Saundra Silliman

Saundra Silliman – Vocalist
Vocalist Saundra Silliman’s musical passion has always been jazz. Saundra studied violin before finding her own voice as a singer citing Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson as being the most influential in her later development. Classically trained vocally, she grew up and performed in the Oakland, California climate of jazz, R & B, funk and gospel music. With a mom herself a singer and pianist with very eclectic (from Debussy to Ellington, show tunes to opera) musical taste , served to broaden her daughter?s musical palette. It was this very fertile musical ground that allowed Ms. Silliman to gain the tools and versatility she needed to come into her own as a vocalist.
Silliman’s recent musical project is a voice and bass collaboration with bassist Tony Cimorosi. The two perform a broad spectrum of musical genre including original pieces. The dynamic duo opened for acclaimed guitarist George Benson at New Jersey’s Bergen Performance Art Center (Bergen PAC). Silliman has toured Southern Africa with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program through Jazz at Lincoln Center/State Department. She has performed with jazz masters Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams, Larry Coryell and Onaje Allen Gumbs; in performance venues as large as the Osaka Prefectural Auditorium in Japan, as well known as Birdland Jazz Club in New York City and as intimate as Danny’s Skylight Room Cabaret. No stranger to theatre, stage credits include, cast member in the work shop production of “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope” under the direction of acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C; appeared as Billie Holiday in ?Lady Day & Prez? at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; “Two Gentlemen of Verona” with the San Jose Civic Light Opera Co. and more Ms. Silliman also enjoys teaching children through music enrichment programs, choral direction and musical theater. She has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Patti Cathcart and Opera singer/teacher Brenda Miller. Silliman graduated with a bachelor?s degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University.

Line up for March 17th
Mary Ann McSweeney -Bass
Sylvia Cuenca- Drums.
Miki Hayama – Piano