Jazz Vocal Standards
With inspiration provided by the lustrous Sarah Vaughan, Eugenia began to expand her knowledge and love of the Great American Songbook. Other influences in that vein have been Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Ernestine Anderson, as well as the more contemporary influences of Diana Kraal, Rebecca Parris and Jackie Allen. Eugenia performs with guitar player Chester Tocha in a jazz duo, that is a perfect accompaniment at restaurants, art galleries and receptions. She recorded a big band album on the Southport Label called Where or When and feels lucky to have recorded with Chicago Greats such as Bobby Schiff, Warren Kime, Russ Phillips, Jim Cox and Charlie Braugham to name a few.
Chicago’s rich musical diversity has also provided Eugenia with other singing opportunities that have allowed her to expand and develop her extensive vocal talent. Relationships developed at the Old Town School of Folk Music introduced Eugenia to the rich and lush world of three part harmony. In the powered up bluegrass group Charming Axe, Eugenia has made music for ten years with the talents of Rob Newhouse, Hannah Hill, Colby Maddox and Susie Marques. The group has performed at a diverse number of venues such as Fitzgerald’s, Uncommon Ground, The Beat Kitchen, summer festivals and on the main stage of the Folk and Roots Festival.
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Eugenia sings with the band the Teflons, a vocally driven Old time country band featuring the talents of Barb Silverman, Rick Veras, Gail Tyler and Colby Maddox. The Teflons can be seen around town and have performed at venues such as the Heartland Café, and the Two Way Street Coffeehouse, Fitzgeralds, Chicago area libraries and Andersonville and Custer Street festivals, among others.
Linda M. Smith Band
Eugenia’s involvement with popular Chicago singer/songwriter, Linda M. Smith resulted in recorded and live performances of Smith’s inspirational and lush concept album based on the compelling life of Artemisia Gentileschi, a heroic 17th century Italian painter who endured hardship and prejudice while pursuing her craft. Eugenia contributes flute and backing vocals to this sweeping work that also includes the talents of Michael Smith on guitar, Katherine Hughes on violin, Robert Arendt on drums and percussion, Marc Beringer on bass and of course Ms. Smith at lead vocal and piano. Live performances of this work include a multimedia presentation of images of Artemisia’s work that have inspired Ms. Smith’s original compositions. The show has been performed over 30 times at area libraries, universities and private functions.