"She is fearless and concentrated, concise and loose, with a bell-like clarity and dream-perfect intonation…
Her demonstration of standard intonation clears the way for free-ranging melodic explorations, bending, shading, so that you know when she chooses notes not found on the piano she’s doing it on purpose. And her restructuring of the melodies sets you down, the effect being that the lyrics tell another different story than the one you’ve become familiar with.”
Mark Weber, metropolis.free-jazz.net
Vocalist Cheryl Richards moved to New York City in 2000 and has been singing jazz and improvised music since 2002.
In the last several years, she has performed at venues including the Stone, Why Not Jazz Room, and Zeb’s in Manhattan as well as iBeam, Galapagos Art Space, Connie’s Loft Space, Cafe Orwell, Clover’s Café, and Abigail’s in Brooklyn. She has worked with musicians including Connie Crothers (piano), Nick Lyons (alto sax), Will Juhn (tenor sax), Adam Caine (guitar), Adam Lane (bass), Carol Liebowitz (piano), Bud Tristano (guitar), Bill Payne (clarinet), and others. She also sings with vocalist Jay Clayton’s group, “DIfferent Voices.”
Cheryl began singing at age 11 when she joined the award-winning Seattle Girls’ Choir. With the choir she toured Europe, the United States, and Canada and participated in numerous choral festivals and competitions. In 1993, she earned her BFA in music from Cornish College of the Arts and for many years, she primarily sang classical music. She is a co-founder of a Renaissance Vocal Quartet, Oriana (1993–1997), which performed at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, recorded a CD of madrigals and Renaissance songs, and regularly participated in festivals includingBumbershoot and the Folklife Festival. She co-created and performed original music for a number of choreographers and dance companies, including Jeff Bickford Dance, and performed regularly at venues includingOn the Boards, the New City Theater, the Nippon Kan Theatre, and theBroadway Performance Hall. She is also a co-founder of the band Lionfish,which recorded a CD of original music and performed regularly throughout the Seattle area (1997–1999). She has self-produced concerts and events including a staged revue of songs from the 1930s at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1999) and an evening of Spanish and Portuguese songs at Faust Harrison Pianos in Manhattan (2002).