Top Flight North Coast Vocalists with All-Star Group live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Shirley Cook-vocals, Evelyn Wright-vocals, David Thomas-piano, Chris Coles-saxs, Alan Gleghorn-bass, & Sunny Tabler-drums.
Presented in Association with Quad City Productions.
Shirley Cook -- A tastefully unflashy singer in the Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan vocal tradition, singer Shirley Cook inhabits a lyric, staking her music on simplicity and nuance over virtuosity. Cook's voice -- grainy and resonant, like a tenor saxophone -- brings a sweetness to her jazz standards and a graceful swagger to R&B and the blues. Though Cook began singing in the church at an early age, she came rather late to performance and credits the efforts of Carl "Ace" Carter, the first post-Basie pianist to work with the Count Basie Orchestra, and local legend Duke Jenkins with giving her early instruction and her first gigs. Cook now regularly performs around town as well as everywhere from New York to Japan. She has been a featured performer with the Tri-C JazzFest and yearly hosts the JazzFest jam session. (Bio courtesty of Scene Magazine)
Evelyn Wright - Evelyn Wright has been a professional vocalist for over twenty five years with experience in Jazz, R&B and Pop styles of music. Evelyn is a native from Cleveland, Ohio, and was voted Best Female Vocalist in 1985 in conjunction with WCPN radio station. She is also the winner of Most Promising Female Artist and Favorite Female R&B Singer 1993 by Midwest Urban Music Awards. Evelyn has toured throughout the United States and Canada performing in the top hotels, nightclubs, and concert halls.
Evelyn has also recorded with several international recording stars including Phillip Ingram and Gerald Albright.