Contemporary Jazz Vocalist will perform Friday for Pottery Plus
Marcia Rutledge is a recording artist out of Syracuse NY, who names among her singing influences Abbey Lincoln, Al Green, and Rickie Lee Jones. She has performed throughout Central New York for the past 15 years with swing, acappella, and jazz ensembles, in a wide range of venues. Nominated for Sammy [Syracuse Area Music] awards in 1997, 2001 and 2005, Ms. Rutledge includes in her repertoire a select list of jazz and pop standards, blues, and R&B tunes, along with original songs she has composed with longtime musical associate, David Solazzo. For a song list and additional information, Ms. Rutledge can be contacted through DMR or via email.
Ms. Rutledge's 2005 release, no one home , is for sale online at www.cdbaby.com . The sell-out cd release event at Syracuse's JazzCentral on 12/24/05 was received with rave enthusiasm. no one home featured young jazz phenoms Andrew Carroll, Greg Evans, and Tom Bronzetti. Her 2003 release, entitled Summertime (and available at cdbaby.com), was given 3 ½ out of 4 stars by music reviewer Mark Bialczak of the Syracuse Post Standard : “ Marcia Rutledge knows how to deliver a song. On her latest disc, ‘Summertime,' the CNY jazz singer surrounds herself with a great band…it's all great framing for Rutledge's warm and expressive vocal style .” Ms. Rutledge's first CD, entitled Torched , was released in 9/2000, and was rated by the Syracuse Post Standard at #6 in the Top Ten of the year's local musical recordings. “ Jazz singer Rutledge put together a great band with Dave and Mike Solazzo, Jimmy Johns, and Jeff Stockham, and turned her passionate voice loose on finely written originals and wisely chosen standards. She lights the torch with heat but can also be one cool cat. ” From the Syracuse New Times : “ Rutledge's vocal style combines spoken-word sensuality with the confidence of a chanteuse in touch with her muse. ” Featuring songs by Cole Porter, Michel LeGrand, King Oliver, and Lerner & Loewe, among others, Torched was recorded live in its entirety.