Friday, May 18, 2012
Tonight, Friday, May 18; 8:30 PM
Steamers Jazz Cafe
Gina Saputo, who performs tonight in Fullerton, California's Steamers Jazz Cafe has already built an impeccable reputation in the International jazz scene, as a professional jazz singer, arranger, composer and educator.
Driven to excel, she started performing at the age of 15 in jazz clubs in Eugene, Oregon. She has performed at the top venues in Los Angeles, as well as venues in Colorado, Oregon, California, Washington D.C., Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
She had the honor of studying vocals privately with Carmen Lundy, Tierney Sutton, Carmen Bradford and Jennifer Barnes-Shelton and studied piano with Alan Pasqua. Gina holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, 2003.
In February of 2004, Gina released her debut self titled album featuring the incredible talents of Gerald Clayton on piano, Dan Lutz on bass, and Kevin Kanner on drums.
Grammy nominated TelArc recording artist Tierney Sutton also brought her incredible wisdom to this album and was responsible for the vocal production.
Gina's CD is available at www.ginasaputo.com, www.cdbaby.com and www.towerrecords.com.
In 2005, Gina toured and studied with the Thelonious Monk Institute under jazz legends like Terri Lyn Carrington, Stefon Harris, Wallace Roney, Hal Crook, and Ron Carter. During her time with the institute she traveled to Washington D.C. to perform at the United States State department with Terence Blanchard and traveled to Vietnam to perform with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Nnenna Freelon.
Gina recently was conducting Master classes, performing and teaching as a guest professor in Gwangju University, Korea, 2008.
She toured Japan April, 2008, with Annie Sellick and Nicole Henry and again in September with grammy nominated pianist, Bill Cunliffe, Tim Horner and Martin Wind. Gina counts as her influences Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Elis Regina, Astrud Gilberto, Wayne Shorter, Regina Spektor, Lena Horne, and Bessie Smith.
Gina currently teaches at Encore Music Academy and Silverlake Conservatory. Gina conducts the Agape Choir, sings in the Trinity Baptist Choir and praise band, and sings/composes for Shakedown Lulu White.
She is currently recording her next jazz album.