Talkin' all that jazz

Vocalist Sue Carney recently finished a 23-year run as a composer, music director and performer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Audiences have heard her as part of the festival's Green Show. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the award-winning Terra Nova Consort, which tours internationally and has recordings that have been released in 57 countries. The consort's appearances in the United States are heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

Carney is exploring new projects and reaching even wider audiences. She will be performing scat singing and classic jazz Sunday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at Avalon Bar and Grill, 105 W. Valley View Road, Talent. This two-night run will include the backing of Opus — with Michael Vannice. Opus — includes David Scoggin, piano; Jim Calhoun, bass; and Theresa McCoy, drums. Vannice will be on saxophones and clarinet.

Before becoming involved in early and ethnic styles, Carney was a musician in L.A., performing in a variety of styles, on several instruments and in a variety of venues. Jazz, symphonic, pop, musical theatre and ethnic music all attracted her interest. As a youngster, she played in pit orchestras, also working as a conductor. Her professional career began at the age of 14, when she began gigging as a jazz bassist.

Carney says her vocal influences have included many of the great jazz singers &

Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae among others. She also listened to many great horn players. Having first developed as an instrumentalist, only later turning her attention to voice, Carney is considered an all-around musician.

Carney has created her own company, Under the Wave Productions, which will include the publication of her compositions, promoting her vocal work, as well as other aspects of her musical endeavors.

The cover charge for the Avalon performances is $12. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 512-8864.

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