Music hours: 6:30 to 8:30: Duo // 9:00: Sherry Williams
The buttery voice of Sherry Williams is an oasis in any madness our world offers.
When you listen to her you realize immediately that she is a consummate artist - the real thing. Williams is what they called in the old days, a storyteller - she paints pictures with words. Yet she bridges the gap between the past and the present. Her masterful interpretation of the lyrics makes an over worn song meaningful, or brings an unknown song to life as is evidenced in her latest release You Must Believe In Spring. There she blends the straightforward elements of traditional pop with a decidedly mainstream jazz execution. "At each performance, my delivery is a little different, because I have experienced that additional kernel of life which changes everything; my point of view, my attitudes... My entire life experience is the point of reference from which I sing a song. I believe my gift is the ability to draw on that experience, be fully present in the moment, and unabashedly share it with the listener." And this is who she really is - open and accessible.
It seems as though Sherry was destined to sing this kind of music. When she was a young girl in Pittsburgh, where she was born, her father often blew into his trombone mouthpiece as he moved around the house. He had a collection of 78 LPs of the big bands of the day, as well as many of the great smaller groups like Shearing, Brubeck and Hampton. Growing up with this music, along with having classical piano lessons from age six to age sixteen, formed her musical sensibilities. She swings relentlessly, and sings ballads with exquisite phrasing and taste. In her second release, A Taste Of Sherry, she does a version of the poignantly beautiful Lush Life that will make you cry.