||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.
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.