Joyride: Life in the Jazz Lane
'With three albums to her credit, Cheryl Fisher is already recognized as one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz.' Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2001 Jazz vocalist Cheryl Fisher is one of those rare artists who, as soon as she begins to sing, transforms the room and turns a chatty crowd into a rapt audience. Her commanding stage presence, assurance and vocal mastery transcend artistic mediums. Cheryl is as comfortable performing in a small intimate setting as she is outdoors or in large concert halls. 'Cheryl is an exotic bird, perhaps the closest female singer yet to a mellow trumpet, and has a feeling for rhythm few singers share...It's the same kind of excitement that Miles created with the most ordinary of tunes..' Bill Somers - Jazz Notes 'She dives into each song in an emotive fashion that slowly ripples outward, embracing the listener' James Muretich - Calgary Herald 'Cheryl Fisher embodies the essence of jazz vocal. She has a smooth, swingin' style wrapped in an apparently strong grasp of melody and jazz theory. Each phrase, line and solo is flawless. I've heard a lot of vocal albums but this one is the best I've heard this year' R.Romus - Jazz Now 'She's a real jazz singer with a sultry, bluesy sound capable of working through the intricate melodies...as well as belting out sassy numbers...in a direct 'take no prisoners' style' Jerome Wilson - Cadence '...ultimately her music in general has a universal appeal which steps outside and around the generic boundaries of category and formula, into authenticity' Robert Faust - VOX 'Cheryl Fisher has a great voice!...warm, rich, full-bodied' Paul Horn 'She will play with a melody in a way that makes you wonder why nobody has ever phrased it in that manner before...you immediately realize you're in the presence of a musician for whom singing jazz is as natural as breathing' Earl Okin - Jazz on CD, London 'The discovery for me was the band's vocalist, Cheryl Fisher...she has a beautiful voice and that special feel for a tune that enables her to bring it alive' Jim Goatham - Crescendo International, London 'Cheryl Fisher is one of the greatest jazz singers we've ever produced in this country.' Vicki Gabereau Cheryl Fisher is one of those rare artists who, as soon as she begins to sing transforms the room and turns a chatty crowd into a rapt audience. Her commanding stage presence, assurance and vocal mastery transcend artistic mediums. Cheryl is as comfortable performing in a small intimate setting as she is outdoors or in large concert halls. After several years on the Canadian jazz scene, Cheryl Fisher spent 2 1/2 years studying and performing in Paris with brilliant Berkeley Graduate, pianist Olivier Caillard. She was a regular performer at Le Speakeasy Club, Sam Kearney's American Bar, La Pinte and the Bibloquet. In London she appeared with Scott Hamilton at Pizza on the Park, Peter Ind at The Bass Clef and has performed many times at the 606 club. In the US, Fisher has shared the stage with John Stowell, Jack Sheldon, John Handy and Randy Porter while studying with the greats including Mark Murphy, Nancy King and Madeline Eastman. Since her return to Canada and the release of her debut CD, Slow Hand Jazz (1995), Fisher's career has rocketed. Canadian legends Tommy Banks and saxophonist P.J. Perry are strong supporters of Fisher's work and have performed with her in many concerts and on all of her recordings. Her work has garnered rave reviews nationally and internationally and Fisher was honoured at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (1996) where she was billed as 'Canada's New Diva of Jazz'. CBC profiled Fisher's rise on the national scene with several features on her career and has recorded her performances for both regional and national radio and television. Canadian broadcasting icon Vicki Gabereau welcomed her as a guest on her nationally broadcast television show introducing Cheryl as '...one of the best jazz singers we've ever produced in this country.' She has also been profiled on a national television special 'The Discovery Project' as one of Canada's brightest rising stars and was nominated by ARIA as Best New Jazz Recording Artist. With the release of her second CD, Too Late To Hurry (1997), Fisher's reputation spread into the US market. She was invited to perform, representing Canadian artists, at the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators annual conference. Her CDs have been reviewed and featured in Jazz publications in France, England, the US and Canada. In 1998, Cheryl Fisher was accepted into the University of Miami School of Music and in May 2000 attained her Master's of Music degree. While studying in Miami Cheryl had the opportunity to perform and record with some great jazz musicians including Sir Roland Hanna and well-known horn man Eric Allison who is featured on Fisher's newest release, God Bless The Child. Fisher has just returned from a very successful cross Canada tour promoting her latest national release which culminated in an encore performance at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (2001) where she was billed as, '...one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz.' Since returning to Florida last fall, she has been teaching voice at the University Of Miami, is being featured in a Gold Coast Jazz Society concert series performing music of the 1940's and is scheduled to perform in the concert series at the Hollywood Beach Band Shell. Since her return from Canada Fisher has had feature articles about her career in the Ft Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and Heat Beat as well as appearing as the featured guest on WLRN Radio's Topical Currents program. Fisher appears regularly with husband, Eric Allison in a variety of venues in South Florida and Canada. They recently performed together for the Floating Jazz Festivals aboard the M/S Maasdam and the S/S Norway. To check Fisher's performance schedule please see Upcoming Events on her home page.