Stacy Rowles once wrote a note to her father, pianist and
composer Jimmy Rowles, stating: "Dear Dad, if you buy me a
flugelhorn, I'll play the [expletive] out of it." Indeed she did, and
she picked up singing, as well. A longtime mainstay on the
Los Angeles jazz scene, she worked with the all-female
quintet the Jazzbirds, led by the late multi-instrumentalist
Betty O'Hara, as well as the Jazz Tap Ensemble and the
DIVA Big Band.
Father and daughter initially worked together on instrumental
arrangements, and after he began arranging for voice and
doing some singing himself, she followed suit.
Despite her father's example, she was not attracted to the