“Jazz singer Cassandre McKinley will perform two shows at the Poli Club on Friday, Oct. 28, as part of the Waterbury Palace’s New England Arts & Entertainment’s Fall Jazz Series.
She will be on stage with The Gerry Beaudoin Trio.
According to the Poli Club: “McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul – a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich — with ‘chops’ to spare. But, she’s no diva! She’ll confidently and easily weave her way through the American Songbook and Soul Classics alike, singing with the maturity and wisdom of a veteran performer. She will stop to tell you a story – unwittingly disarming you, like the ‘girl next door’ she truly is.”
Her bio says she “fell in love” with jazz in her late 20s, after having heard and met, by chance, Clay Osborne (oldest of the Osborne siblings), who “introduced her to the phrasing and harmonics unique to jazz.”“