My family has always been very musical. I've always been surrounded by live music, education and art. The family traveled to small towns with my musician father playing at dances in the sixties. He played boogie woogie piano, bluegrass and country music on the guitar. I went to jams with him at the neighbors house and I always looked forward to every moment when he picked up the guitar or sat at the piano. My Mom was in the local theatre group and sang in musicals. I remember that my favorite was The Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes. I had all the words to all the tunes memorized
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Vocalist DJ Sweeney’s quote on myspace.com sums it up, “I love jazz more
than anything!” This waitress cum jazz singer hit the ground running last
August when she debuted her self-titled CD at Jardine’s Jazz Club. Since
then, she has steadily picked up her performance pace, gigging at 12
Baltimore, The Melting Pot, The Peachtree Restaurant, and others. Her
repertoire of standards done in a classic style that should delight traditional
straight-ahead jazz fans. “Standards are timeless. They’re beautiful and
people love them now and will love them when I’m seventy. I’m going for
longevity here,” Sweeney laughs.
You’re only as good as your band in this business, and Sweeney has picked