Annette Lowman

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Although born in Denver, CO, Annette Lowman has thus far found her greatest fame as a jazz singer during the 15 years that she spent in Europe. Lowman was already a professional singer, mostly performing…
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Although born in Denver, CO, Annette Lowman has thus far found her greatest fame as a jazz singer during the 15 years that she spent in Europe. Lowman was already a professional singer, mostly performing R&B and pop, before she really discovered jazz. In 1980, she was working in the piano bar at Charlie's Georgetown in Washington D.C. while its supper club room featured such major names as Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Sonny Stitt, and Teddy Wilson. Hearing those performers changed her musical direction towards improvised music. On an impulse, Lowman moved to Paris in 1983. After a bit of a struggle, she found her way. She made her recording debut, made a few albums for the Minor Music label, and worked with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, and pianist Horace Parlan, among others. Among her recordings is a tribute to Oscar Brown, Jr (Brown Baby), and a self-titled set that features guest appearances by Stanley Turrentine and Maceo Parker. Although she has maintained a lower profile since moving to Portland in 1998, Lowman still performs locally and has proven to be a masterful and versatile improviser.