music has been taking the globe by quiet storm in just a couple years. She is an up and coming jazz singer growing her platform from the studio, to local concerts to the big lights in Vegas.
Her current projects include the making of a tribute album to her composer-father, Herb Haslam. Re-joining her will be the great trumpet player, Rich Willey, featured on her debut album “A Thousand Years Ago”.
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♦ A New York native, Ms. Haslam moved to WNC in 2007 and the roots she planted for her career in business and music have bloomed more brilliantly with each passing year. She’s been praised by the press and by her musical partners and producers. It’s clear there’s a common denominator to the things they proclaim about her; the depth of her emotional delivery. Her voice soars and swoons in and out of songs like a bird in flight. A confident belter for sure, the haunting low and quiet range of her voice is just as exciting and poignant. All of this is captured on two CDs, each dedicated to one of her parents. ALL ABOUT EVE HASLAM by Peggy Ratusz
♦ I asked Eve how she picks her songs. “It’s a mind-body connection. If I hear something, even briefly in a movie that moves me, I’ll search it out to learn it. I’ve never been able to sing just anything I’m told to sing — I have to feel the story in the tune, it’s always personal.” JAZZ profiles by Eddie LeShure, RAPID RIVER MAGAZINE
♦ Haunted by a scary year of homelessness from 2010-2011 – she lived in her car, then endured the death of her mother to top it off – Eve Haslam is understandably driven. Backed by a revolving group of musicians, Haslam plays upscale local venues at night, including the Grove Park Inn, singing standards and lesser-known tunes. Her voice, trained from girlhood, is smooth as a river. Its edge of blues is rightfully acquired. IT DON’T MEAN A THING by VERVE MAGAZINE
♦ Jazz comes to the mountains
Haywood County is vibrant with virtuosos in many genres of music, from folk to blues to bluegrass. But jazz? Not so much — that is, until Eve Haslam moved to town. This summer, the professional singer and her band, Satin Steel Jazz, hosted the first-ever Fall Jazz Festival at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The four-week fest sold out every time, showing how much locals were in need of a good jazz fix. This coming year, expect Eve and her crew to heed this call and bring several more shows — and maybe even another festival — to these parts. EVE HASLAM BRINGS JAZZ TO HAYWOOD COUNTY
New York born, since early childhood, Eve was the vocalist for her Juilliard-grad composer dad, Herb Haslam. In the fifth grade they co-composed a four-part piece for the school chorus, performed at graduation. By senior high she was exempt from her music studies and was selected with five other members for the first a capella group of her county called “The Minstrels.”
Later she studied under the late Europe-renowned opera coach, James Partridge, who was a master of the Bel Canto method.
Today, her vocal styles are influenced by Sue Raney, Iren Kral, Wanda De Sah, Nancy Wilson, and Keely Smith. “Some of my favorite Brazilian singers have a natural muted tone and sing songs that tell a raw story relevant to a day in the life or a relationship. This is hard to mimic and does no justice to a Jobim composition without capturing this flavor.”
Her vision in 2008 was the desire to capture organic sounds of an all-acoustic group. Since then Eve’s debut album was released in 2013, “A Thousand Years Ago”, showcasing four fabulous bossa novas with nylon string guitar, four originals by her father and four swing classics from the Great American Songbook. The album features trumpeter, Rich Willey who sat 2nd chair with Maynard Ferguson.
In 2014 Haslam released her second album, “Beautiful Love” backed by only piano and string bass, a more intimate version of her music. The album has received critical praise by jazz great notables such as jazz singer, Roseanna Vitro and music critic, Scott Yanow. In this album she introduces Los Angeles composer, Matthew Briendel’s song, Bossa Nova Sundays, and has dedicated the album to her late mom, Mary Haslam.