For the better part of six decades, Ernie Andrews has been a favorite singer among jazz musicians. Here's how the great alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley introduced Andrews on a recording they made together in the 1960's.
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Before Cannonball, Andrews sang in front of the famous bands of Benny Carter and Harry James. He never achieved the popular success enjoyed by fellow singers like Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole. But that didn't deter Andrews. He continued working and recording with jazz greats like Kenny Burrell, Jay McShann, and Gene Harris.
These days Ernie Andrews often works with renowned saxophonist Jeff Clayton, who recently moved to the Sacramento area and will be joining Andrews this Sunday at JB's Lounge.
JEFF CLAYTON: "Back in his day, vocalists were musicians and musicians were vocalists and he loves to be a part of the rhythm section and the horns. So you feel warm and fuzzy about playing with Ernie. Sometimes he'll just put the microphone down and just open up the room like Pavoroti and just sing to the back of the room."