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Sandy Cummings with Spirits Rising; Jeff Elliott, Woody DeMarco, Rex Harte

Sandy will be delighted to entertain you with the classic jazz standards. It's always a personal experience for those who hear her sing. And you are guaranteed to see lots of her long time fans sitting beside you.

Sandy performs regularly with the following musicians: Woody DeMarco, Jeff Elliott, Dave Bazinet, Jon Crosse, Hank Allen, Stephen Geyer, Drew Salperto, Rex Harte. The list of other players -- less frequent performances -- is impressive, too: Reuben Estrada and the Estrada Brothers, Ian Bernard, Rusty Cummings, John Slais, Peter Clarke, Al Reese, Chris Colangelo, Kevin Winard, Steve Stockmal, Joe Correro, Randy Tico, Frank Frost, Dave Tolegian, Tom Buckner, John Hatten, Reuben and Rene Martinez, Benito Tapia and many more. Her early music career began in 1972-74 in Goleta with Joe Munda Band (Orchid Bowl) and Johnny Harris, (Holiday Inn); and the Arthritis Telethon (KTLA) in 1972. Roy Chamberlain, her first piano player, was hugely influential in her early music development. He was the arranger for the King Sister's for many years as well as the conductor for the CBS orchestra in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Marilyn King and Sandy met and sang together for the first time in 1998.
 
Marriage and family led Sandy away from music for 24 years. After the death of her spouse in 1998, she drew back into her music to cope with her losses and found a haven of healing in singing music. She's been doing it ever since -- first at SOhO, then Andria's Harborside for occasional bookings. Several long running performances at Beto's Cantina, Bistro Med, and Josie's Four Winds (then became the Pacific Cove) where she performed on Sunday nights for 140 weeks. She is celebrating an opening night at the Big Yellow House in Summerland on Sunday, June 13 at 5:00. She branched into the Ventura area in 2002, and can be seen there at the Pierpont Inn on a fairly regular basis. Other credits include performances at the Garden Terrace in Ojai, Tony's Steak and Seafood in Ventura and The Figaro in Santa Barbara. In addition, she performed for President Bill Clinton and Lois Capps at a Fund Raiser in 2002, and in 2003, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation selected her to provide music for honoree, Harry Belafonte. She has shared the stage in jam sessions with the following notables -- Carl Saunders, Joe Correro, Chris Colangelo, Randy Crawford, Marilyn King, James Arnold, Perlene Thurston, Jevine Karys & Jerome Smith. Sandy appears on Peter Clark's CD "Been There, Done That", and most recently on Jeff Elliott's, "Different Jungles". "Both CD appearances do not represent what I do as a singer, lol. But, I'm in the liner notes, just the same!"
 
Sandy was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1947 and has been in California since 1953 and Santa Barbara since 1965. She married and raised a family between 1974 and 1998. She has been with UCSB since 1969 and is currently graduate advisor in the UCSB Music Department. She has also been a volunteer therapist at New Beginnings Counseling Center since 1994.

 

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