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Cheryl Conley: News

Happy New Year 2017 - January 10, 2017

Greetings Jazz Fans

 Best wishes for the coming year! 

Hello JAZZ Fans - April 5, 2016

Been busy traveling. Now its back to work. Im looking for a few fine musicians who would like to part of my latest project. Please contact me at this web site or leave me a message at my other email address onejazzsinger@earthlink.net Today is APRIL 5, 2016

JAZZ Fans - January 25, 2013

Are you Tweeting yet?

Follow me on Twitter @4jazzcme

 

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition - July 30, 2012

Hello Friends and Fans.  I just found about a competion thats been happening since June.  I need your vote and I need for you to tell as many of your friends as well.  The competition ends AUG 15 at 2:00pm eastern time. I 'd love to win this!!

PLEASE go to http://indaba.me935803105   You may only vote once.  THANKS

Help Keep Jazz Alive!! - May 1, 2012

For all you Jazz Lovers,  Support Jazz when ever you can.  It is America's Original Music.  Don't let it fade away.  Many Jazz Clubs in the Los Angeles area are closing.  CAFE 322, in Sierra Madre CA, a favorite for the locals, has closed.  7 years of great music was set on that stage.  I loved the beautiful white piano, and the room.  Sadly it's gone.  I'm proud to say I was the first and last jazz vocalist to perform on their stage!

Peace

HAPPY NEW YEAR - January 1, 2012

Ready for more wonderful JAZZ?  Stay tuned.  New CD project underway.  Wishing for more GIGs.  2012 is going to be a good year.

First Day of Spring - March 20, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dad.   I am going to miss you.

ETTA JAMES

When I was a little girl I remember hearing about this singer named Etta James.  My mother told me she used to make my father cry when ever he heard her sing.  Well, when I became a teenager I found out Ms. Etta was performing at a place in Los Angeles called 'The Parisian Room'.  I was determained to see what this woman looked like.  Yes this woman who made my father cry.  I dressed up to make myself look older, (at least I thought so).  I pushed the car out the drive way when my mother was asleep, and off I went to Los Angeles.  No drivers license. No ID.  No money!

They wouldn't let me in The Parisian Room!   Said I looked too young.  After my sob story, someone let me stand in the back door of the kitchen.  I stood there and heard the crowds thunderous applause!  I managed to ease through the kitchen when no one was looking, closer to where I could see the stage.  There she was.  This cute, short, stout, blond, black lady.  Her eyes were made up like cat eyes and boy could she sing!  She was all over the stage and her act was raw!!   I loved it.  They kicked me out the kitchen when they discovered I was almost inside the club, but I was happy.  I finally saw Etta James. 

On my way back to Pasadena, I kept saying to myself.."Thats what I want to be when I get older, a singer like her."  I told my mother before she passed about sneaking the car all the time!  She said she already knew.  OK Britt..I saw Etta while you were over seas.  I understand truely.

Sleep well daddy.   

Britian Conley/ Pearl Harbor Survivor *March 20, 1920 - March 6, 2011 [Military time 19:20] *  LUV YOU!

First Day of Fall - September 23, 2010

It's amazing how fast time flys.  After the CD release party in February,  I found my self putting my whole heart and soul into making my mother as comfortable as possible.  Both my time and energy were focused on mom.  Her health went down hill fast. She was this outgoing person who all of a sudden didn't remember things anymore. She passed away June 14th.  Almost made 90.  But gee, no more shots, pills, and someone changing her, which she hated the most.   She was a pretty woman.  The last week of her life she made friends with a nurse.  He complimented her on her beauty.  I miss my mother.  She never hit us, but man she'd put us on 'punishment' for a long time and take away the amenities.  She was so so sweet;  never a hateful word about anyone.  But,  I've got tons of pictures of her to sort through.  One shows her standing on the steps of the 'Negro Public Library' in Kentucky. Another picture shows her and friends  at a 'Negro Public Beach'.  So I'm getting to know her, from pictures of her, before I was born.  I gave her a very nice 'Celebration' and she is in a very beautiful resting place.   For all of you who have passed through a public high school, you probably remember a favorite class.  When mom and her silbings went to Dunbar High School, in good old Little Rock, Ark. the girls had to take Laundry, and the boys Masonry.   My aunts and uncles all went to college, and never washed cloths or did manual labor for the white folks.  How about this, if you wanted to get a masters degree you had to go to a college in the north!  Don't be mad at the youngsters when they say.."the dirty South".

