Christina Crerar, Jazz Vocalist
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Christina Crerar, Jazz Vocalist

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The best kept secret in music


"Christina Crerar at Swiss Embassy"

Washington Post
Monday, November 8, 2004; Page C04

Levine Jazz Faculty

The setting was more conference hall than cabaret at the Swiss Embassy on Friday night, but no matter. Three jazz faculty members of the Levine School of Music turned a program devoted to Cole Porter and the Gershwins into a cozy celebration of the composers' art and genius.

Vocalist Christina Crerar, pianist Robert Sykes and trumpeter Chris Battistone brought a lightly swinging and relaxed touch to the performance, brimming with pop favorites yet delightfully punctuated now and then by a seldom-heard verse. Crerar's sunny voice was particularly well suited to the more cheerful songs, including "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "You Do Something to Me." And there was no mistaking her harmonic finesse when she began to scat, gracefully embellishing " 'S Wonderful" and other evergreens.

Sykes occasionally compensated for the absence of a bassist with pumping left-hand "walking" patterns, and he fashioned compact improvisations dotted with flowing melodic variations. Battistone, meanwhile, added both commentary and color. In addition to responding to the vocals with blues-tinted refrains, he used trumpet, flugelhorn and a few mutes to brighten and shade the uncluttered arrangements. Of the ballads, none proved more affecting than "Every Time We Say Goodbye," which was soulfully enhanced by Sykes's reflective solo and Battistone's warm-toned fluegelhorn. In the end, what shone brightest were the matchless lyrics and the enduring melodies heard throughout the evening -- additional testimony to the trio's sensitivity and taste.

-- Mike Joyce - Washington Post


-"Little Jazz Bird" 2005 (full-length, independent solo release)
-Recorded for Warner Brothers big band catalog 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Raised in a small New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia, Christina Crerar moved to the Washington DC area for college and stayed to pursue a career in music. After graduation, Christina found herself in demand as a freelance vocalist, singing everything from jazz to rock and even opera. Finding her calling in jazz, she cites a laundry list influences including vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Anita O'Day, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan and Nat 'King' Cole.

She has performed in theatres, clubs and concert halls throughout the US, Japan, Korea, Okinawa and the Netherlands. The East Coast has seen her at Blues Alley - DC, the Kennedy Center's mainstage -DC, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - DC, Cada Vez - DC, Utopia - DC, Reston Festival - VA, Alexandria Jazz Festival -VA and Black Rock Center for the Arts - MD, among other venues.

In addition to performing, Christina teaches jazz voice in her private voice studio and is on the teaching staff of the prestigious Levine School of Music. She also enjoys working with the VA Unit of the IAJE.

Christina brings a combination of great musicality and understated charm to her live performances and recordings - her debut album is a testament to this talent. "Little Jazz Bird" is freshly minted and copies are available through the singer's website