The Checkout: Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt
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Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first-ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.
Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt, a duo since 2002, blend picturesque vocals and sensual guitar in a unique combination of American and Brazilian roots.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Leala Cyr discovered jazz singing after excelling in classical trumpet at a young age. Cyr was featured as a trumpet and vocal soloist at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at the Lincoln Center in New York before attending the University of Wisconsin where she met Vogt.
Ricardo Vogt hails from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he was recognized for an original composition he wrote at age nine. A singer in his own right, Vogt also became the lead vocalist for the Cassino Orchestra Show Band in 2000.
While attending the University of Wisconsin, Cyr and Vogt began arranging together—everything from Duke Ellington to Antonio Carlos Jobim—and transferred to Berklee. With the incredible scat technique of Leala Cyr and sensational accompaniment of Ricardo Vogt, there was no stopping this dynamic duo.
Since their debut as a duo, Cyr was named Best Jazz Vocalist in DownBeat magazine's Student Music Awards in 2005 and performed on Esperanza Spalding's album Chamber Music Society. Vogt endorses Godin Guitars and joined the Eliane Elias Quartet and the Esperanza Spalding Quartet. Together, the two have traveled widely to conduct clinics and master classes and have performed live with renowned artists such as Milton Nascimento and Esperanza Spalding.
Now graduates of Berklee, Ricardo and Leala are beginning their professional career in New York and around the world.