Primary Instrument: Vocal
“What’s rare is to come upon an artist with as much talent and taste as Christina Crerar…” (Samuel Chell, AllAboutJazz.com). Breezy, bright and deserving of wider recognition, Crerar certainly knows the tradition but is more than willing to inject her own spirit and inspiration into the familiar as well as rarely heard gems. While she is steeped in the rhythms, melodies and lyrics of the 1920s to the 1950s, Crerar is not about to neglect modern tunes that sing true to her.
As a vocalist, Christina Crerar’s resume brims with versatility she blends influences from her performances with jazz groups of all sizes and traditions, musical theatre, contemporary opera, pop and cabaret into her unique sound, creating a presence that seems magically familiar but unquestionably her own.
Christina Crerar has begun receiving acclaim for her new jazz vocal CD entitled Little Jazz Bird. The disc is a collection of updated standards and lesser-known gems. Currently being played on radio stations in the US and Japan, it has sold world-wide including Japan, Spain, England, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal and Germany. Supported by top-notch instrumentalists and inventive arrangements, Christina is a singer you don't want to miss.
In addition to performing, Christina is a private voice teacher/vocal coach with a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University, Washington DC and certification in Somatic Voicework, the Lovetri Method from Shenandoah University. She is currently accepting new students of all ages and levels.
-Samuel Chell - 2006 Top 10 Recordings, 10 Best New Releases
Christina Crerar’s Little Jazz Bird is a constant joy. The singer’s repertoire is inspired. “Little Jazz Bird,” “Thou Swell,” “An Occasional Man,” “Solid Potato Salad,” “Down With Love,” “No Moon At All” and “Give Me The Simple Life” are the type of songs with their unique lyrics that today’s singers should be reviving. The well-conceived arrangements and frameworks throughout Little Jazz Bird keep listeners guessing and the material ranges from a wordless version of Johnny Mandel’s Hershey Bar” and a vocal-bass duet on “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” to “Waters Of March” and three songs that utilize a trio of horns. The musicianship by the Virginia-based musicians...is top-notch. But best of all is the singing of Christina Crerar. She has a very attractive, flexible and versatile voice. She is perfectly in-tune, interprets lyrics as if she believes the words, is expert at hitting just the right note for the right time, and can improvise with the best. In the old days, she would be a natural for a major label. Little Jazz Bird is one of the finest jazz vocal albums of recent times and is available from www.littlejazzbird.com.
- Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
These days there's hardly a shortage of aspiring female songbirds or recordings that document their efforts. What's rare is to come upon an artist with as much talent and taste as Christina Crerar and an album as carefully conceived, produced, and executed as this one.
Little Jazz Bird
1. Little Jazz Bird
2. Thou Swell
3. Occasional Man
4. If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow
5. But Not For Me
6. Solid Potato Salad
7. Down With Love
8. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
9. No Moon At All
10. Hershey Bar
11. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
12. Waters Of March
13. Give Me The Simple Life
14. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
Christina Crerar - vocals
Jeff Antoniuk, saxophone
Tom Baldwin, bass
Mike Crotty, flute
Jim McFalls, trombone
Robert Redd, piano
Geoff Reecer, guitar
Dominic Smith, drums
Tom Williams, trumpet
Produced by Alan Baylock
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