Content by tag "Lyricist"

MUSICIAN Born:

Jan Leder

A born-and-raised New Yorker, Jan Leder decided to pursue her love for improvisation after twelve years of studying classical music. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers for over ten years. A self-styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumentalists 1913-1968 (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation, although teaching has not figured prominently in her career. In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records 2000), a collection of mostly original melodies

Carolyn Fitzhugh

Chicago native Carolyn Fitzhugh affectionately named “Songbird” by her adoring fans is a timeless song stylist who possesses the grace, elegance, and improvisational skills of the legends of yesteryear while capturing the attention and affection of all ages. Carolyn’s childhood home was filled with the music of a diverse assortment of music greats from Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald to Morgana King and Sarah Vaughn to Minnie Ripperton, Ray Charles and Earth, Wind & Fire! Carolyn began taking classical piano lessons at age 5 and soon after she started making up melodies on the piano, as she adds “my early days of composition.” It was now she felt the emotion to sing and play and soon after what would become a 3-octave voice was born, and the fire to sing, play the piano and entertain was lit never to extinguished! As Carolyn further reminiscences “In my teens, I fell in love with jazz piano and the captivating technique of the likes of Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner quickly became my favorites.” In addition to those masters Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Joe Williams and Stevie Wonder are also influences on Carolyn and are collectively reflective in her writing and singing! With influences like these genius’ and her desire to shape her own sound Carolyn has become an innovative composer as her 5 exceptional compositions on her debut CD demonstrate

MUSICIAN Born:

Suzanne Cloud

Suzanne Cloud started her career in regional theater in the Philadelphia area appearing as the lead in productions both musical and dramatic including Pajama Game, Silent Night, Lonely Night, an original musical version of Bell Book and Candle, touring with The Fantastiks, Carousel and South Pacific and finally Sex Tips for Modern Girls at the Society Hill Playhouse. Cloud also appeared on television in the PBS movie A Woman of Spirit about early feminist Lucretia Mott and was chosen to sing on the talent segment of NBC's Fantasy Show. In the late 1970s, Suzanne Cloud toured the East Coast with a Top 40 disco band while recording jingles for local banks, retail stores, Armstrong Floors, Comcast Cable and the tune "Come Fly With Me" for the production show at the Playboy Casino in Atlantic City. By 1980, Cloud had switched from cover bands and jingles to jazz while indulging her love of songwriting