Shirley Crabbe

Shirley Crabbe

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: New York City

Crabbe sings with soulful aplomb, investing the lyric with a mournful and deeply knowing emotionality.
—Nick Bewsey, Jazz in Space

Updated: August 2, 2019

Born: February 18, 1963

Native New Yorker and 2019 New York Bistro Award winner, Shirley Crabbe has been hailed as possessing a voice that “must surely appeal to all who love good jazz singing.” Her “almost Ella Fitzgerald–like vibe glows…” says Downbeat Magazine's John Ephland on her 2011 debut recording HOME featuring the legendary saxophonist Houston Person. Her 2018 Top 50 album BRIDGES (2018) has received rave reviews and spotlights her collaborations with renowned pianists Donald Vega, and David Budway. Shirley has been a guest on syndicated radio programs such as “Jazz Inspired” hosted by Judy Carmichael, and Steve Cuden's “StoryBeat” to name a few, and currently performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert series in the US. She is the recipient of the 2009 Rockland County Executive Performing Artist Award, 2008 Stanton Bronze Medalist at the American Traditions Vocal Competition. In 2010, she was a top 5 finalist at Jazzmobile’s “Best of the Best” Jazz Vocalist Competition held in New York City. Shirley holds music degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University.


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”Armed with classical training from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, a passion for jazz and a second chance, Shirley Crabbe is the newest songbird to arrive on the jazz scene, coming Home with a well-conceived and highly- engaging debut sure to propel this gifted artist to a new level of attention”. — Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

“Crabbe sings with soulful aplomb, investing the lyric with a mournful and deeply knowing emotionality.” — Nick Bewsey - Jazz in Space

“Vocalist Shirley Crabbe has a big, wide-open optimistic style that's reminiscent of a young, excited Sarah Vaughan

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University School of Music

Mark Patterson Mark Patterson

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