MARIA PERRY a native of Boston has been called one of the city's most versatile entertainers. Her background in music and dance has led to a long and impressive professional career.
She was lead singer for one of Boston’s hottest swing vocal groups “One O’clock Jump”, and in that role appeared with the Artie Shaw and Count Basie Orchestras, Jackie and Roy, Buddy Rich, and many jazz notables in concert throughout the Northeast. They also were invited to perform at events surrounding the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Prior to the swing band she fronted top 40 bands and was invited to attend John Davidson’s Singers workshop in Catalina, CA where she was a featured singer and dancer in shows at the Avalon Bowl.
In addition to her work as a solo entertainer singing in night clubs throughout New England, Maria has performed as a backup vocalist for industrial shows, commercials, and on recordings for other Boston artists. She was also a featured cast member for the Boston production of “Legends”.
Over the years Maria and her quintet have been noted for their fresh approach to jazz standards and contemporary classics. She co-produced 3 recording projects, among them an album called THAT OLD FEELING, and in 1994 a self-produced CD, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, the title cut written by John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.
In 2007 she was named Boston Popsearch Champion at Symphony Hall providing the opportunity to sing with the Boston Pops on their televised July 4th concert as well as join them on their summer tour.
Maria currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri where she has recorded commercials for Hallmark, performed at private events and was a featured entertainer at the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Her recording of I’ll Be Seeing You can be found on Kansas City pianist Paul Smith’s CD, MORE.
Critics agree that she is a dynamic compelling singer with a rich evocative voice uniquely her own.
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