b. Trudi Brown, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Intent on being a singer from a small child, Mann sang in an a cappella choir while in high school and also formed her own trio, the Melo-dears. After singing in various clubs in her home town, she formed a jazz trio which she took on the road. Trudi Mann And Men performed at venues all across the country, playing clubs, concerts, and festivals. While working with this group, Mann learned to play drums, accompanying herself and thus becoming an integral part of her group rather than simply the up-front singer/leader. Engagingly self-deprecating, she refers to this accomplishment as being able to play cocktail drums. This group worked steadily for six years until, in the early 70s, she settled in New York City. Since then, Mann has appeared at all the most prestigious jazz venues and from the early 90s, has hosted and performed at New York’s most popular ‘open mic’ dates, engagements regularly attended by artists such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Barbara Lea, Carol Sloane and Patti Wicks. Mann has studied with Peter Eldridge and has also attended group classes with Nancy Marano and Mark Murphy. Mann’s elegant way with ballads, and her ability to swing has earned her a large following in New York, and she is very well respected by her fellow musicians.