Shirley Crabbe

Born: February 18, 1963    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Shirley Crabbe

Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe sings songs that speak to the heart. As a teenager, Shirley was inspired by a performance of Ella Fitzgerald singing the song “A Tisket, A Tasket” in an old Abbot and Costello movie. “I’ve always had a passion for singing, but when I heard Ella sing, I knew that “jazz singing” was what I really wanted to do.” Following her passion, Shirley pursued her dreams first to Illinois to earn a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and then back home to New York, to study Voice at the distinguished Manhattan School of Music (MSM). During the day she studied classical music uptown at MSM, but in the evening, she traveled downtown to sing jazz in the clubs...
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2010 Top 5 Finalist NY Jazz Mobile Best of the Best Vocal Competition; 2009 Arts Council of Rockland Performing Artist Award; Stanton Bronze Medal Winner: American Traditions Vocal Competition
”Armed with classical training from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, a passion for jazz and a second chance, Shirley Crabbe is the newest songbird to arrive on the jazz scene, coming Home with a well-conceived and highly-engaging debut sure to propel this gifted artist to a new level of attention”. — Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

“Crabbe sings with soulful aplomb, investing the lyric with a mournful and deeply knowing emotionality.” — Nick Bewsey - Jazz in Space

“Vocalist Shirley Crabbe has a big, wide-open optimistic style that's reminiscent of a young, excited Sarah Vaughan. This is a gorgeous album from a lovely singer”… — Marc Meyers,

“Crabbe's very attractive voice and her ability to convey the essence of a lyric make her a jazz vocalist you want to hear again and again. Her second CD can't come soon enough”. — Scott Albin - Jazz Times

...”warm, upbeat and on the money throughout. Tasty stuff well worth checking into”. —Midwest Record

“It is refreshing to listen to a 'pure' standard-setting jazz singer who adamantly eschews the use of vocal histrionics to 'get over,' instead relying on the best writers, committed musicians, and her own pristine talent. Jazz music is richer to have a vocalist of such high caliber as Shirley Crabbe...” —

Home (MaiSong Music & Entertainment, 2011) Track Listing: Luck To Be Me; You Taught My Heart To Sing; Home; Seasons; Detour Ahead; Strong Man; Not While I'm Around; So Far Away; Summertime. Personnel: Shirley Crabbe: vocals; Jim West: piano; Donald Vega: piano (2, 3, 9); John Burr: bass; Alvester Garnett: drums; Brandon Lee: trumpet (7); Dave Glasser: alto saxophone, flute; Matt Haviland: trombone

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Orangeburg, NY

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Intermediate to advanced students

Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University School of Music

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    Home by Edward Blanco
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Featured recording “Home”

Self Produced (2011)

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