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  Linda made her entrance onto the Chicagoland jazz stage with a flourish in 1990. She performs at area jazz and music festivals and at well-known venues such as Pop’s for Champagne, Andy’s Jazz Club, Toulouse Cognac Bar, Pete Miller’s Steak House, The Bop Shop, O’Brien’s Restaurant and Bar, Border’s Book Stores, Catch 35 Restaurant and The Metropole Room of the Fairmont Hotel. She also performs for private and corporate events in musical ensembles ranging from duos to big bands.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Linda’s early musical experiences were shaped by her parents’ love of jazz. Her father’s huge record collection included a veritable jazz cornucopia of legends like Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstein, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald. As they were so much a part of her parents’ life, these popular performers of the day influenced her young life. Early on Linda began singing and accompanying herself on piano and guitar. Later she studied music at Roosevelt University, earning her bachelor’s degree in music composition, and then to DePaul University where she earned a master’s degree in jazz studies/vocal performance.

Based in her hometown Chicago, Linda is gradually expanding outside of Chicago to both national and international venues. Her love of travel led her to Singapore in 1999 to perform with the Curtis Robinson Quartet. More recently, she performed with the Marek Smaus Quartet in Prague and in concert at the University of Northern Iowa.

Linda’s debut CD on Southport Records, We Belong Together, is a very personal collection of songs that includes classic jazz masters and popular musical theater composers as well as the sultry Brazilian strains of Milton Nascimento and contemporary composers like Chick Corea. Her second CD on Southport Records, Time, Seasons and the Moon, was released in September, 2000 to critical acclaim. This mature collection features songs which are varied in musical timbre and arrangement winding through themes of time, seasons and the moon. In September, 2003 she released her third CD on Southport Records, We Speak Duke. It is a tribute to Duke Ellington which features Bradley Williams and His Original 21st Century Review.

When her singing and voice-over career allows, she gives vocal instruction and conducts workshops.

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