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Tami Tyree

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Sony/Legacy music producer Nedra Olds Neal had this to say about her soloist for the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir, TAMI TYREE: “She brings the song to life in a way that raises the roof and your spirit. Tami doesn’t just sing the song, after she is done, you have lived it.” TAMI TYREE has, in fact, lived the life she sings about in her songs. The evening with Ms. Tyree will mirror a life of jubilance, passion, introspection, pain, love and laughter…In her first cabaret appearance in nearly two years, TAMI TYREE has chosen for her debut at The Metropolitan Room time-honored standards, Broadway hits and gutbucket blues—all sung with the edgy pathos of a gospel song or as she admits, the humility of a spiritual. Born to be a singer/actress, this writer, poet, sales pro and Fifth Avenue fashion guru has come full circle as a creative talent committed to the preservation of traditional African-American musical genres: spirituals, gospels, blues, and jazz. Tonight will be thoroughly jazzy but with a reflection of all she has seen and sung in her life. She sings with the sophistication of a cosmopolitan New Yorker, and those who know her as a gospel belter over a choir of sixty are always surprised at this shift in musical interpretation but her timbre and outreach are far from restrained. Her “down home” personality keeps her engaging. With Tami you know that, what she’s giving at the moment is truly for her as good as it gets, and as glamorous as she is—always—it is her guts that really make her gleam. TAMI TYREE the teaching artist honed every skill and passion into a program she calls Echoes of Our Ancestors and her African-American musical critique, performance, and educational outreach in the form of lectures, concerts, field trips, and workshops at schools and cultural venues is aimed at better understanding the African-American sojourn past, present, and future. A fine arts graduate of Howard University, Ms. Tyree studied jazz vocals at Harlem’s famed Jazzmobile workshop founded by Billy Taylor. She has shared the stage with jazz luminary Wycliffe Gordon of Jazz at Lincoln Center fame, and the late Count Basie trombonist Al Grey. Her love and understanding of jazz was cultivated at a very young age by a father who was truly a jazz aficionado. Tami stands in the shadows of her maternal grandmother, a former ragtime pianist who in the 1960’s dared to start a gospel choir at the Catholic church of her membership. To this end, Ms. Tyree is writing a book on the history and performance of gospel music and is a voting member of The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy. Currently touring with a musical tribute she developed to inform the public of the achievements of blues pioneer and “father of gospel music” Thomas A. Dorsey, Ms. Tyree is a proud charter member for the development of a national African-American museum in Washington, DC, slated for groundbreaking in 2012.


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