Cynthia Jones & the West Coast Nightlights
Cynthia Jones' debut CD is perfect for a romantic evening or to just chill and de-stress. Cynthia has been crowned the winner of the prestigious 2008 Chuck Niles Jazz Singer competition at the Temecula International Jazz Festival. The Los Angeles based vocalist has played jazz and blues with some of L.A.s finest musicians for the last 8 years. Her sultry and sensuous style, which is particularly haunting on ballads, is melodic, very expressive yet understated, and thoughtful, bringing to mind Peggy Lee, Diana Krall and June Christy, while offering her own fresh new voice. Cynthia Jones turns the diverse selections of songs into a brand of soulful jazz that is full of class, elegance and heartfelt emotions. The backup group is a perfect match for the delightful singer. Anchored by a trio of world class musicians, pianist, Karen Hammack, whose diversity as a player has let her work with such artists as Jackson Brown, Michael McDonald, Bill Frisell, Perla Batalla, Niki Haris, Julie Christensen, Mellisa Manchester and Don Was, too name a few; David Jackson, bass player extraordinaire, has wowed audiences across the country with his prowess and versatility on bass, piano and accordion. David has played and written with Hoyt Axton, recorded with Jackson Brown, John Denver, and T-Bone Burnette, to name a few. Jax was also ready when David Lynch needed an accordionist and, though the show is long off the air, he still relishes being the Official 'Twin Peaks' Accordionist; and James Cruce, Los Angeles based drummer/percussionist whom has played with J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, Dave Alvin, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, The Souleros, The Twilight Lords and Dillon O'Brian among others. With the added talents of special guests, session masters, Lee Thornberg, (Tower of Power) playing trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and muted trumpet (Lee also did all the horn arrangements on this CD); Tom Peterson, on tenor sax and baritone sax; Tommy Kay, on electric guitar; and Dean Parks on acoustic guitar. This stunning CD pulls you in and takes you for a most pleasurable ride.