Carolyn Lee Jones
A lovin' life, singing up a storm, kind of gal with good chops and a terrific sense of style.
Burst on to the jazz scene in 2008!
Born and raised in Nebraska, moved to Dallas as a young adult beginning a successful career in retailing traveling the world as a Buyer for luxury stores. Fortunately, I was able to seek out opportunities to perform while on the road in preparation for going pro. Opportunities arose performing at numerous intimate NYC cabarets.
Album Releases -
2008 Bon Appetite! / featuring the late great Bob Dorough arranging, singing and playing on 3 songs
2013 The Performer / title track by Kenny Vance
2016 In A Long White Room / celebrating the pop genre with a jazz sensibility
2019 Close Your Eyes / all about love in it's many stages
Sister Sadie / A Child is Born / You'd Be So Nice To Come Home to / I Never Meant To Hurt You
2008 to current - Independent label / Catn'round Sound.
Cabaret Jazz 2012 to present-
Developed and performed four shows for the Sammons Center For The Arts / Dallas.
2012 -Songs From My Mother's Piano Bench ( from my mother's original sheet music ),
2014 -Too Marvelous For Words ( the music of Johnny Mercer ),
2017- Girl Talk ( the music of Bobby Troup and Julie London)
2019 -Hooray For The Girls ( celebrating female composers and lyricists of the 20th century)
2017 the Sammons Center For The Arts / Dallas, TX honored as Cabaret Artist Of The Year.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-10-30
I love jazz because it is a free expression and personal interpretation of music. I sing the verses that are rarely sung!
I was first exposed to jazz in high school. The popular band Chicago had a marvelous recording of famous jazz standards.
I met Shirley Horn in NYC and Karrin Allyson and Jane Monheit in Dallas.
The best show I ever attended was Shirley Horn in NYC up close, three feet away from her piano.
The first jazz record I bought was by Anita O'Day.
My advice to new listeners... listen to everything, all types of music. It broadens your perspective.
My House Concert Story
House concert in DALLAS hosted by a wonderful friend. She had a lovely baby grand piano and an intimate space provided. 30
people attended and each person brought either wine or an appetizer to lay out on the beautiful table. It was a grand evening and
the show theme was "Songs From My Mother's Piano Bench". My mother was a pianist and met my dad playing for the Navy Service
Men in Chicago. When she passed away, I acquired her original sheet music from the late 20's - 50's. It was my first house concert in