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​​Born in Chicago in the early 50’s, singing came easy for Sheila. Never formally trained, she has an ear for everything that she would hear. She was encouraged by her mother to perform at family gatherings and for her friends.

Early exposure to great vocalists like Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynn, Etta James as well as melodic standards from the greats Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis just to name a few were the foundations by which she developed a deep sense of true jazz vocals and the bee bop blues gospel effect of jazz.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s she found herself doing studio background vocals for Jerry Butler, The Emotions and the beginning works of Earth, Wind and Fire, At sixteen, blues singer Garland Green heard her in the studio and asked her if she would be interested in doing some live onstage background vocals on his tour to promote his new single “Jealous Kinda Fella”. Her parents, especially her dad, did not approve of her being in nightclubs. However, with her mother’s approval and accompanying her, she managed to do several gigs in and around Chicago before her father ended that quickly.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. No DSLR, point-and-shoot, or other digital/film cameras permitted (mobile phones are ok) unless credentialed in advance.

Doors: 7:15 pm (There is no admittance until this time)
Showtime: 8 pm

About Lucille’s

Lucille’s is a cozy venue with clean sight lines & good sound featuring Jazz, Blues & Latin acts, plus eats. Founded in 2021, Lucille’s is a publicly accessible jazz lounge which is located inside TolHouse, a private, Members-only social club designed for the city-dwelling creative and entrepreneurial class.


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