NEW YORK, April 10, 2006 -- Legendary vocalist Sheila Jordan, an Adjunct Professor of Music at The City College of New York (CCNY) Music Department, will receive the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Lifetime Achievement Award for jazz. She’ll be honored at the 20th Annual MAC Awards show 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St.
The awards recognize outstanding work in the fields of cabaret, jazz and comedy. Past recipients include Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers and jazz greats Kenny Barron, Bucky Pizzarelli and The Manhattan Transfer.
Ms. Jordan, who lives in Manhattan, said she was so shocked when she heard the news that she fell off her chair. “I’ve been doing this music for so long, I don’t expect anything except the joy I get from teaching and singing. I love to carry the message of jazz,” she said.
“Ms. Jordan has been a very important part of the world jazz vocal scene,” said Professor Stephen Jablonsky, Chair of The City College Music Department. “She’s a lovely, delightful person and a very significant part of the music program at City College for 28 years.”
Widely acclaimed for her distinguished career spanning over five decades, Ms. Jordan has been hailed as one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers by All Music Guide, the world’s largest digital archive of music. The New York Times has said: “her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists.”
Tickets for the MAC Awards range from $45 to $160. For more information about the event, call (212) 220-1460.
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