Music: The OTHER Universal Language!

Audrey Shakir was born into a musical family in Cleveland, Ohio – her mother was a great pianist, organist and vocal coach, and her father, whose idol was Billy Eckstine, loved to sing. Although she began her professional career as a pianist in a group that played the tunes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and others, eventually Audrey started leaning towards Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, all the while adding singing to her playing talents, with the vocal influences of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams and Jon Hendricks.

After moving to New York, she was introduced to pianist extraordinaire, Barry Harris, and began studying with him. She soon started playing the New York scene and became a regular performer at The Village Gate in addition to numerous dates at Town Hall, the Apollo Theater, Tavern on the Green and Jazz at Lincoln Center among many others. Audrey relocated to Atlanta in the late 1980’s, where she quickly established herself as the city’s most prominent jazz vocalist. She has performed at numerous Atlanta Jazz Festivals among her sold out appearances at every jazz club in Georgia’s capital city. Heralded as the finest scat singer since the great Ella Fitzgerald, she’s been featured in many articles about the Atlanta arts scene and is in high demand to entertain throughout the southeast. Over the years, Audrey has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Johnny O’Neal, Pharaoh Sanders, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, Ted Howe, Joe Gransden, Tom Kennedy, Howard Paul, Dimitri Vassilakis, Kevin Bales, and many other notable musicians. Her CD, “If You Could See Me Now” for Hot Shoe Records, allowed her to put her own unique vocal signature on a diverse selection of standards and jazz classics. She is currently developing a new album adapting her jazz influences to contemporary tunes. Truly a world-class performer, Audrey Shakir continues to entertain audiences with her remarkable talents, both in Atlanta and beyond. Audrey will demonstrate that music is an art form that transcends language barriers, allowing emotions to be shared collectively and without words.

 

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