Cabaret Jazz: NANCY SIMMONS JACKSON Fri April 17th 2015 8pm

The theme for tonight's concert is 

"Divas of Jazz 
and Blues"

Tickets: $15
 $8 for students
 $5 for past performers



“Nancy Simmons is a veteran singer whose impressive technique and command of a wide range of styles have made her a respected member of the Asheville music community. Her skills as a songwriter, pianist and leader of church choirs make her one of the most versatile vocal coaches in the area. From opera to soul, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge, commitment and personal experience to the table.” ~ Dr. William Bares, UNCA Jazz Studies



Nancy Simmons and husband James Simmons moved to Asheville from Arizona a couple of years ago and quickly found a home in the musical community, she as a sought-after singer, pianist, songwriter, vocal coach and choir director, he as an in-demand player of both upright and electric bass.
Nancy Jackson Simmons grew up in Canton, Ohio, surrounded by the music of masters like Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and the Beatles. Not surprisingly, she characterizes herself as a “genre jumper” who dislikes being pigeonholed. Her performing experience ranges from opera to soul, although her current sound is rooted in jazz.

For many years she and her husband ran Chuys, a Tempe, Arizona, music club that was renowned as an after hours hangout for the best musicians in the area. At one memorable session, she played until the wee hours with the late great bassist Jaco Pastorius and Mike Stern, running through every Joni Mitchell song in their joint repertoires. Jaco advised her to “remain childlike” in her approach to music, an outlook she took to heart, even naming her band Green Eggs & Nan after her favorite childhood read.

Nancy’s four-octave range serves her well in the vocally playful and passionate sensibility she brings to her interpretations. She displays natural soulfulness, inventive phrasing and and a sultry tone that goes to the emotional heart of each song.