After twenty years teaching in the Chicago school system, Sandi Rossi followed her heart's desire by going into jazz full time. The teaching profession's loss and jazz's gain. Rossi was already performing at the early age of 16 when she was with a teenaged group doing show tunes and other standards at hospitals and the like around Chicago. After graduating from Roosevelt University in Chicago and then teaching, Rossi started to sing full time in the late 1980's with a permanent gig at the Clock Tower in Rockford, IL. In 1993, she moved to New York City where she hooked up with veteran pianist, Tony Monti, who was the late, great Johnny Hartman's accompanist. Early in her career Rossi, in an effort to get a "style", tried at different times tried to emulate in turn Carmen McRae, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald. Realizing she needed to have her way with the music, Rossi developed a style which turns out to combine the breathy quality of a Blossom Dearie with the delicate phrasing of a Lee Wiley. Believing that the key to vocalizing is to make the song your own, Rossi works hard at giving special expression to the words for each tune she presents. Her wide ranging repertoire is apparent on her album Never Let Me Go. Released in 1999, this album has a play list of nineteen songs running from the oft-recorded standards to less performed but intriguing melodies, such as "Lilac Wine."Rossi now performs regularly in New York at such locations as Danny's Skyline Room and at New England venues.
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