7:00 pm Buy Tickets
Home for the Holidays
Dynamic North Coast Jazz Vocalist in Special Soul Jazz Holiday Show!
Featuring: Shirley Cook-Vocals, Eddie Baccus Sr.-Hammond B-3 Organ, Cecil Rucker-Vibes, Billy Artis-Guitar, & Perry Williams III-Drums.
Shirley Cook is a jazz vocalist with a style deeply rooted in the Blues and rousing gospel music. Cook has long had a romance with music and singing, that was first inspired by her father's side of the family who were gospel singers.
Born in Stotesbury, West Virginia, Ms. Cook moved to Cleveland with her family when she was 2 years old. By the time she was eleven, she was singing in a gospel ensemble with her aunts, the Cook Singers, who performed for church and social functions. Throughout her teen years and into adulthood, Cook continued to sing in church choirs with her aunts.
Ms. Cook officially began her professional jazz singing career in 1983. She worked with some of Cleveland's most notable jazz musicians including Carl "Ace" Carter, the first pianist to work with the Basie Orchestra after the count's death. Ace Carter provided Cook with her first work, and with invaluable insights into jazz and show business. Organist Eddie Baccus Sr., who is noted for working with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, has supported Cook since 1984. Shirley has performed extensively with Peter Dominguez, Hank Geer, Willie Smith, Neal Creaque, Lawrence" Jacktown" Jackson, Greg Bandy, Teddy Pantelas, Ray Miller and Reggie Pittman to name a few.
Ms. Cook's style is subtle and relaxed, in a manner much like Carmen McRae's. Her early inspiration began when a friend Tim Swan lent her some albums by Billie Holiday; this opened Ms. Cook up to such inspiring sin