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Published on Nov 9, 2011
Central Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce, as a part of its new Institute of Sacred Arts, two recital series to be held in the Baugh-Marshall Chapel this fall. A classical series will be held on the first Sundays of the month beginning in August, and a jazz series will be held on the third Sundays of the month -- also beginning in August.
This performance is by the Wild Women of Kansas City.
The wild women are four distinctive voices that come together in one indomitable spirit. These women come from a breadth of musical and life experience, and the respect shown by their audiences is palpable. Geneva is the elegant chanteuse who delivers a torch song with grace and dignity. Millie is the gut-bucket ingénue whose impressive range takes her from the most tender ballad to the most intense blues growl. Myra Taylor is the time-tested jazz master who titillates the audience with her bawdy yet charming tales of life on the road, and Lori Tucker is the sexy soul balladeer who moves easily from serious standards to gospel-tinged R&B classics.
The first lady of Kansas City jazz and blues, Myra Taylor began her career in the 1930s performing at the Sunset Club on 12th Street and now at 94 is still as spunky as she was when she recorded her hit "The Spider and the Fly" decades ago.
A versatile and gifted performer, she continues to "make her mark" on the Kansas City scene by giving audiences what they want, songs with graceful style reminiscent of the '30s and '40s and '50s, flowing from smooth mellow interpretations of ballads to toe-tapping rhythms.
Lori Tucker's expressive vocals have enabled her to hold long-term engagements in many of Kansas City's finest nightspots. As well as being a noted jazz, R&B, and blues artist, she's widely recognized in the gospel circuit.
Millie is known as "the little woman with the big voice." She is a true vocal stylist with a distinctive and mature sound, frequently performing on Kansas City's jazz and blues circuits with a variety of groups.