Jazz Currents: Vocalist Sunny Wilkinson and Matthew Fries

Mar 12, 2018

Sunny Wilkinson, whoe album 'Into The Light' was released in March
Credit sunnywilkinson.com

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.

Sunny Wilkinson in action (and engineer Martin Klemm in the booth).
Credit Keith Hall

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 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Matthew Fries and Sunny Wilkinson in WMUK's Takeda Studio.
Credit Keith Hall

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