Carolyn Lee Jones
A lovin' life singing up a storm kind of girl with good chops and terrific sense of style.
Burst on to the jazz scene full time in 2008!
Before that happened, I was born and raised in Nebraska, moved to Dallas as a
young adult where I began a successful career in retailing traveling the world as a
Buyer. I threw myself a "big birthday" years later and decided it was now or never to
become a professional singer and band leader. Fortunately I was able to seek out
many opportunities to perform while on the road in preparation!
As opportunities arose to get my my vocal chops together, I performed jazz shows at
various NYC cabarets. Now celebrating over 10 years in the music world full as a full
time vocalist/leader based in Dallas.
Recorded my 1st CD 2008 in NYC called- Bon Appetit! Lucky me to have had the late
Bob Dorough arranging, singing and playing on three tunes on the CD. Since then
I've released 3 more albums; The Performer 2013, In A Long White Room 2016, Close
Your Eyes 2019 and 4 singles on the independent label Catn'round Sound.
2017 Sammons Center For The Arts / Dallas, TX honored me as Cabaret Artist Of The
Year. Their inaugural year for cabaret was 2012 and have since performed and
produced four shows for Sammons Center Cabaret. Songs From My Mother's Piano
Bench ( from my mother's original sheet music ), Too Marvelous For Words ( the music
of Johnny Mercer ), Girl Talk ( the music of Bobby Troup and Julie London) and Hooray
For The Girls ( celebrating female composers and lyricists of the 20th century)
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-10-30
I love jazz because it is a free expression and interpretation of the music. I listen to the verses that are rarely sung!
I was first exposed to jazz in high school.
I met Shirley Horn in NYC, Karrin Allyson in Dallas and Laura Nyro in Dallas.
The best show I ever attended was Shirley Horn in NYC up close three feet away from the piano.
The first jazz record I bought was by Ella Fitzgerald.
My advice to new listeners... listen to everything and all types of music and jazz, 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