SHELLY RUDOLPH - jazz vocalist
SHELLY RUDOLPH is a maker of soul music, as a fine and sultry
singer and songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire
for emotional truth.
Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Shelly spent
much of her time in her mother’s art gallery surrounded
by visual and performance artists of all types. She soaked
up the creative energy and experimented with many forms of
media – from drawing, to painting, to writing, to dance,
to music, and found her bliss in song. The freedom, intimacy
and beauty of jazz & blues captured her spirit and unleashed
a powerful and soul filled voice that was hidden within this
Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday,
Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Shelly quickly went from listener
to performer sharing the stage with local favorites Don Latarski,
Emmett Williams and Warren Rand and soon had her own weekly
gig at Jo Federigo’s, the hottest jazz club in town.
She followed musical pursuits to New York City, Portland and
Los Angeles where she began to write and perform her own material
as well as unfold her interpretations of favorite jazz standards
and soul ballads.
Her classic yet fresh sound - sweet and sultry,
subtle and rich – has garnered invitations to tour Japan,
Korea and the West Indies and made her a feature in jazz venues
on both coasts of the U.S. Since moving back home to the Northwest,
Shelly has received the warmest of welcomes and has been thrilled
to play regularly with some of Portland’s great musical
talents including Tom Grant, Ron Steen, Ramsey Embick, Scott
Steed (of Diane Shure) and Phil Baker (of Pink Martini) as
well as New Orleans native and recent Oregonian, Devin Phillips.
Shelly is also enjoying the (long-awaited) release of her new
album, Water in My Hand, which she wrote and produced. It is
a culmination of her travels, geographically, musically & emotionally:
a journey that is jazzy around the edges, unabashedly romantic
in spirit and filled with soul.
Recorded while attending graduate
school in Mythological Studies in Santa Barbara, CA, the album
features David Piltch (bassist for KD Lang and Madeleine Peyroux),
Ken Stange (Musical Director and keyboardist for Joe Cocker
and Dennis Quaid) and Tom Lackner (former drummer with Flora
Purim and Airto) among others.