Roger Cairns

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 4, 1946    

Roger Cairns started singing at a very early age and hasn’t stopped since. He sang at his aunt’s wedding when he was three years old. He sang in the church choir. Every year, he sang at the local residents association Christmas party. He sang at school and was 12 when he was awarded the Robert Burns Prize for excellence in the singing of Scottish songs. That’s what Roger knew, that’s what he loved, and that’s what he decided he was going to do when he turned 9: he was going to become a singer.

Flash forward 50 years and Roger is in Los Angeles, California, singing with a 20-piece jazz orchestra. His musical path out of the Scottish projects was circuitous, to say the least: it took him from crawling over English rooftops installing television antennas to delivering refreshments to the Beatles; from taking helicopter trips to North Sea oilrigs to organizing outdoor stunt spectaculars in Saudi Arabia, from impromptu visits by the KGB to the birth of his three children. And yet, though life frequently got in the way and Roger had to put his musical career on hold several times over the years, never did any of his experiences feed his soul the way music did and nothing ever replaced his love of singing....
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… Cairns is a master of all. … a seasoned professional who has put in his countless hours of singing, performing and truly being there. You can hear it in his phrasing and his honest and sincere delivery of each lyric, hitting the emotional core of each song. … few vocalists can convey such vulnerability and strength at the same time. - Geannine Reid,

His vocals offer a glimpse of emotion wrapped in a timeless quality… - J Edward Sumerau,

… has a voice that reminds me of classic crooners like Mel Torme, Johnny Hartman. - Jeffrey Siegel,

Everything Roger sings is in his own voice with its own level of appeal and familiarity. … an excellent example of what vocal jazz used to be about. ” Sheldon T. Nunn,

Roger Cairns has a natural sense of comfort that helps him fit in nicely as a jazz vocalist … is not interested in singing the same old same old. ” Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz.

… hints of Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Chet Baker, and even Billie Holiday in Cairns' polished phrasing (there is no law stating that male singers can't be influenced by Lady Day). … his smooth, charismatic performances are consistently enjoyable, … male vocalists are a minority in today's jazz world, and Cairns shows himself to be an expressive part of that minority. ”

Cairns sheds any fear and belts out dynamic vocals with precise arrangements. Nice. ” J.Sin,

… when you think you have heard it all, Roger Cairns takes a somewhat retro take … without trying to imitate or do a synthetic throwback … and does it well enough to distinguish himself from a very competitive market. ” Nicholas Sheffo,

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