During her career as a performer and recording artist, Samirah Evans has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially jazz and blues. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the sounds of New Orleans, where she was one of the most in-demand singers for nearly twenty years, including fifteen consecutive appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Hurricane Katrina caused Samirah to relocate to her husband’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. She has since been performing in venues and festivals throughout the northeast. As a producer and educator, Samirah founded the “Ladies in Jazz” series to highlight collaborations between female singers and musicians, and the “Sam’s Sunday Set and Shed” musical mentoring program to spotlight artist-protege relationships in the region. Samirah is currently Artist Associate in Jazz Voice at Williams College.
Evans will be accompanied by Guitarist Matthew Dorko and Trumpeter Don Anderson. Samirah and Matthew were a hot duo act for several years in New Orleans. Coincidentally, Dorko moved to the same neighborhood in Brattleboro Vermont several years after Samirah. They have since reunited in several performances throughout New England. For many years Don Anderson has been a feature with Samirah during Fat Tuesday in celebration of Mardi Gras. He has recently performed in the trio with Evans and Dorko, as well as a member of Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils.
Hear a sample of her work at https://youtu.be/z_IvUAo2nnY