Tell Me This Day Won't End
"Fabulous CD....as if the selection of these classics isn't enough, you will be seduced by the styling these two talented women give to each. What one does with her voice the other does with the piano. You'll be forced to choose a new favorite each time you listen. All I can say is 'How can they really top this?' We're already looking forward to their next collaboration." Jim Perry Carroll and Matthews started working together a little more than a year ago, combined their varied backgrounds and compiled a jazz album with a fresh take on several standards and brought back some rarely-recorded extraordinary tunes. They were elated when renowned bassist Steve Gilmore, who learned his trade from the likes of Ray Brown agreed to play on the album along with a stellar group of musicians including Steve Ferry on drums, Victor Payano on saxophone and Don Johnson on trumpet. Sharon Carroll is a classically trained vocalist and theatre actress who started dabbling in jazz in her college days with gifted pianist Jeremy Beck from New York City's Rural Free Delivery Band (also available on CDBaby). She spent a number of years doing professional theatre, on-camera work, directing and teaching. Sharon is a graduate of Troy University, was a finalist in the Savannah Onstage vocal competition and she is a member of Actor's Equity Association. Using her three octave range she has performed roles such as Maria in The Sound of Music at the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, Kathie in the operetta, The Student Prince in South Florida's Golden Apple, and Luisa in The Fantasticks at Seaside Repertory Theatre under the direction of Kim Moore from the Sullivan Street cast. Other favorite roles are Catherine in Proof, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Babe in Crimes of the Heart. She now performs in the Florida Panhandle with Ms. Matthews and a host of talented regional musicians. She also sings with the Swing Set Big Band and the Swing Shift Jazz Band. Amanda Matthews is from Atlanta, Georgia where she was a frequent guest with the Jerry Lambert Trio at the Ritz Carlton, she performed at Callenwolde, Atlanta Symphony Showhouse, Fox Theater, and was the keyboardist for the Atlanta Braves Band. In 2001, she made her European debut, performing both classical and jazz concerts in Bad Aussee, Austria. She has a degree in piano performance from Georgia State University. She moved to Panama City, Florida in 2005 and is the music teacher at Northside Elementary School. She is active in the Gulf Jazz Society, performs at local venues, and teaches jazz improvisation at the summer piano camp at Gulf Coast Community College. She has two solo piano CD's, 'Classical Piano' and 'Illumination.' Sharon and Amanda recently appeared at the annual Jazz By The Bay Festival and were honored when asked to perform with acclaimed Atlanta trumpeter and vocalist, Joe Gransden.