posted by Robert J. Carmack @blues2jazzguy
I always try to keep an open mind about today’s music and vocalists, particularly, Jazz vocalists. However, I’m a man of distinct taste and panache’ with a “side of groove and swing”.
In the case of Sandra Booker “nobody out-swings” her in a straight up duel of singers and vocalists, those who know how to interpret the lyrics and vocabulary of classic jazz singing.
It’s probably no mystery why the late Three Sounds bassist , Andy Simpkins who knew Sarah Vaughn intimately, bestowed the moniker, Lil’ Sass on Sandra Booker. the little lady from “Nawlins” with the big voice.
An award-winning composer & conductor, Lalo Schifrin, called Sandra, “his favorite singer, live or recordings“. I suppose it’s just a coincidence When the opportunity called for her to gather an all-star band,curate a cache of great songs recorded or sung by Sarah Vaughn at different points in her career. “Sarah was my main character from the Be-bop era, she had a tremendous influence on my singing and how I handled my self on the bandstand.” “This gig Sunday, April 22, allows me to select compositions I like from her most potent and swinging pieces. I will reinterpret her spirit through my lens. That continues the legacy which makes me very proud” stated an excited Booker. The musicians backing Ms. Booker for the evening are Andy Langham-Piano,Edwin Livingston Bass,Tony Pulizzi Guitar, and Thomas”Mr. Taste” White on Drums
This is also a special occasion for Sandra as she’s been battling very challenging health issues and trying to stay positive. The Creative Process keep her going strong, along with positive people,who support her efforts to beat-back the dreaded Big “C”.
She’s been a champion for the organization, Jazz Musicians Against Cancer, hosting concerts, doing workshops and local fundraisers to not only help herself but, others who are still battling to remain working at their craft. “Working with some of these musicians makes it very therapeutic for me, as well as it allows me to appreciate each and everyday I’m still here. The music is my true medicine.”
“It’s definitely a blessing and an honor to perform this music at the highest level just like the pioneers did, long before I came along.”
Don’t hesitate! You and a friend have a double opportunity to do a solid. 1- see a great jazz show and 2- Help out some sick people who are up against it, each and everyday. Part of the evening’s door admission fee goes to the JMAC Fund,(Jazz Musicians Against Cancer)
Vibrato Grill,Jazz,Etc. 2900 Beverly Glen Circle LA. 90077 310-474-9400 reserve a table, enjoy great jazz at a sublime environment first show is at 7:30 on the down beat! http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com