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Nancy Wright (2009)

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Nancy Wright made her way to the Bay Area 25 years ago from Dayton, Ohio, and her way to the tenor saxophone via classical training on bassoon, violin, piano, concert harp, flute, and the obligatory brass in marching band (where her squad leader was an excellent french horn player, her near-namesake Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson!)

Sharing the stage in Dayton with her mentor, Lonnie Mack, led to a tour with John Lee Hooker, and to performing with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Albert Collins, and so on. All a matter of being in the right place at the right time, perhaps; but all the good timing in the world won't help if you aren't good, really good.

Nancy's first appearance in the Bay Area was in 1984, as part of The Hot Links, who performed with Katie Webster. Nancy appears with Webster on the Grammy Award-winning album for B.B. King, "Blues Summit".

Nancy has toured or played with Elvin Bishop, Commander Cody and His Lost Airmen, New Orleans Legend Johnny Adams, Earl King, Joe Louis Walker, Maria Muldaur, and many others.

After more than 25 years of paying dues, she has finally made her debut recording, "Moanin'", which features Tony Monaco on B3.

Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Billie Holiday The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 4 I'll Never Be the Same Columbia
# 2 Sarah Vaughan After Hours Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Roulette
# 3 John Coltrane Giant Steps Syeeda's Song Flute Atlantic
# 4 Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else Love for Sale Blue Note
# 5 Richard "Groove" Holmes and Gene Ammons Groovin' with Jug Willow, Weep for Me Pacific Jazz
# 6 Jack McDuff Soul Circle Opus de Funk Prestige
# 7 King Curtis Night Train Honky Tonk Prestige
# 8 Hank Mobley Soul Station Remember Blue Note
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