Doris has been making music from the time that she could speak. As a child she taught herself to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. Throughout her youth she dreamed of a career, but held off fulfilling her ambition until she had raised three sons. In 1963, piano player Saul Lucas invited her to sit in with him on weekends, opening the door to a singing career that continues to this day. Doris has sung with the best musicians on Cleveland’s jazz scene, including the renowned pianist “Ace” Carter after he retired from the Count Basie Orchestra. She has also performed with Hank Geer at Sammy’s, Skeets Ross, Buddy Griebel, Pete Selvaggio and Buddy Sullivan to name a few. Doris was the featured vocalist of The Musical Theater Project’s very first Song is You! concert in 2002. For the past 6 years her Friday night trio has featured two of Cleveland’s finest musicians, pianist Joe Hunter and bassist Dallas Coffey. Due to the popularity of her CD release, Doris began performing on Saturday nights as well.
Her debut CD release Long Overdue is a 17 song collection of Great American Songbook standards that delivers a smooth finish that lingers long after the final notes have been heard. Joining her on the CD you will find Cleveland’s most in demand jazz musicians.Joe Hunter, Dallas Coffey, Val Kent and Al Fuller do a wonderful job allowing Doris’ vocals to shine on the new release.
LONG OVERDUE by Doris Long CD Reviewed by Greg Cielec
Doris Long has been singing jazz and standards around town since 1963. She has performed with a who’s who of the local music scene, with long running stints at such great places out of the past as Sammy’s and the Theatrical. It is amazing she has never put out a solo recording before, and her recently released Long Overdue is appropriately titled.
Long Overdue finds Doris Long backed by some great local musicians, including Joe Hunter on piano, Dallas Coffey on bass, Val Kent on drums, and Al Fuller on sax. The seventeen cuts on the disk are all standards done the right way, with arrangements that not only let Long’s vocals shine, but also the musicianship of the band behind her