Valentine’s Day – The Teddy Adams Quintet featuring Cynthia Utterbach
Cynthia Utterbach was born in New Jersey, moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies, and has been living in Europe since 1994. She arrived in Europe to perform in the musical production “The Buddy Holly Story” in Hamburg and has since performed throughout Europe as a jazz vocalist at festivals and clubs. Cynthia cites as her main inspiration Sarah Vaughan, and certainly she has a comparable warm sonority in the low register. Another influence was the highly distinctive Morgana King, who sang with a remarkable range, great tenderness, elegance and grace, excellent diction, and a strong sense of the dramatic. Mother was a church choir organist and pianist and had an extraordinary voice. She was teaching her daughter in the beginning, who also became a music major in school. She learned theory and sight-reading, and planned originally to become a classical singer, but when she started scatting to Madame Butterfly, the professor thought that maybe she should pursue another career. Cynthia grew up listening to the Supremes and other girl groups, so when I started as a singer, it was mostly Top Forty music. Then in the early eighties, she decided to change over to Jazz.
Teddy Adams is presently teaching, lecturing and leading his own group. He also is on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Jazz Association, co-leads the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, and is one of the first inductees in the Savannah/ Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame.