Smokey and smooth have been words used to describe her, and her sound is one you will definitely remember. Named among the "Top Ten Jazz Albums" in British Columbia in 2003, and named by Cincinnati's Citybeat Magazine as one of the "Top Local Artists To Produce a CD On A National Level" in 2002, Ms. Jaz is making her mark with her recently released CD "Chances".
A Cincinnati based vocalist and writer; she has performed on stages in the Cincinnati, Charleston, Kokomo, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas. She has shared the stage with such artists as , jazz great Gumbi Ortiz, percussionist for guitar great Al Di Meola and Cincinnati's own great jazz keyboardists Sam Jackson and Erwin Stuckey.
Many have compared her smmoth vocals to the great Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan and Anita Baker. Ms. Jaz has performed background vocals live in concert for Phil Perry, Windham Hill's hot vocalist at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center and opened for Regina Belle at the 1999 Applause Magazine Image Maker Awards Gala and Bobby Blue Bland at the Cincinnati Black Family Reunion. In 2002, she was invited back to the Cincinnat Black Family Reunion to open for Marion Meadows and back again in 2003 to open for Pieces Of A Dream. She also performed at the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Applause Magazine Image Maker Awards.
She has been featured regionally with Cincinnati's own "JAMSET" a group comprised of session and touring musicians who have played and opened for such acts as Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws, Pieces of a Dream, Phil Perry, Regina Belle, and most recently Bobby Blue bland.
Jaz has been a repeat performer at Cincinnati's Ujima Festival, Juneteenth and the Lincoln Heights City Festival. She has also performed at the Annual NAACP Gala and Habitat for Cincinnati.
In addition to Jazz, Sheila sings and performs R&B, Adult Contemporary, Blues, Motown, and Gospel. She is also a member of "Jubal" a Contemporary Gospel Ensemble.
Jaz is no stranger to live theatre. As a member of Cincinnati's Amethyst Ensemble, she received leading roles in numerous live theatre productions.
Jaz's first single was released on the "Essence Of Now" Record Label December 15, 2001. Her newly released CD, "Chances" was recorded on the D'Mar Entertainment Record Label and has remained on radio rotation on the East Coast since its release June 23, 2002.
Presently, the Ms. Jaz Fan Club is growing with membership circling the globe. Jaz is being marketed internationally with sales in the USA, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, Australia, British Columbia, Canada, Germany and The United Kingdom.