Just You Just Me
As a young girl, she spent much of her time singing to Broadway musical theater LPs and the jazz records in the family's collection of vinyl: her favorites were Louis Armstrong's tribute album to Fats Waller ('Satch Plays Fats'-'I loved singing with Velma Middleton. BEING Velma Middleton.'), Buck Clayton's 'All the Cats Join In,' and Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.' Throughout her school years, she performed in local dinner-theater and college musicals. In the 1990s Victoria (aka Torbie) turned her musical attention to developing a jazz vocal sound of her own. Former student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (with Faith Winthrop), the Blue Bear School of Music (with Raz Kennedy and Sharman Duran), the Jazz School (with Brenda Boykin and Stephanie Bruce), the University of California Berkeley/San Francisco (with Billy Philadelphia), and the Stanford Jazz Workshop (with Madeline Eastman), Torbie currently performs regularly at a variety of Bay Area nightclubs. She also hosts and performs at several house concerts a year, recording live for her series of CDs mastered by Piano Noir. 'Just You, Just Me' is Torbie's first studio CD, and her recent CD release show in San Francisco earned such kudos as this one: 'Watching Victoria Phillips channel that silky, velvety, passionate vibration for the first time was a great healing for me. I considered it a gift I will not soon forget!' -J. Shobe, first-time listener and new admirer Here's what other listeners are saying about her: 'Victoria's sound ranges from tender honesty to sassy playfulness. . .She possesses a broad palette across the gamut of human emotion.' -J. Martineau, pianist 'She swings so naturally. . .there is also a gracious, generous way in which she shares the music that sets her apart. . .' -P. Edelstein, vocalist 'Amazing ears, great taste-and she really swings!' -K. Muir, pianist 'Straight ahead, swingin', in the pocket-with a obvious love for the genre!' -B. Philadelphia, pianist 'She is reminiscent of the past great vocalists. There's a deep richness to her tones that makes her voice very easy to listen to.' -L. Kosut, vocalist 'With a glowing tone and delivery reminiscent of the Great Etta Jones, Torbie Phillips treats us to tasteful renditions of these Classic songs that are both mellow and swingin'.' -V. Burns, vocalist 'Victoria Phillips is a joy to listen to. She delivers melodies and lyrics in a gorgeous, relaxed way that makes you want to sit back and listen as though listening to the tunes for the first time.' -S. Rancourt, vocalist . . .and a note from the artist: I'm so happy to have you at my CDBaby website-come hear me if you're ever in San Francisco!