"Sultry Voice.... Delicate Arrangements.... Each Song threatening to become a Standard"! - The Beachside Resident
Compared to Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, and Pearl Bailey, singer, songwriter and musician Sybil Gage grew up in the uptown New Orleans Jazz scene. "My grandparents property had a bar on the first floor and you could always hear the music upstairs. It was where musicians would hang out and play the Blues."
Watching the scene at Rosy's on Tchopitoulas , Jimmy's on Willow and Tipitina's on Napoleon Ave only endeared her to music that surrounded her each and every day. "New Orleans has a universal love for good music and good food. I was influenced by my neighbors, the Neville Brothers, and kicked up a friendship with the sensational pianist James Booker, while chumming around with Henry Butler. My sister would go with me to Rosy's to see Professor Longhair more often than we went to church. We came out of that place sanctified."
After beginning stints as a DJ in New Orleans ( WYLD), she headed to Chicago and then to New York where she earned her degree in Fine Arts from NYU. She honed and developed her talents by doing gigs at small clubs like the Village Door in Queens and leaned on actor Gregory Hines for advice and support. "He's the one that kept me focused," she says of him.
Sybil moved to Florida and quickly developed a large and devoted following with her own Blues & Jazz style. Her CD 'Red' took the public by storm and left them clamoring for more. She peppers her repetoire with jazzy blues numbers like "Stormy Weather" , Alberta Hunter's " My Castle's Rockin" and New Orleans favorite " Hip Shakin Mama" as well as original tunes like "Red" which is a nightly request.
The title cut 'Red' was used in a PBS documentary on The Mummers and Philadelphia artist James Dupree.
Sybil has appeared on the cover of Hot House Magazine; been interviewed on Fred Migliores FM Odyssey 89.5; headlined for the Space Coast Jazz Society: been elected Spacecoast Living Magazine 's "BEST MUSICIAN" ; been listed as # 6 on the list of 100 great things about living in Brevard County"; Sybil has been a recent guest artist on the famed " Jazz on the Beach " radio show hosted by "Gentleman" Jack Simpson, and recently performed for basketball star Vince Carter by personal invite.
Sybil has been honored with two ASCAP Plus Awards.
Sybil hosts "The Stormy Monday Show" (streaming every Saturday at 7pm on www.1300wmel.com ) featuring Jazz and Blues. She has just returned from a New York City tour playing with such greats as vibraphonist Warren Chiasson, at The United Nations, "The Real Stormin' Norman", Celebrated New Orleans Clarinetist Rick Bogart, at Le Parker Meridian Hotel. While in NYC Sybil taped appearances on Joy Ryder's "Rhythm Club TV Program"
Often dubbed the hardest working woman in Jazz she doesn't look to give up that title anytime soon. "I've always had music in my life. There's no changing that now."
"Sybil's music immediately reminds you of the legendary jazz soul greats. Authentic, refreshing and a much needed talent." Studio Noize Magazine
"Sybil Gage is authentic in her stage presence , authentic in her music and authentic in her character. " Jack Simpson "Jazz on the beach" WUCF 89.9 FM
“Sybil Gage is the embodiment of all that is New Orleans. She is an Enchantress of Music,
Love, and Laughter whose performances will move you to a higher dimension.”
- Diane Mack, NPR-WWNO FM 89.9 New Orleans
“Sybil sings jazz straight from her heart as she transports her audiences back to a time when jazz ruled America. She is a Superstar who lives in our own backyard.”
- Joel Greenblatt, President, Space Coast Jazz Society
Harmoniously superior sound full of raw emotion and vibrant energy!”
- Mike Nunez, Shake, Rattle, and Know. Florida Today
“Damn Girl.” “Damn Girl!!” “Damn Girl!!!!”
- Fred Migliore FM Odyssey WFIT 89.5 FM
“A little Bessie, a little Billie, a little Pearl, stir it up with being raised in “The Quarter”, the audience eats it up, the band follows right along and whatever was troubling you isn’t. Sybil respects the old singers and writes her own tunes… Very Well!!”
- Barry Brogan, President, Central Fl. Folk, Inc.
Sybil’s musical performances are full of the music of her hometown New Orleans, and include originals influenced by her hometown associations and of course Jazz, Standards, Blues, and Soul. Sybil says, “As I tour I realize I am getting back home. One note at a time… but I am getting back home.”
Sybil’s CD “RED” (available at www.CDBABY.com) consists of nine original tunes (ASCAP) and W.C. Handy’s “St Louis Blues”. Cuts from her first CD “RED” are currently receiving airplay on radio stations across the country including WWNO, WFIT, WLOQ, WMFE, WUCF.
Internet and nationally syndicated programs feature Sybil and her music on a regular basis.
Sybil’s vocals will be used in a new documentary about Zora Neal Hurston.
Sybil is “In Residence” at Heidi’s Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach FL. Tuesday evenings.
Sybil is on the road most weekends. Hiltons, Festivals, Clubs and will be in Europe, spring 2010
Sybil’s new CD “Nola Calling” is now available. www.sybilsings.com PayPal Visa Mastercard
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"When I was just slightly sybilized I fell in love with two music lovers and historians that hosted a Radio show on New York's WBAI called The Stormy Monday Show . It was at the time a ratty public radio station in terms of the decor, and home to several cats. This was back in 1982 or so. These two guys, James Browne and David Jackson , besides being highly intelligent and extremely knowledgable about the music they presented , were the funniest people In the world to me. I soon weaseled my way into their lives and became a regular part of the program.
They took me on as a sister ( and a street urchin) and just took me everywhere they went. I soon became an album carrying member, and even went down to New Orleans and interviewed the Bayou Maharaja himself, James Booker, for the show.
Sadly, David passed away a few years back, but James and I just reconnected recently. I want their essence to live on as well as the music. This show is my tribute to them and the music they loved, as I now love it......"