Friday, November 1st, I have the honor of paying tribute the late and great stylest Nancy Wilson at Egan's Jam House in Ballard with an amazing collaboration: D'Vonne Lewis on Drums, Eric Verlinde on Piano and Clipper Anderon on Bass http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/ This was a wonderful performance, great venue, and awesome audience. I am hoping to make it an annual event.
Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, was born on February 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio to iron-worker Olden Wilson and the former Lillian Ryan, who worked as a domestic servant. Nancy was the first of six children. Her father's love of music and the records he played at home were a huge influence on Nancy as a young girl. She already knew she would be a singer by the time she was four years old and developed her talent by singing in the church choir.
She won a TV-talent show when she 15, and began appearing regularly on the Tv show "Skyline Melodies" while still in high school. She began working in night clubs at that same age. After graduating from high school, the 17-year old Nancy matriculated for one year at Ohio's Central State College (now Central State University) before dropping out and becoming a professional singer. She recorded her first record with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956, with whom she toured from 1956 to 1958. While in the group, Nancy made her first recording with Dot Records.
Cannonball Adderley told her to move to New York to further her career, and she went to The Big Town in 1959. Within a month, she got a job singing at The Blue Morocco Night Club on Boston Road in The Bronx, where Adderley's agent heard her and signed her. He obtained a contract for Capitol records in 1960, and she made her debut that year with the single. "Guess Who I Saw Today."
Her records were successful, and Capitol issued five Nancy Wilson albums in two years. Initially focusing on rhythm and blues, under Adderley's influence, she moved away from R&B and embraced jazz and torch songs. Their 1962 collaboration "Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley" helped propel her to the top, and she had her breakout hit, "Tell Me the Truth," in 1963. This brought her a gig at New York's Coconut Grove, the premier night club in America, the following year, and she became a star.
Her 1964 song "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" reached #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Eventually, she charted 11 songs in the Hot 100. Nancy also placed four albums in Billboard's Top LP charts between March 1964 and June 1965.
She won her first Grammy in 1964, for best R&B recording for her LP "How Glad I Am." Nancy continued recording into the 21st Century, winning Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Awards for her albums "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" (2005) and "Turned to Blue" (2007). She retired from live performance in 2011.
In addition to singing, Nancy Wilson also is an actress. She made numerous appearances on American TV. She also made a one-off appearance on the BBC with The Nancy Wilson Show (1966) in 1966 that was turned into a soundtrack album.
Nancy was married twice, to drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960-70. They had one child. She married the Presbyterian minister Wiley Burton in 1973. Married 35 years until his death in 2008, they had two children.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Egan's room seats 46 people. We usually reserve 40-42 seats in the room prior to the show, with the remaining seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reserved seats are held until the show starts unless we are notified of a delay.
Occasionally performers will sell tickets online - when that happens, we do not take seating reservations for their show and seating is first-come-first-served.
Set up as a music venue/restaurant in the evenings, Egan's is dedicated to providing a positive community-centered environment for jazz education and performance.
Club owner Suzanne Weghorst, a virtual reality researcher at the University of Washington, was motivated to open Egan's by the lack of appropriate places for young jazz musicians to play and to learn from more experienced artists.
"It was through seeing my son learn from his tenor sax teacher Gary Hammon that I realized there was a need to preserve and honor not just the music, but the tradition of passing down the history and culture of jazz from generation to generation," Suzanne says.
Egan's takes its name from Weghorst's maternal grandfather, a composer, and performer who toured Europe before settling down as a theatre and club performer in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. After incorporating as the Ballard Jam House, Weghorst came across an old London variety theatre playbill and discovered that, in addition to composing light opera, he had performed as Happy Jack Egan and his Oo-La Girls back around WWI and had composed some early ragtime jazz tunes. "Since what we were trying to do was in a similar vein to the old live variety theatre circuit, it seemed fitting to name the club after him."