Cyrille Aimée

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Cyrille Aimée
Cyrille Aimee concert 19.jpg
Background information
Birth nameCyrille Aimée Daudel
Born (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 35)
Samois-sur-Seine, Fontainebleau, France
LabelsMack Avenue

Cyrille Aimée (French: [si.ʁil ɛ.me]; born August 10, 1984) is a French jazz singer.[1][2][3]


She grew up in the French town of Samois-sur-Seine, in Fontainebleau, France.[4] Her father is French and her mother is from the Dominican Republic.[5]

She won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007,[4] was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010,[2][6] and won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

New York Times music reviewer Stephen Holden described Aimée as a blend of Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughan and wrote that the "saucy, curly-haired jazz singer [stood] with one foot in tradition and the other in electronics," and that her voice had a "tart, girlish chirp" and that her Surreal Band fused traditional and futuristic electronics with textures mixing jazz and funk.[5] New York Times reviewer Nate Chinen wrote that she had a "sweet, girlish voice that she controls with a sniper's precision".[7]

Star-Ledger reviewer Ronni Reich described her sound as "instantly recognizable" with a "soft, girlish buzz with a touch of an Edith Piaf-like quaver."[4] Reviewer John Fordham in The Guardian wrote that she is a "subtle and articulate vocalist" who is "light-stepping, casually fluent and persuasive" and sometimes "coolly understated in a soft glide."[8] Classicalite reviewer Mike Greenblatt described Aimée as "beautiful, talented, precocious, funny, cultured, with the kind of instantly-recognizable voice that has no known precedent."[9]


  • Cyrille Aimée and the Surreal Band (2009)
  • Smile (Cyrille Aimée Music, 2009) with Diego Figueiredo
  • Just the Two of Us (Venus, 2010) with Diego Figueiredo
  • Live at Small's (SmallsLIVE, 2010)
  • Live at Birdland (Cyrillemusic, 2013)
  • Burstin' Out, Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimée (Origin, 2013)
  • It's a Good Day (Mack Avenue, 2014)
  • Let's Get Lost (Mack Avenue, 2016)
  • Cyrille Aimée Live (Mack Avenue, 2018)
  • Move On: A Sondheim Adventure (Mack Avenue, 2019)


  1. ^ Pitz, Marylynne (3 September 2014). "French-Dominican vocalist Cyrille Aimee to entertain guests at Cultural Trust gala". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ a b Danton, Eric R. (2 September 2014). "Cyrille Aimee Goes Back to the Land in 'Bamboo Shoots' Video (Exclusive Premiere)".
  3. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (26 Feb 2014). "Cyrille Aimée to fuse Gypsy, jazz spirits in Santa Cruz show". SF Gate.
  4. ^ a b c Reich, Ronni (21 October 2012). "Cyrille Aimee wins the first Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition".
  5. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (23 November 2012). "Cyrille Aimée and the Surreal Band at Birdland". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Cyrille Aimee: 'I Wish You Love'". The Washington Post. 5 October 2010.
  7. ^ Chinen, Nate (15 August 2014). "Albums From Eric Harland's Voyager, Bobby Broom and More". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Fordham, John (11 August 2011). "Cyrille Aimée and Friends: Live at Smalls – review". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Greenblatt, Mike (29 January 2016). "Blogarrhea Exclusive Interview: Cyrille Aimee – A Woman to Love in Three Languages". Classical Lite.

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