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Singer/pianist Jo Thompson, born in Detroit, Michigan, has appeared on television and in swank nightclubs that have taken her all over the world. London, Paris, Madrid, Havana, Montreal, Hollywood, Miami and New York, are only a few of the cities that have hosted her talents. She has performed in such notable nightspots as San Souci in Cuba, The Keyboard Club in Beverly Hills, California, Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, Cafe Society, and Michael's Pub in New York. The Stork Room in London, England, and Ciro's in Miami.

Jo Thompson's successes have included such achievements as having jazz great, Lionel Hampton, present her one- woman show to benefit her late husband's scholarship fund, the Albert Dunmore Journalism Scholarship at New York's internationally acclaimed, Carnegie Hall. After performing to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Thompson was summoned to do her one-woman show in a “Command Performance” for the Queen, the “Queen of Soul Music,” that is, Aretha Franklin! Also, after being away from the Manhattan club scene for more than 30 years, she was held over for five weeks at New York's legendary nightclub Michaels Pub. Other club successes include gaining new fans from appearances at such noted New York night spots as Eighty-Eights, The Supper Club and Tavern On The Green.

The reviews from the New York City press proved that JoThompson is a captivating and impressive talent. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote she has a “thumping vitality” and a “robust sense of humor.” He added, “stylistically, Ms.Thompson's singing falls somewhere between the blues of Alberta Hunter and the more open- hearted rhythm and blues of Ruth Brown.”

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Album Forever Fabulous by Jo Thompson

Forever Fabulous

Jazz Jewels
2010

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Album Slender, Tender and Tall by Jo Thompson

Slender, Tender and...

Panda digital
2002

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