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Cocoa Martini

Cocoa Martini Vocalist Trio Lights Up Seattle Jazz Scene

Cocoa Martini is a popular jazz ensemble featuring three exceptional Northwest vocalists -- Kimberly Reason, Karen Shivers, and Kay Bailey -- nominated for Earshot Jazz's prestigious Golden Ear Award for 2009 Northwest Vocalist of the Year.

Backed by Bill Anschell on piano, Bernie Jacobs on the flute and saxophone, Chris Clark on bass, and Greg Williamson on drums, the talented Seattle-area women deliver an engaging, dynamic repertoire of straight-ahead jazz, pop, R&B and gospel music in alluring ensemble harmonies and distinctive solo performances rooted in swing, blues, and bossa nova traditions.

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Cocoa Martini: Unique, elegant jazz vocals by Hugo Kugiya, Seattle Times

Cocoa Martini ” three Seattle women who made the switch to vocal jazz in midcareer ” sing at the Triple Door Dec. 13.

The concept behind the vocal jazz group Cocoa Martini seems both familiar and novel, three women who sing songs that most of us know well, backed by a quartet.

When performing, the three singers, who straddle age 50, dress in elegant, evening dresses and take turns singing most of the songs, harmonizing on about a third of them, taking care in between to joke, address the audience and talk about their experience with the music.

Familiar, because the formula is tried and true and the songs easy to connect with

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