Sunny Wilkinson, a beloved jazz vocalist in Michigan who has trained a generation of singers at both Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities, recently decided to take a little time for herself and her trio in the recording studio, which resulted in her new album, Into The Light.
A longtime friend and colleague of Jazz Currents host Keith Hall, Wilkinson agreed to join him in WMUK's Takeda Studio to sing a few of her favorite songs, backed up by jazz pianist Matthew Fries. It was the first time she and Fries had met. They put their spin on the songs "It Could Happen To You," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Charlie's Tune," "Squeeze Me," and "Your Eyes."
Hall asks Wilkinson about her early career as a singer on the Los Angeles scene, her secrets to a positive attitude, and how bodywork - methods like the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, NIA and more - have changed her approach to her singing and herself.
Sunny Wilkinson, Gene Bertoncini, and Thomas Knific will perform on Monday, March 26 at