b. 28 August 1972, New York City, New York, USA. Ciofalo sang from a very early age, first appearing in public at the age of nine. The music at this time in her life was traditional church music but later, after deciding upon a career as a singer, she studied at the Juilliard School of Music. Encouraged by educator Howlett Smith to explore jazz, she also studied at jazz workshops, the latter bringing her tuition from singers such as Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy, also performing with the latter, as well as pianist Barry Harris. In the mid-80s her professional career was launched when she was chosen from 300 applicants to sing with a big band. Although her chosen field is jazz, Ciofalo has also sung with reggae and rock bands, and has performed in the musical theatre. She plays a variety of venues, from small clubs to festivals, and is centred on the East Coast states. Ciofalo, who is also an accomplished songwriter, sings a wide-ranging repertoire, incorporating sultry ballads and raunchy blues songs.
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