Primary Instrument: Vocal
Doris has been making music from the time that she could speak. As a child she taught herself to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. Throughout her youth she dreamed of a career, but held off fulfilling her ambition until she had raised three sons. In 1963, piano player Saul Lucas invited her to sit in with him on weekends, opening the door to a singing career that continues to this day. Doris has sung with the best musicians on Cleveland’s jazz scene, including the renowned pianist “Ace” Carter after he retired from the Count Basie Orchestra. She has also performed with Hank Geer at Sammy’s, Skeets Ross, Buddy Griebel, Pete Selvaggio and Buddy Sullivan to name a few. Doris was the featured vocalist of The Musical Theater Project’s very first Song is You! concert in 2002. For the past 6 years her Friday night trio has featured two of Cleveland’s finest musicians, pianist Joe Hunter and bassist Dallas Coffey. Due to the popularity of her CD release, Doris began performing on Saturday nights as well.
Her debut CD release Long Overdue is a 17 song collection of Great American Songbook standards that delivers a smooth finish that lingers long after the final notes have been heard. Joining her on the CD you will find Cleveland’s most in demand jazz musicians.Joe Hunter, Dallas Coffey, Val Kent and Al Fuller do a wonderful job allowing Doris’ vocals to shine on the new release.
Doris can be found performing on Friday and Saturday nights at the Waterbury Coach House in Lakewood, Ohio from 7 to 10:30pm. FREE.