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Saturday, August 11, 2012


FREE JAZZ & BLUES--San Diego native Whitney Shay will take the stage Aug. 11 in concert at North Park’s Bird Rock Concert Series from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The local park venue is located where Pershing Drive meets 28th Street and Upas.

Getting her start out in musical theatre, Whitney still enjoys working on various film, modeling, acting, and dance projects while also maintaining a busy schedule as a working musician. A San Diego native, Shay holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre- with a Performance emphasis from San Diego State University. Shay's love for jazz, blues, and swing music became ignited when she became active in the San Diego swing dance community; while she simultaneously began singing with bands.

Whitney finds inspiration in a large range of music from the blues and jazz of Bessie Smith & Billie Holiday in the '20s and '30s, to the R&B and Soul of Etta James & Sam Cooke in the 50s and 60s; and her musical performances reflect this variety. Whitney Shay is a hard working and versatile performer, and you can find her singing with anything from a jazz duo to quartet, her high energy five piece swingin' blues and R&B band ("Whitney Shay and the Shakedowns!"), a 13 piece Big Band ("The JazzKatz Project"), or working in various configurations with some of the most talented musicians in town!

Sample her Style:
YouTube: singing Love me like a man at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach.


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