Next!! R.I.P.  Buddy Collette.  Wow!!  Talk about a special person in the L.A. jazz world.  He gave me my first big break!  I met so many jazz legends, working with Buddy.   I loved it everytime he'd call me to do a gig!.  I kept every program cover!  I sang at his daughter,  Cheryl's  wedding.  In 1990 he asked me to sing at a concert at El Camono College,  in Torrence.  A CD was made from the master in 2006, and I got a call to participate in the CD release party.  Well those two 89 year old Leo's, Alice and Buddy are ridin' in that big limousine in the sky.  I'm going to miss them both.  Talkin' 'bout a class act!!

Why did a classmate and my computer repairman have to go so soon? Just a few weeks ago!!  R.I.P. James Adams and Jim Andric.

S I D E   B A R:  Okay..so I'm in a small company called Theatre Americana.  I like it because it keeps me in line makes me clearly understand that jazz isn't the only music around. There are two main shows "The USO Show" and "60's Revisited".  Your girl does a mean 'Tina Turner' plus 'Martha Reeves'  and the lead on 'Please Mr. Postman' and Rte 66 (USO)  The 60's Revisited will happen Friday Night October 8, 2010 during ART NIGHT in the City of Pasadena.  We will be on the steps of City Hall!!  Come out and have a good time!! 

Try to make it over to CAFE 322 on Wednesday evening October 13, 2010, 8:00- 11:00 pm   A little known fact..Your girl opened Cafe322 back in July 2005.  Yes, thats right ..the first jazzsinger on their stage.  The food is very good, with a full bar.  I'll be there with the guys who are on my latest CD 'Lemon Twist'.  Bassist Isla Eckinger will be on a plane headed for Switzerland, so you'll miss him but his sub is supurb.  SAVE  Dec 17...for another 'Santa Baby Christmas' at Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue, in Clarimont. 

To my students.   My goal was to teach for 25 years.  I achieved that goal.  A new goal is in the plan. I will miss you.

       .......Time keeps movin' on, Friends they turn away.  I keep movin' on, But I never found out why.  I keep pushin' so hard an' babe, I keep try'n to make it right to another lonely day.  Well, Dawn has come at last, Twenty five years, honey, in just one night, oh yeah.  Well, I'm twenty five years older now So I know it can't be right!  That I'm no better babe, And I can't help you no more than I did when I was just a girl....

                                            "Kozmic Blues"- Janis Joplin/Gabriel Mekler

BYE for now  Cheryl

'Lemon Twist' Now Released! - February 18, 2010

My new CD Lemon Twist is out from TCB, The Montreux Jazz label. I've got quick links to samples of the tunes on the music page.  Or you can order it from TCB's catalog page or through any of the company's international partners. The catalog number is TCB 30102.

And check out my big release party on Saturday, February 20, 6 to 10 p.m. It'll be at the Jazz Lobby in the Glendale Hilton, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd. Glendale CA 91202. I'll be singing and there will be birthday cake.

You can make reservations by calling 818 956-5466. The Hilton is just north of the 134 freeway, off Brand Blvd.

Hope to see you there!

CD Release Party - January 29, 2010

'Lemon Twist' will be released February 18, 2010. You're invited to a CD release party/Birthday Celebration February 20th, at the Jazz Lobby/Glendale Hilton,100 West Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale California 91202. Reservations suggested 818/956-5466. Meet the musicians on the CD and enjoy.

SWEET NEWS - September 12, 2009

Time flys, and so many tomorrows. So, good news!
TCB Jazz Records likes your girl. Look for "LEMON TWIST" coming soon

SAVE THE DATE - January 21, 2008

APRIL 19, 2008

SALUTE TO WOMEN OF JAZZ!

Seasoned Greetings - December 17, 2007

I feel so good today!!
I sent a fan a copy of my lastet project and he just went nuts. My neighbor and his son loved it loved it. Made my blues go away..You ever get those??
Thought about all my friends old and recently new..
I guess if you're feelin' a little blue right now, it's natural. It's winter and it's getting colder.
Hello Kim, Naisioxerloro, Christy, Bruce Oliver, Bruce Edwards, Anita, Abigail, Lonnie, Roni, Newell, Donna, Thanks for the hit. Reading your love over and over is so nice and soothing.

The new CD is finished. Just needs a little mixin' it is sweet luv ya cc

A Tribute To Women of Jazz - August 29, 2007

My next project is in the mix. It will take you through the history of jazz from the female performers point of view. Please save April 26, 2008 more to come..

New CD in the works - March 26, 2007

OK so I decided to start my new CD project on my birthday..The tracs are down, there is some smooth sax happening on six cuts..and I will tighten up the vocals tomorrow 3.27.07 The first tune we laid sounded so good it scared me at first. Stay tuned.cc

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