Jazz preview: Lizz Wright goes from the church to the stage (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Atlanta doesn’t have the reputation as a haven for jazz musicians, but that scene turned vocalist Lizz Wright into one.

Ms. Wright, a native of Hahami, Ga., who performs Saturday at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, began singing at the church where her father, a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force during the week, pastored a church on the weekends.

“I even preached a couple of sermons,” she says. “He got a lot of mileage out of me.”

Ms. Wright was drawn to jazz as a teen, “between learning about jazz from NPR and then wanting to go to Atlanta to see it played live.”

Eventually, she migrated there, to Georgia State University to study voice — and fell in with some musicians.

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