Stephanie Rooker

Stephanie Rooker


Stephanie Rooker revives classic jazz with innovation & sensitivity; flips standards with fresh arrangements & funky grooves; and brandishes saucy covers & originals. Her warm, soulful voice is playful, yet eloquent. Rooker performs with a conviction and intimacy that leaves listeners captivated.


Born and raised in the mountains of rural Virginia, Stephanie Rooker fell in love with music and began performing as a small child. Rooker studied music at Oberlin College, where she continued her classical vocal training, earned a Bachelors Degree in Ethnomusicology with a focus on the music of the West African Diaspora, and came out as a composer and performer of folk, blues, and jazz. She toured briefly as half of an acoustic duo with bluegrass guitarist Chris Eldridge.

After moving to New York in September of 2004, Rooker began studying jazz with Charles Sibirsky of Slope Music in Brooklyn. She has since performed regularly in venues throughout the city including: The Blue Water Grill, Detour Bar, Two Boots Brooklyn, Night & Day Restaurant, Sugar Bar, Superfine, and 55 Bar.

Set List

2 sets (90 minutes):

-love for sale
-spreadin rhythm around
-a flower is a lovesome thing
-just one of those things
-do i move you? (Nina Simone)
-but not for me
-a fine romance

-god bless the child
-sun blues (Stephanie Rooker)
-tea for two
-ghost of saturday night (Tom Waits)
-standing (Patty Griffin)
-them there eyes
-willow weep for me