Christiana Drapkin & Mike Gellar Quartet
Joined by Tommy Cecil on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums, vocalist Christiana Drapkin and guitarist Mike Gellar return to Blues Alley. They celebrate their long collaboration on the repertoire they love: Standards from the Great American Songbook, a bit of Bebop, Scat, and Samba; tunes from the Duke to Dizzie to Jobim.
Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin has been performing in New York and on the East Coast for over twenty years. She now makes her home in the Washington, DC area, but keeps coming back for gigs in the Big Apple. She is noted for her lyrical and highly personal delivery of ballads and for her abandoned yet artful scat improvisations. Christiana's singing is deeply immersed in the rich traditions of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae, as well as in the vocalese fireworks of Anita O'Day, Annie Ross and Eddie Jefferson. With her focus on Jazz Standards, she highlights improvisation and harmonic development, carrying on and developing the tradition of Bebop and musicians like Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano and Dizzy Gillespie.