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Shirley Crabbe

Native New Yorker and 2019 New York Bistro Award winner, Shirley Crabbe has been hailed as possessing a voice that “must surely appeal to all who love good jazz singing.” Her “almost Ella Fitzgerald–like vibe glows…” says Downbeat Magazine's John Ephland on her 2011 debut recording HOME featuring the legendary saxophonist Houston Person. Her 2018 Top 50 album BRIDGES (2018) has received rave reviews and spotlights her collaborations with renowned pianists Donald Vega, and David Budway. Shirley has been a guest on syndicated radio programs such as “Jazz Inspired” hosted by Judy Carmichael, and Steve Cuden's "StoryBeat" to name a few, and currently performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert series in the US

ARTICLE: RADIO

I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

Read "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox

Read "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast on the first Sunday of Women's History Month included new releases from Jenna Mammina, Lioness and Claudia Acuna with birthday shout outs to Ida Cox, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sara Gazarek, Sara Serpa, and pianist Kirk Nurock among others, plus a sampling of who's playing around town and tributes to Andre ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bistro Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, With David Budway On Piano, To Appear As Part Of The Overture Concert Series At Rockland Conservatory Of Music

Bistro Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, With David Budway On Piano, To Appear As Part Of The Overture Concert Series At Rockland Conservatory Of Music

Bistro Award winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, with David Budway on piano, to appear as part of the Overture Concert Series at Rockland Conservatory of Music on Saturday, March 2nd, Show Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Rockland Conservatory of Music 45 S Main St Pearl River, NY 10965 Recently announced as a Bistro Award winner ...

Bridges

Label: MaiSong Music & Entertainment
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Isn’t This a Lovely Day (5:02); 2. Taking a Chance on Love (3:41); 3. Bridges (5:46); 4. The Bridge (4:09); 5. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (5:09); 6. Promise Me (4:46); 7. The Windmills of Your Mind (4:43); 8. And So It Goes (5:10); 9. Thief in the Night (5:32); 10. Blessed Assurance (4:58).

Seven Women 2018 – Part V

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part V" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

An embarrassment of riches... Shirley Crabbe Bridges MaiSong Music 2018 Vocalist Shirley Crabbe's 2011 debut recording, Home (Self Produced), was very well received, with critic Edward Blanco noting that the singer has, ..."a warm approach to the music, her smooth vocals seem a perfect fit for voicing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings Of Personal Connection On "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Some vocalists excel at lyric interpretation. They know how to tell the story of a song with subtlety and nuance. Other singers have such beautiful voices that they’d be a pleasure to listen to if they sang the periodic table set to a Brahms lullaby. It’s not easy to say which is Shirley Crabbe's strength, since ...

Home

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Luck To Be Me; You Taught My Heart To Sing; Home; Seasons; Detour Ahead; Strong Man; Not While I'm Around; So Far Away; Summertime.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shirley Crabbe: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In 2006, jazz singer Shirley Crabbe suffered from a vocal cord injury, not knowing if she would ever be able to sing again. Home is her long-awaited debut, documenting a successful return appropriately acknowledged in the opening Leonard Bernstein piece “Lucky To Be Me." Her remarkable performance gives no clue to the nature of her prior ...


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