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Banu Gibson


Today, Banu (bah'new) Gibson stands virtually at the top of her field. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the very few vocalists of her generation to stick exclusively to songs of the 1920's and 1930's. She does not just copy singers of the past, but mixes fresh renditions of standards and obscurities. A powerful force on stage as well as on her recordings, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted with her wide range and versatility, spanning Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday; The Boswell Sisters to Sophie Tucker; and Lee Wiley to Fanny Brice. Born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Banu Gibson studied dance from the age of three and voice after she turned nine years old. A natural performer, she sang in a variety of school musicals and began working professionally as a dancer while still in her teens. She graduated from college with a degree in music and theater. She was exposed to traditional jazz while working as a singer and dancer, opposite the great Dixieland trumpeter Phil Napoleon, at Jackie Gleason's Joe the Bartender room in Miami Beach. Banu moved to New York City to work with the road band of Your Father's Mustache, and traveled the continent, from Victoria, B.C. to Guantanamo, Cuba. After a period of working at Disneyland in The Class of '27 show, she moved to New Orleans where she formed The New Orleans Hot Jazz band in 1981.

Since then, Banu and her sextet have been featured at numerous concerts, jazz festivals and on recordings, most notably, Banu's own label Swing Out. She has been on radio and television broadcasts: Entertainment Tonight, and PBS television series Dixieland Jazz from New Orleans; Joan Lunden's syndicated show Everyday - twice; American Public Radio's featured vocalist on Riverwalk, Live from the Landing; and sang the title song for the Great Chefs of New Orleans series. In 1986, Banu toured Europe with the late cornetist Wild Bill Davidson. She has continuously performed abroad with her band in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and with a contingent of her band in Australia. Other high points include performing in Dick Hyman's Jazz in July in 1991, and her band's appearances with many symphony orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony along with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Sacramento, and New Orleans Symphonies and three sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.

With an extensive repertoire of songs in the 1920's to '40 period, Banu's performances cover many high points of America's golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson & the New Orleans Hot Jazz are creative within the boundaries of the genre. They consistently invent fresh and imaginative variations of songs as old as 60 years, giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music with their irresistible presentation.

Price Range: Please inquire.


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