The New York Society Library will present award-winning vocalist Sheila Jordan and bassist Cameron Brown in an intimate evening of their jazz favorites. The event takes place Wednesday, September 28, at 6:30 pm at the New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street (just east of Madison Avenue; 6 train to 77th Street).
The cost is $20 per person with advance registration, or $25 at the door. Reservations can be made at http://nysljordanbrown.eventbrite.com/ or by contacting the Events Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-288-6900 x230.
This event is generously supported by the Estate of Marian O. Naumburg.
Sheila Jordan is one of the premier living jazz vocalists. She has received American jazz's highest honor, the Jazz Masters Award from the NEA, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award. She began in a trio singing versions of solos by Charlie Parker, her first great influence. She married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano. Among her early recordings in the 60s was "The Outer View" with George Russell, which featured a famous 10-minute version of "You Are My Sunshine." After working extensively in jazz church liturgy and in clubs in the 60s, her popularity and recordings spread in the 70s and 80s, including collaborations with pianist Steve Kuhn and bassist Harvie S. Her preference for the bass and voice set has led to another remarkable collaboration with bassist Cameron Brown, with whom she has been performing all over the world for more than ten years. They have released the live albums I've Grown Accustomed to the Bass and Celebration. The New York Times says, "her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists."