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Vocalist Saundra Silliman's musical passion has always been jazz. Saundra studied violin before finding her own voice as a singer citing Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson as being the most influential in her later development. Classically trained vocally, she grew up and performed in the Oakland, California climate of jazz, R & B, funk and gospel music. With a mom herself a singer and pianist with very eclectic (from Debussy to Ellington, show tunes to opera) musical taste, served to broaden her daughter’s musical palette. It was this very fertile musical ground that allowed Ms. Silliman to gain the tools and versatility she needed to come into her own as a vocalist. Silliman's recent musical project is a voice and bass collaboration with bassist Tony Cimorosi. The two perform a broad spectrum of musical genre including original pieces. The dynamic duo opened for acclaimed guitarist George Benson at New Jersey's Bergen Performance Art Center (Bergen PAC). Silliman has toured Southern Africa with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program through Jazz at Lincoln Center/State Department. She has performed with jazz masters Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams, Larry Coryell and Onaje Allen Gumbs; in performance venues as large as the Osaka Prefectural Auditorium in Japan, as well known as Birdland Jazz Club in New York City and as intimate as Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret. No stranger to theatre, stage credits include, cast member in the work shop production of "Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope" under the direction of acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C; appeared as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day & Prez” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; "Two Gentlemen of Verona" with the San Jose Civic Light Opera Co. and more Ms. Silliman also enjoys teaching children through music enrichment programs, choral direction and musical theater. She has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Patti Cathcart and Opera singer/teacher Brenda Miller. Silliman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University.

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SAUNDRA SILLIMAN– Vocalist With inspiration drawn from music she heard growing up in Oakland, California, Saundra's love of Jazz shines through as the "main course" in her repertoire and performances, which are at times "seasoned" with sounds of R & B, Funk and Gospel music from her home town. Saundra studied violin before finding her own voice as a singer, citing Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson as being the most influential in her later development in Jazz. Her mom's own very eclectic musical taste (from Debussy to Ellington, show tunes to opera), served to broaden her daughter's musical palette. Singing with R & B bands and sitting- in with major jazz names in Oakland and the South Bay area, Saundra reaped the benefits of a land rich with talent. While attending San Jose State University, her classical voice studies allowed her to sing arias and art songs, but singing in the vocal jazz ensemble was where her passion grew. Taking a vocal improv class with then, Artist in Resident, Bobby McFerrin, and private vocal coaching with Patti Cathcart (of guitar and vocal, duo, Tuck and Patti ) were definite perks of being in the area. Before graduating with a BA in vocal performance with a jazz concentration, Saundra got a taste of the big stage. She landed a spot in the quartet of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” with the San Jose Civic Light Opera Co. It wasn't jazz, but " it was wonderful" Giving in to her passion for singing and for jazz, Saundra moved to New York. Since coming to the east coast, Silliman has toured Southern Africa with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program through Jazz at Lincoln Center/State Department. Performance venues include Concert Halls in Japan and Cape Town, SA, Town Hall, NYC; to intimate Jazz Clubs in Greater Metropolitan Area venues including Birdland and Danny’s Skylight Room, and Trumpets in Montclair, NJ. She has shared the stage with jazz greats, pianists Onaje Allan Gumbs, Herbie Hancock, Helen Sung; Bassist, Buster Williams, trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Larry Coryell to name a few. Stage credits include the role of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day & Prez" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a cast member in the work shop production of "Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope" at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C. directed by Tony award winning director Kenny Leon, and more. In addition to performing, Saundra is no stranger to music education. She has enjoyed teaching children from pre-school to High school in music enrichment programs, choral direction and Musical Theatre. She has served as a vocal coach for singers and dialogue coach for actors. Saundra's latest project is the Voice and Bass CD, Duotone. DuoTone was inspired by bassist Tony Cimorosi's vision of creating a connection matching the timbre of his bass to a voice. That connection was made while Saundra was attending a concert where Tony was performing and she sat in with the band, Through a chance encounter, the beginning of a musical partnership was made. The choice of songs represents their musical similarities with overlapping colors and textures for a kind of, DuoTone.