Born and raised in Salinas, Ca., Effie enjoyed success playing piano and singing in clubs in Northern and Southern California for over 25 years performing under the name, Joy Ferris. She was the favorite student of the late Jeri Southern, the pianist/singer well known for her smoky voice with such hits as You Better Go Now and Fire Down Below. Well known for her work in intimate clubs, Southern knew her way around a lyric and Effie credits Jeri with learning impeccable phrasing. “I’ve had people tell me that they feel as if I am singing right to them. For that, I have Jeri to thank”. Although Effie enjoyed playing and singing, she yearned to take center stage. When her beloved teacher passed away in 1991 she was heartbroken. And in 1992, when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she felt as if her song had been silenced. With therapy she learned to "deal with it". " I have MS, it doesn't have me" is her attitude. Effie stayed in the game by studying with well known vocal coach and singer in her own right, Sue Raney from 1995 on, but ultimately avoided getting back in the spotlight – until a fellow singer and friend got so exasperated with her procrastinating and demanded she take a musical performance class. She did and hasn’t looked back. Effie's spirit was rejuvenated and she has been singing at open mics throughout Los Angeles and befriending the crowd at Mundy on Tuesdays, a popular open mic night at the legendary Gardenia. In October 2004 she made her debut at the Gardenia to a standing room-only crowd and again in Nov. 2005. She and dear friend Tom Culver have been writing songs together and their first song “Endlessly”, a gentle bossa nova made the finals in the United Kingdom Songwriting Contest. “We didn’t win but were told that our song shows great promise”.Presently, Effie is preparing another show for the Gardenia. Tom and Effie's songs, Quiet and Forever Didn't Last Til Spring made the semi finals in the UK Songwriting Competition recently.
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my friend, Dolores Petersen
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I am so sorry I won't be able to join you tonight at The Gardenia. My daughter has offered my husband and I tickets to see The Rat Pack at the Orange County Performing Arts Center at 7:30 tonight.
I'm a big, Sinatra fan, couldn't turn it down. I'd love to meet you sometime, hope there's another opportunity. Good luck, I know you'll be great.
Hi Effie, so good to hear from you. April 17th is a Friday night. Sounds good and I want to be there. I'll await more info and exact location. Gogi Grant?? Wow, I can't even recall a song she sang.
It's been a long time. Stay well...
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."