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CJC Special: Vivian Sessoms LIFE (USA)

  • Backbeat Bar 100 Karangahape Road Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)

Vivian Sessoms LIFE (USA)

2 Sessions: 7.00pm & 9.00pm

Accomplished singer and Harlem native Vivian Sessoms, having amassed credits as a backing vocalist for Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Donna Summer, Cher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Pink, Patti Austin, and a host of others, has proven herself a fiery and forward-thinking artist in her own right.

Recently signed to Ropeadope Records, on her forthcoming release LIFE, in collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Parks, Sessoms displays an adventurous arranging sensibility and a refreshing disregard for genre boundaries. Her expressive, sophisticated sound draws on jazz, R&B and pop in fresh and moving ways, whether she’s presenting her own material, reinterpreting “Strange Fruit” for our own troubled times, or reshaping classic pop, jazz & soul hits with a view toward transformation and constant surprise.

Through it all, Sessoms soars in a voice that is full and robust, unerring in pitch, and utterly at home in a wide variety of feels and settings. Her singing has met with praise in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Ebony and numerous other publications.


Vivian Sessoms (USA) - vocals
Chris Parks - (USA) bass
Jonathan Crayford - keys
Ron Samsom - drums

On this album, Sessoms’ clear, exquisite voice (which has backed Patti Austin, P-Diddy and Rob Thomas) shimmers against a percolating R&B/jazz backdrop.


Session 1: 7.00PM
(6.30pm doors)

Session 2: 9.00PM
(8.30pm doors)


$25 General Admission
$20 CJC Members
$15 Students

$10 CJC Student Members (standing only rush tickets dependent on capacity)

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Cash-only door sales unless sold-out prior.