With a warm full voice and passionate overtones, Cynthia Eytina (formerly known as Cynthia Bostic) made a name for herself performing alongside some of the most talented musicians on the New York jazz scene in the 1990’s, including Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Eddie Henderson, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Arturo O’Farrill, Stephen Scott, Justin Robinson, and Gil Coggins (pianist for Miles Davis) just to name a few. Cynthia has a BFA degree in Jazz Performance and has studied with Andy Bey, Sheila Jordan, Ann Marie Moss, Nancy Marano, Badiene Magaziner and Harolyn Blackwell.
After enrolling in a jazz workshop at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in the early 1990's, Cynthia found herself immersed in classic jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. She also attended the workshops of bebop jazz legend Barry Harris and began to perform regularly at late-night jam sessions. This provided her with opportunities to jam with some of the most talented musicians on the New York jazz scene at that time. These encounters lead to weekly Monday night performances at the famed Village Gate and an appearance with The Harper Brothers band during an engagement at Condon's.
Cynthia also worked, for two years, with the prolific composer and bassist Bill Lee (father of film maker Spike Lee) who often referred to her as his head trumpeter” and was the original vocalist for “Bill Lee and the Natural Spiritual Orchestra”. Around this time, she also worked with baritone saxophonist Fred Ho, performing excerpts from his action-adventure opera Warrior Sisters as an ensemble cast member. Looking to further develop her musicianship, Cynthia auditioned for Ron Carter one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history and other faculty members of The City College of New York and was accepted into the Jazz Program. During this time, she was showcased at the Birdland Jazz Club as an up-and-coming jazz vocalist and also had the opportunity to perform with legendary percussionist Max Roach and his quartet.