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Jazz singer Marion Cowings is a native New Yorker. His smooth baritone voice and considerable range has been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Mentored by the legendary Jon Hendricks, Cowings is a master of scat and vocal technique. He has appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and as well as many prestigious venues abroad. Currently Cowings performs regularly at Small Jazz Club in the West Village.
Cowings grew up in the South Bronx where his father was a merchant and his mother taught public school. He attended Music and Art (now LaGuardia High School), where he was chosen to perform as a solo vocalist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. In the same year, at the age of fifteen, Cowings discovered the bebop group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. While still in high school, his classmate Eddie Gomez (now a formidable bassist and Bill Evans collaborator) played with Jon Hendricks and spoke highly of Cowings. Hendricks called Cowings and said “I hear you’re doing my stuff…. meet me outside Birdland and we’ll talk.” Soon afterward Hendricks set up Cowings’ first professional engagement at the Randall’s Island Jazz Festival with “Little Pony” Poindextor and the Ike Isaac’s Trio. He also began to understudy Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and eventually became Dave Lambert’s original replacement.
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