Friday, January 29, 2010

Gina Saputo live @ Steamers tonite!

TONITE! January 29, 8:30P-1A $8
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

Jazz vocalist, Gina Saputo (pictured above by Christine Doumet), returns to Steamers this FRI night . The Eugene, Oregon born singer began her musical training at the age of seven in the prestigious Oregon Children's Choir. She has been recognized in Oregon's All State Choir, the All Northwest Choir, USC's Concert and University chorus, and the world famous Oregon Bach Festival Youth Academy Choir.
Gina was introduced to jazz by her father and quickly developed a passion for the genre.

She was, and still is, hooked on the vocals of Carmen McRae, Ernestine Anderson, Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald. Gina started her professional jazz career at 16, fronting her own group, the Gina Saputo Jazz Quartet. This group played numerous gigs in Eugene's top jazz clubs and restaurants. She has been featured with Mike Denny and the University of Oregon Music Faculty All Stars, the SHS big band, the James Tarpinian trio, Group Therapy, with Shelly Berg and Frank Potenza, and the Chris Wong trio.

Gina relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She is now a junior in the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. Currently, she is a vocal student of Carmen Bradford, Jennifer Barnes and Tierney Sutton. She is also in the Studio Vocal Jazz ensemble at USC, a participant in the Jazz Outreach program, and hosts her own jazz show on KSCR radio. She has also sung backup vocals for Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Neenna Freelon, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Driscoll and Louie Bellson.

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