Music: Performance, Arts Education
Tammy McCann is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist and is currently Artist in Residence for the Music Institute of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has named her Best Jazz Vocalist 4 years running. Her powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging her Classical vocal technique and Gospel aesthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. Alyce Claerbaut, President of Strayhorn Songs Publishing, Inc. and mentor to McCann says, “Tammy is a star with a one of a kind voice.” Tammy is a story teller who draws emotion from and makes connections with here audiences world-wide.
Her warm delivery allows her audience to go on the musical journey with her and her engaging personality imprints the memory of her performance on their hearts. Tammy has a vast repertoire of small group,big band and string ensemble charts. As an educator Tammy believes singing is a part of every human community; bringing us together and helping us to interact with one another . There is a pedagogy to Jazz vocal instruction which requires an approach that can combine the “classroom and the bandstand” in a seamless way. Her teaching style meets the vocal student where they are and all instruction has a classical foundation with a focus on Jazz. All lessons help to develop a natural technique, and allow the student to progress at their own pace. Through which the students gain the confidence they need to audition and perform.
Tammy McCann has performed with such luminaries Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis & NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, John Clayton, Charles McPherson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured as a ‘Raelette’ with the great Ray Charles. McCann has thrilled audiences in festivals and clubs world- wide as well as the nation’s premier Jazz & concert venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Rose Hall as well as Chicago’s Auditorium Theater,Jazz Showcase & Green Mill her shows are not to be missed!