Legendary vocalist Sue Raney, recognized as one of the leading jazz singers from the Great American Songbook, will be the featured artist at KCLU's benefit jazz concert on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. All proceeds benefit KCLU FM, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties' source for NPR and jazz.
Multiple Grammy–nominated Raney will combine her veteran voice with a quartet of stellar musicians including Dick Shreve on piano, Ron Eschete on guitar, Tom Warrington on bass and Paul Kreibich on drums.
Raney, who began singing at age 4, had her own radio and television shows by the time she was 12 in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. At age 15 she moved to Hollywood where she joined the Jack Carson Radio Show and recorded for Capitol Records with Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Alan Broadbent and Med Flory's Supersax.
Following her concert tradition of featuring up–and–coming jazz musicians, local students from the Westlake High School jazz combo will provide free pre–show entertainment at 6:15 p.m. in the theatre lobby.
The concert is presented by KCLU Radio 88.3 and 102.3 FM. Tickets are $23–$32 and are available at the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, Ticketmaster or KCLU.