Tickets on sale now for this years edition of Mike's Barn annual showcase of Cleveland's great ladies of song. This year we are pleased to feature some of Cleveland's most respected and admired jazz singers with:
A professional vocalist for over 25 years, Evelyn Wright entertains like no other in the styles of jazz, R&B and pop. She has opened for the likes of Mel Torme, Joan Rivers, Harry Belafonte, Freddie Jackson and Regina Belle, among others. Awards include "Most Promising Female Artist" and "Favorite Female R&B Artist" in 1993 from the Midwest Urban Music Awards and was voted Best Female vocalist in 1985 in conjunction with WCPN. Evelyn has toured throughout the US and Canada performing in the top nightclubs and concert halls, performed for First Lady Rosalyn Carter, and was honored by Mayor Mike White with a plaque in recognition of entertainment provided to the city of Cleveland. Evelyn performs at the Tri-C Jazz Fest annually
Barbara started singing professionally in 1980 with the Harry Hershey Orchestra. During her 13-year stint with that band, she was the featured band vocalist in the hit show "Stompin' At The State", which ran for almost two years at the State Theatre in Cleveland's Playhouse Square. She also traveled to Miami, Florida with the show "Stompin' At La Ronde", which ran for 9 months at the Fountainebleu Hilton.Since 1993, Barbara has been the female vocalist with the acclaimed Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed all over the Tri-State region, working with national big bands such as the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and The Famous Jazz Orchestra. Barbara has been a frequent guest artist with college jazz ensembles, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and regional big bands, as well as performing at the Lakeland Jazz Fest and the Tri-C Jazz Fest.
Singer songwriter, and guitarist Luca Mundaca is one of the great Brazilian artists who have gainedinternational acclaim. Luca is from a small town just south of Sao Paolo. From her early teens on, she has been fine tuning her musical gifts. Early on she quickly mastered the stand-ard Bossa Nova repertoire and she became adept at interpreting the work of the masters. With the recent release of her debut CD "Day by Day" it is clear that Luca Mundaca is a musical artist in her prime. A formidable composer and arranger, the new CD features alloriginal compositions. Shortly after releasing the CD an unsolicited copy was sent to Putumayo records in New York City. So impressed were the Putumayo people they immediately added her to their brand new "Brazilian Lounge" CD. She is featured alongside several majorBrazilian artists on that CD including Bebel Gilberto, Paula Morlenbaum, and Marcos Valle. The Putumayo CD features her original composition "Ha Dias". Now splitting her time between Brazil and the US, Luca Mundaca has truly become a citizen of the world.