August 9th 2014 Concert from 7:00pm to 9:30pmPurchase_Tickets
Guest Vocalist Cami Thompson.

Cami Thompson -- singer, band leader, arranger, songwriter, teacher - has gained a world-wide reputation for wowing audiences with her 4-octave voice of great beauty, control and passion, her zany wit, blazing scat solos,  and her humorous interaction with her audiences. Combining elements from her training and background in jazz, pop, musical theater and classical music, she moves through whispering to belting out her vast repertoire with robust honesty and exciting vibrancy. Her style has been called "a delightful mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler", and she is often compared to voices like Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Cook and Sarah Vaughan. But Cami is an original, gathering fans throughout 35 years of performing across the US, Europe and Asia, in nightclubs, concerts, festivals and theaters with her unique charm and rich talents.

Raised in a musical family, Cami started singing at 2, piano lessons at 6, and song with her sisters throughout their childhood at church and civic events. She continued her music education through college, with courses and lessons in classical voice training (8 years), musical theater, theory, synths, recording, arranging, and performance - while playing keyboards and singing in rock, pop, funk, soul and jazz bands.

Cami has 6 solo albums to her credit, has guested on dozens of others, and has appeared asOpening Act for the Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Art Blakey, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, Ernestine Anderson and others. She has performed in lead theatrical roles in over 40 plays and musicals, including Annie (Miss Hannigan), Mame (Mame and Gooch), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Follies (Sally), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy), Girl Crazy (Kate Fothergill), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Miss Mona - 4 times!), Noises Off! (Dottie Otley), the opera Hansel and Gretel (Witch), Showboat (Ellie Mae), Candide (Old Lady).

Cami performs with her own bands (from solo piano accompaniment to her jazz trio to her jazz-rock quintet to her 7-piece swing band "Cami & The Cosmopolitans" to big band) as well as performing as guest artist with bands and groups throughout the West Coast and Europe at jazz clubs, concerts, private events and jazz festivals. She also performs for educational festivals as a jazz clinician, judge and guest artist. She has sung at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Juan Les Pins Festival du Jazz in France, and several others, while working 2 years in Europe.  She has won awards and accolades for her entertainment skills.

Critics have called Cami's talents "dazzling" and "electric," with "a voice that stands out like diamonds from glitter," while captivating audiences with a highly charged magnetism." Rollan Melton, late editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal, wrote that Cami is "among the world's great entertainers" and Myrna Daniels of L.A. Jazz Scene wrote that a "dramatic, brassy, sassy and lovely” voice. Friend and co-star Toni Tenille says: "Cami probably has more talent than any performer I know. Her voice does things I can only dream of doing. She has incredible stage charisma and timing, and she's got THAT VOICE!" After co-starring with Miss Thompson in "Annie Get Your Gun," veteran Broadway musical actor John Raitt simply said, "Cami is stunning!"

Cami teaches voice privately in her San Francisco studio and in the Reno-Tahoe area, and in clinics around the west. She enjoys arranging music, songwriting, traveling the world, snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking, tree-hugging, political activism for the environment and peace, eating great food (often lovingly prepared for her by her very own "kitchen mechanic") exploring the cultural scenes, movies, concerts, reading, laughing a lot, and tending her balcony garden with great joy.

To read more on Cami or hear some of her music click here.

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