|Tags:||jazz female voices jazz vocalist female jazz vocal under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
28 February 1954, Texarkana, Texas, USA. Singing from very early childhood, Vitro drew her musical inspiration from a wide variety of sources. Although she eventually honed her talent into a jazz groove, she has always retained an awareness of other musical forms including gospel, soul, rock n roll and R&B. In the late 70s, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she met Arnett Cobb, with whom she performed at New Yorks Village Vanguard, and singer Ray Sullenger. Both men encouraged her and directed her into jazz, a path from which she has since refused to depart despite the urging of some record company executives. In Houston, she became host of a weekly series of live jazz radio broadcasts. Further encouraged by visiting jazz musicians, including Oscar Peterson, who was eager to sit in with Vitro and her group, she decided to move to New York City in 1978. Soon after her arrival she sat in with Lionel Hampton who promptly took her out on the...