Jazz Vocalist Marlena Shaw Pays Tribute to Dinah Washington at the Birch North Park Theatre
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Marlena Shaw and her trio put on quite a performance; although it took a while to "heat up," once they found their groove, they rocked!
Ms. Shaw is quite the diva, with a charming persona, a talented singer who did great by Dinah Washington. I can't wait to see/hear Marlena Shaw at her next performance.
It was great that she came to San Diego and performed so admirably for her fans and friends.
La Jolla Music Society presents one of the most versatile and charismatic jazz vocalists on the scene today, Marlena Shaw. Don’t miss as she pays tribute to “The Queen,” Grammy Award-winner Dinah Washington, who was known for her gritty vocal styling and as one of the most talented cross-over artists of the post-World War era.
Shaw’s performances are marked by an artful blend of pop standards and straight-ahead jazz tunes. Introduced to jazz at a young age by her uncle Jimmy Burgess, she was only 10 when she first performed at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, receiving an enthusiastic reception in front of one of the world’s toughest audiences. Shaw would later attend the New York State Teachers College in Potsdam (now known as the State University of New York at Potsdam) to study music but eventually dropped out of school, got married and had five children. By the mid-’60s she was performing regularly for audiences in the Catskills, Playboy clubs, and other New York area clubs. In 1966, she recorded “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" for Cadet Records and in 1967, prompted by executives at Cadet, Shaw recorded the album Out of Different Bags, reflecting a diversity of styles, including blues, jazz, and pop standards. She was later brought to the attention of bandleader Count Basie, and she ended up singing with the Basie band for four years.
In 1972, after leaving the Basie Orchestra, Shaw was the first female vocalist signed to Blue Note Records, and she toured for a while with the late Sammy Davis Jr. Shaw went on to record five more albums and several singles for Blue Note, and critics likened her singing style to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan.
An interview with the artist hosted by Jazz 88’s Claudia Russell.