Nationally recognized singer, Cory Jamison, is one of the leading cabaret/jazz artists in America. She celebrates the best of American Song-old and new. Her unique interpretations of the popular songbook have captivated audiences coast to coast in venues ranging from New York’s Town Hall in the east, to Davenport’s Piano Bar and The Chicago Jazz Festival in the midwest, and to The Rrazz Room and The Cinegrill in the west. According to The Chicago Tribune, “Here is a triple-threat performer whose obvious musicianship, interpretive savvy, and lovely lyric instrument cannot help but disarm an audience.”
Jamison emerged on the national scene with her critically acclaimed centennial tribute to the composer Hoagy Carmichael and her debut CD “Here’s to Hoagy” which became the top selling CD of 2000 on the LML Music label.
The Chicago Tribune’s annual CD review ranked it 4th out of the year’s Top Ten Jazz Releases claiming, “If the centennial of Hoagy Carmichael is going to inspire just one new recording, then this release deserves to be it.”
Her 2nd CD, “Kenton’s Cool School” was released in 2008 on her own label, CJam Records. This diverse collection celebrates the musical legacies of the three jazz singers, June Christy, Chris Connor, and Anita O’Day, and in adding her own distinct interpretation to each tune, Jamison brings their artistry to a new generation. Jersey Jazz writes, “Something Cool,” a title that nicely describes what Jamison has achieved with this album…a joy to hear.”
Building on her success with the Hoagy Carmichael and Kenton material, she has expanded her popular following with tributes to Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, The Women of Tin Pan Alley, Richard Rodgers, and contemporary composers like Joni Mitchell and David Wilcox. She is also a regularly featured vocalist in the prestigious Chicago Humanities Festival and Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Conventions in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and performs often with the cabaret legends Julie Wilson and Faith Winthrop.
In addition to performing, Jamison often brings her material to the educational stage. She is an historian of American popular music and is passionate about educating young musicians and students about America’s unique musical heritage. She currently tours with her “musical lectures” to high schools and college campuses throughout the country.
Cory Jamison is a graduate of Indiana University and a Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium fellow. She is also a certified Music Together teacher.
“She proved to be a completely winning performer, one with talent, taste, and a personality that made you feel like you were spending time with an old friend. ” Joseph Lang Jersey Jazz