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A Tribute to Women Who Wrote Jazz, Blues, Soul! featuring EVALINA EVERIDGE and Friends Fri Sept 16 2016 at 8pm

Tickets $15


A Tribute to Women Who Wrote Jazz, Blues, Soul!

jazz/blues vocalist


along with

singer/songwriter Darlyne Cain
blues chanteuse
Peggy Ratusz
vocalist Gwendolyn Olympia Adams-Garrett
new on the scene vocalist Peggy Swain
renowned jazz pianist and composer Richard Shulman
multi genre singer and bassist Cary Fridley
and mega accomplished drummer/percussionist Robin Borthwick

Women have contributed enormously to songwriting in the past 120 or so years, and have written popular songs and jazz since these forms first began to take shape in the late l9th century. They not only serve as an inspiration, but as a reminder of how difficult it was for women to get equal time and recognition in virtually every aspect of music making— composition being no exception. Although many of these women songwriters have been neglected, their songs continue to enrich the American songbook.

Evalina Everidge is a torch singer in the timeless old school tradition. Her sultry vocal stylings evoke a soft embrace and her smooth delivery swings! While the musical influences reflected in her sound range from Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Blossom Dearie, and Sarah Vaughn, to Maria Maldaur and Bonnie Raitt, make no mistake, her vocal style is her own.

Her love for jazz started from the crib when her uncle serenaded her on trumpet with jazz ballad lullabies! Throughout her childhood she performed songs at parties and family gatherings from the Great American Songbook and Blues and Big Band records that filled her home. By the time she was a young adult, you could find her in coffee houses from D.C to Berkeley, NYC to Amsterdam, performing folk tunes and music of the times; she subsequently joined an all-girl R&B/Rock band.

Ms. Everidge went on to express herself in musical theater and worked for a decade as half of a Roots and Blues duo in South Florida. After an extended hiatus she has at last come full circle, back to her first love, embracing once again the timeless music of the Jazz and Blues Divas. You can find her performing at venues throughout WNC and bringing her audiences along in the celebration!

"Your whole thing is happening. You sing too good!"
Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master, about Evalina

"Her voice sounds like an angel that drank a little too much bourbon." Reverbnation fan

"…..a gift to the Asheville Jazz community, Evalina has a passion for expressing the sentiments of her favorite composers and lyricists with a voice that carries their melodies and phrases to heightened places! With a confident and natural stage presence, the feelings she conjures, whether forlorn, joyful, sexy or soulful, will have you wanting more while at the same time, feeling satisfied. The way she turns a phrase the fact that her voice is unique to the scene is more than enough reason to check out this chick!"
   ---Peggy Ratusz