Meet D.J. Sweeney:
She's sung all her life, but just recently started singing at clubs with some of the greatest jazz musicians in Kansas City.Instrument(s):
Vocal, guitar, piano bass and drums. An occasional trumpet or sax.Teachers and/or influences?
Carol Comer, Everette DeVan and Rich Hill. All of these are Kansas City peeps.I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was born. I used to sit on the upright piano with my Daddy playing when I was a little girl. I remember watching his foot keep time when he'd play the guitar. My sister and I used to put on variety shows in the living room after watching The Jackie Gleason Show
or Sonny and Cher
. We would take a lamp and shine it on each other for the spotlight. We were big hams. Your sound and approach to music:
I like to keep it straight-ahead. I love the standards and I respect the composers.Your dream band:
My dream band would be Anthony Wilson on guitar, Jennifer Leitham on bass, Josh Nelson on piano and Louis Hayes on drums. I'd also like to sing with a big band and I found this really cool one with an all female ensemble. (divajazz.com
.The first Jazz album I bought was:
Billy Holiday's Songs for Distant Lovers
.CDs you are listening to now:
Ahmad Jamal's Darn That Dream
.How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Man, there are so many facets of the jazz genre. It's crazy and fun. I love it all.What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Passing it along through the generations. By Day:
I wait tables in an upscale steak house when I am not singing. Bobby Watson once said to me, "be sure and keep your steady gig." He knows how rough it is out here.If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
a dead person.