Sharon Clark & Oleg Butman Trio

22 May
Starting at — 20:00 & 22:00
Hall main/small: 1500 / 1200 rub.

Encouraged to make jazz a career by her father and high school music teacher, Sharon Clark began her professional career with the Bottle Caps doing promotional work for the Coca Cola Company. The other "Bottle Cap" was her twin sister, Sharee. Leaving Coke to fend for itself, she got her first significant jazz gig at King's Dominion just outside of Richmond, VA. Since then, she has performed at such jazz and non-jazz venues as Blues Alley, the National Press Club and Twins Lounge in Washington, D.C. and Sweet Basel in New York City. Equally adept with jazz, blues, and gospel, Clark has a husky but mellow voice with good phrasing and diction. She is also a fine interpreter of lyrics.

For her first album Finally, released by the Union Records in 1997, she chose a play list which gives her the opportunity to bring out her vocal dexterity and comfort level with up tempo songs and ballads. Listing Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day as musical influences, Clark continues to work in the Washington, D.C. area with a steady gig at Laportas Jazz Lounge in Alexandria, VA.