Mary Pearson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s


1951, USA. Pearson sang as a child and in her teens worked as a folk singer, accompanying herself on guitar. Before making jazz her prime means of vocal expression, in addition to folk music, Pearson worked with a wedding band, and performed cabaret. From the late 70s she concentrated on jazz, writing many of her own songs, and also forming and leading her own group. In 1984, she studied piano with Barry Harris, Mario Serio, and Art Labriola, and voice with Howlett Smith, Claude Garvey, and Nanette Natal, and was very soon active principally as a singer-pianist. Pearson has also taken vocal workshops with Jay Clayton and Mark Murphy, crediting the latter as one of her principal inspirers. In the 90s, in addition to making her first albums, she whistled on a long-running television commercial for Cinch and had a children’s Christmas musical produced. She has also sung with Sherrie Maricle’s big band, DIVA, and with George Gee And His Make Believe Ballroom...

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