Born: October 30, 1950 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Born and raised in Nebraska, one day Carolyn Lee Jones hopped on a bus with 21 suitcases and boxes, $200, her best friend and went to Dallas, Texas. Her first career was in retailing as a buyer traveling the world. Her travels gave her opportunities to perform and to meet other musicians.
Always wanting to be a professional singer, a few years ago, she decided it was now or never. So she threw herself a birthday party hired a six-piece band--two gown changes--and sang for two hours. She had the good fortune of meeting Julie Bonk, a great pianist and musician. Julie was Norah Jones' jazz piano teacher in Dallas. She led the band and, as the story goes, the party was a success and a new singer and performer was born.
Since that time, she has performed jazz in a variety of New York City Cabarets, various venues and private parties from Paris to NYC and, of course, her home base in Dallas.
She recently released her first jazz CD, Bon Appetit in November, 2008.
Source: Carolyn Lee Jones
September 2009 �� Jazz Times �� Christopher Loudon “Jones attacks each song with the vigor of a wildcatter yet maintains a dusky undercurrent that drips with sensuality”
July 2011 �� Senior Arts Study Society �� Bill Martin “ Carolyn Lee Jones had a dream �� to become a jazz singer… perhaps it was determination and innate talent …like all top musicians, Carolyn has decided to not just take victory laps from this point forward…”
April 2009 �� JAZZIZ Magazine �� ON DISC “The kickoff track to vocalist Carolyn Lee Jones’ Bon Appetit! sets the palate for an intimate set of straight-a-head jazz…hip selections...swinging side dish …superb accompaniment.”
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