"Perhaps it is time the music industry start referring to Erin as the gold standard by which all others aim to be compared...
in years to come when they talk about iconic jazz artists -and Erin McDougald's name comes up- you will want to be able to say you saw her in concert"
- Riveting Riffs international music magazine
Dynamic Chicago Vocalist makes her Cleveland debut with All-Star Band featuring West Coast Guitarist Bruce Forman.
Featuring: Erin McDougald-vocals, Bruce Forman-guitar, Roger Hines-acoustic bass, & Cedric Easton-drums.
Erin McDougald, a Chicago-based, internationally lauded improvisational jazz vocalist, has just released her fourth studio album, "Outside the Soiree", which features two of the most famous living modern jazz instrumentalists: Dave Liebman (saxophone) and Tom Harrell (trumpet), among six other luminaries. The album's title is Erin's original, hauntingly heady composition, with multiple tracks showing off her multi-octave vocal-range and exquisite rhythmic savvy. A steady stream of critical aplomb/reviews/press, (-with a dozen "Editor's Picks" lists, including Downbeat Magazine in May 2018-) has followed Erin's tour dates since the album's release-date in mid-March. She has remained on the National Jazz Billboard Charts for 6 straight weeks and praised by ICON magazine, among many music publications globally, including the World Poetry Organization for her deeply poetic, socially conscious writing and album's theme. ?
Internationally renowned jazz master-guitarist Bruce Forman (based in L.A.), known for redefining bebop guitar through his collaborative band CowBop and over 4 decades of tours and records with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Freddy Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson and Roger Kellaway, among others, has also arranged and played guitar for numerous Clint Eastwood films and their soundtracks, including the Academy Award winning blockbuster Million Dollar Baby. Considered one of the greatest living jazz guitarists, Bruce teaches clinics all over the world between touring dates. His latest project, "The Red Guitar" is a one-man "jazz libretto" is a comical, poignantly philosophical insight into the world of a jazz musician.
Together, Forman and McDougald (the "Cowboy" of Bebop Jazz Guitar and the "Flapper Girl" of Modern Vocal Jazz), are touring the country, with a musical vignette which incorporates aspects of Bruce's "The Red Guitar" and Erin's dynamic, improvisational reinventions of songs within and outside of the jazz idiom. The result of pairing these two individual talents with their complimentary wit, rhythmic prowess and eloquent disclosures is an engaging, joyful and memorable experience.