Born: March 27, 1976 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
A QUICK HERSTORY: Belinda Underwood's first exposures to music occurred five nights a week while she was captive in her jazz-pianist-mother's womb. With birth, the nightly exposure continued while she napped under the piano in a car seat.
After a childhood of violin lessons, harp lessons, orchestras and choirs, music became her choice when she fell in love with the upright bass at age sixteen. In high school she traveled as a bass player (on scholarship) to Australia with the Monterey Jazz Festival Honor Band, and in college she played and traveled with the UC Berkeley Wednesday Band. Singing professionally didn't occur to her until years later when she was playing the bass at the Jazzschool in Berkeley....
Belinda says: "Underwood Uncurling" is my debut jazz album [featuring] Six jazz standards and six of my compositions. I sing all of them and play the bass on three of them (and ukulele on one!). The other musicians are John Gross (tenor sax), Dan Balmer (guitar), David Friesen (Hamage bass), Airto Moreira (drums and percussion), Clay Giberson (piano), Phil Baker (bass), Martin Zarzar (drums and percussion), Chad Wagner (piano), and Jason Levis (drums). Note: Track 12 is a duet with David Friesen (missing from booklet).
Tracks: 1 Born To Be Blue; 2 Uncurling; 3 Trees; 4 Later Baby; 5 How Deep Is The Ocean; 6 World Peace Blues; 7 Say My Name; 8 You're Everything; 9 You Don't Know What Love Is; 10 Unspoken Thought; 11 Invitation; 12 There Will Never Be Another You.
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