Vocalist Tammy McCann, 2020 Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz and multiple winner of Best Jazz Vocal Performance will be featured at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
No jazz singer on the scene today bridges Sacred and Secular like Mississippi-born, Chicago-bred Tammy McCann. She developed her skill as a classically trained vocalist as a student of famed Chicago music teacher Rev. Dr. Lena McLin and honed her jazz chops with guidance and encouragement from NEA Jazz Master and mentor Von Freeman. She released several albums as a leader, including Love Stories, produced by Grammy-winning arranger Laurence Hobgood, and Never Let Me Go, produced by famed guitarist Henry Johnson. Tammy has collaborated with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fareed Haque, John Clayton, Ramsey Lewis and performed as a Raelette with the legendary Ray Charles. Her voice is an instrument, highly polished by years of craftsmanship in the spirit of Mahalia Jackson.
Tammy McCann will perform during Yes Mahalia!, a Free concert tribute to gospel pioneer Mahalia Jackson, featuring songs that Jackson made famous, including “Come Sunday,” “How I Got Over” and “Elijah Rock.” The event celebrates the legacy of the gospel icon while showcasing the synergy between gospel and the sonic power of big band in a fresh and soulful re-imagining of the sound that Mahalia Jackson embodied.
For the complete schedule of the FREE Hyde Park Jazz Festival, click HERE. The Festival is held at the West State, Midway Plaisance at S. Ellis Avenue from 1pm-2pm, Sunday, September 26, 2021.