Friday, June 21, 2019
Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room $25
Michelle Walker is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone but has develop her own unique sound and singular voice.
In fact, Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality...” Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, Michelle is a charismatic singer that uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul with playful rhythmic expressiveness.
Based in New York City, she bends the lines and pushes the boundaries of jazz vocal art. With rich colors and adventurous flexibility, she moves easily from a dark, deep tone to a mid-range, swinging lilt. Michelle is very versatile and blessed with a beautifully distinctive voice.
Her artful arrangements are garnishing her critical praise, and she’s performed in the Lincoln Center Women in Jazz Festival, toured with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, and sang at the White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.