Shirley Crabbe

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: February 18, 1963    

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
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Self Produced (2011)

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Nov16 Shirley Crabbe
Union Arts Center
Sparkill, NY

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”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...

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationOrangeburg, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundManhattan School of Music, Northwestern University School of Music

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