Eileen Howard is one of those rare entertainers with the sensitivity and flair to deeply evoke the human condition in her work. She’s received accolades and awards as a singer, songwriter, and actress. Eileen is active on the jazz scene as a noted vocalist and interpreter of the American Songbook. She’s also received acclaim as a gifted songwriter, most notably for an album of contemporary spirituals.
But no other album in the New York City-based vocalist’s impressive two-decade, five-album music career embodies her total artistry as her latest, Blues in the Green Room.
Her first blues album feels like a genre classic—it’s a live album of thoughtfully chosen blues standards and revelatory obscurities. Eileen’s grace and humor as a performer is on full display here, from her sweet-as-molasses vocals to her between-song witty and insightful vignettes. The main qualification for singing the blues is life experience, and Eileen’s life has been quite an adventure. She’s moved 36 times and lived all over the world. As a child, she lived in the epicenter of Civil Rights movement in Chicago’s inner city ghetto and actually marched with Dr. King. She grew up in a radical leftist religious organization. And she’s been married for 35 years and raised two kids....