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Sable Winters

A native Texan, I make my home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Singing, recording, performing and songwriting consumes my world. I am a voting member of The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, aka ‘The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’. Volunteerism on the Membership and Special Events Committees give me an opportunity to contribute my industry and business experience to further assist in supporting the art of music making. I was twice nominated for a seat on the Board of Governors 2005-2007 (singer) and 2007-2009 (songwriter). Original work is registered with ASCAP.

Jazz and big band music was introduced to me as a result of a flea market binge with my mother where I acquired my first collectible 78-RPM record. It was a Columbia Records label of the Les Brown Orchestra featuring Doris Day on vocal singing "Sentimental Journey". I played that record on my 33 1/3 turntable over and over burning out more needles than my allowance could afford. Growing up listening to Soul, R&B and Blues clearly paved the way for what is now referred to as Neo-Soul.

I relocated from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-80’s and began my music career in jazz vocal after witnessing one of few final performances of the late great Sarah Vaughan. Her performance at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park wet my appetite and sealed the deal. This was a pivotal moment that ignited my quest to deliver jazz vocal performance. Living in the heart of Midtown Atlanta offered a short walk or cab ride to all things art ushering me through a golden maze of jazz clubs, musicians and creative types of every stripe. I struck up working relationships with very talented musicians, arrangers and composers. I frequented open-mic clubs and sang my way around town. Ultimately, I had to take a break to get a real job with real pay until the recession of the 80’s leveled off.

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD I took some years off from singing to study dance and acting, as well as great female jazz vocalists and recording artists of the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. These pioneers are the inspiration behind my musical styling. They are Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone and Edith Piaf. The greatest contribution to my musicality was the works and pieces of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Count Basie, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Cab Callaway, Benny Goodman and Antonio Carlos Jobim. It remains a necessary education.

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I have always said fame is not categorically a sign of talent and a quality signature. Luck and propaganda play a role in creating idols and icons. In countries we have never visited and remote areas of the world forgotten by our vain civilization, there are obscure and unheard of singers and artists with unmatched talent, human warmth and unique virtuosity who steal your heart and force you to rethink and assess excellence prerequisites and talent criteria. This is the very case of Sable Winters, one of the most spectacular and accomplished Jazz singers of our time. Yet, very few of us heard of Sable Winters, and only a handful of syndicated columnists wrote about her immense talent. This woman is as good as Julie London, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone. I was delight to learn that AllAboutJazz wrote a piece on Ms. Winters.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

This Is Always

Owl Eye Records



Sarah Vaughan
voice / vocals
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Sophie Milman
voice / vocals
Carmen McRae
voice / vocals
Betty Carter
voice / vocals
Grace Kelly
saxophone, alto
Nnenna Freelon
voice / vocals
Irene Kral
voice / vocals
Nancy Kelly
voice / vocals
Robin McKelle
voice / vocals
Jacqui Naylor
voice / vocals
Shea Breaux Wells
voice / vocals

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