Shirley is a stunning and lyrical vocalist who uses all of the colors in the musical palette to deliver a performance that is engaging and entertaining. Seeing Ella perform A Tisket, A Tasket in an old Abbot and Costello movie is what inspired this vocalist to want to sing jazz. “I was born with a passion for singing, and when I heard Ella, I knew that jazz singing was “it” for me.”Shirley has also performed at some of New York's finest Cabarets and Jazz Clubs and has appeared in showcases at NYC jazz club Birdland. In concert, she has opened for Abby Lincoln and has performed with notable musicians: Harold Mabern & Jamil Nasser. Other credits include: theater, opera, and recor
"Crabbe's almost-Ella Fitzgerald vibe glows with sunshiney takes on "Lucky To Be Me," "You Taught My Heart To Sing" and, especially , Carole King's "So Far Away." -- Down Beat Magazine
"Crabbe sings with soulful aplomb, investing the lyric with a mournful and deeply knowing emotionality." -- Nick Bewsey - Jazz in Space
“Vocalist Shirley Crabbe has a big, wide-open optimistic style that's reminiscent of a young, excited Sarah Vaughan”.
"Crabbe's very attractive voice and her ability to convey the essence of a lyric make her a jazz vocalist you want to hear again and again. Her second CD can't come soon enough". -- Scott Albin - Jazz Times
..."warm, upbeat and on the money throughout. Tasty stuff well worth checking into". --Midwest Record
"It is refreshing to listen to a 'pure' standard-setting jazz singer who adamantly eschews the use of vocal histrionics to 'get over,' instead relying on the best writers, committed musicians, and her own pristine talent. Jazz music is richer to have a vocalist of such high caliber as Shirley Crabbe..."
You can also expect a professional presentation, with a well thought out musical set with each song particularly chosen for the occasion.
Additional Booking Notes
Please provide easy access to electrical outlets. An acoustic piano is preferred but not required. I usually include a rider in contracts that require travel and/or an overnight stay.
Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe sings songs that speak to the heart. As a teenager, Shirley was inspired by a performance of Ella Fitzgerald singing the song “A Tisket, A Tasket” in an old Abbot and Costello movie. “I’ve always had a passion for singing, but when I heard Ella sing, I knew that “jazz singing” was what I really wanted to do.”
Following her passion, Shirley pursued her dreams first to Illinois to earn a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and then back home to New York, to study Voice at the distinguished Manhattan School of Music (MSM). During the day she studied classical music uptown at MSM, but in the evening, she traveled downtown to sing jazz in the clubs. Shirley has performed at festivals, jazz clubs and concert series in New York City and it’s surrounding area. Her most recent appearance was at the Metropolitan Room. She has also performed at the world-famous jazz club Birdland, appeared as a soloist at Madison Square Garden in it’s renowned Paramount Theater, opened for the jazz icon Abby Lincoln, and has also performed with the celebrated jazz pianist Harold Mabern and bassist Jamil Nasser. In 2010, Shirley was one of the top 5 finalists at Jazzmobile’s “Best of the Best” Jazz Vocalist Competition held in New York City. In 2009, she was awarded Rockland County’s highest arts award: the County Executive Performing Artist Award. She is also the Stanton Bronze Medalist of the 2008 American Traditions Vocal Competition at the Savannah International Music Festival in Georgia. A versatile performer, Shirley has also appeared in various stage productions including Coming to the Mercy Seat at Shetler Studio’s Theater 54 in the role of the Poet and in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Elmwood Theater, where she performed the role of Armelia. She is a featured soloist on the jazz CD Africa by The Mystic Pilgrims. In September of 2011, she released her debut CD HOME.
The team providing the talent:
My set list includes jazz arrangements of songs from the Great American Songbook - From Berlin - to Bernstein
Influences & Inspiration
I am an admirer of Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters and Kurt Elling