Highly-acclaimed jazz vocalist Wendy Jones, who has appeared on stages from New York City to Chicago to Tokyo, brings her one-woman tribute to the legendary pop and jazz singer Rosemary Clooney to White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, July 7.
A much sought-after artist in the region, Jones has consistently received accolades for her energetic and distinctive renditions of gypsy jazz, jazz standards, modern jazz, and original jazz. She has performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, jazz violinist Christian Howes, Crystal Gale and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030.
In addition to singing with her own jazz quartet, she is also the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, the Steve Watson Trio, and the Richard Shulman Group.
The July 7 show is a loving tribute to the late Clooney, who had a long career spanning from pop star fame in the 1950’s to jazz recording artist in the 1990’s, leaving an indelible mark on the film and music industries. This show traces her early performing history at WCW radio with her sister Betty, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, her tragic nervous breakdown and finally her triumphant comeback to show business with her dear friend Bing Crosby. Jones interweaves notable Clooney songs from such composers as Gershwin, Berlin and Ellington.
Wendy boasts a lengthy performance history, including theatrical performances at the Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Blowing Rock Stage Company, and Little Theatre on the Square (Ill.) in roles such as Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Babe in Pajama Game. Her latest recorded CD entitled Perfect Dream was released in 2014 on the Artists Recording Collective label.
In 2018 she recorded with both the Steve Watson Trio and the Richard Shulman Group. Richard Shulman’s CD Turned Into Lemonade and Steve Watson’s Reflections were both released in the spring of 2018.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.