Join The Drunken Bean and jazz singer, Kimberly Gordon.
Chicago native Kimberly Gordon has been a part of the national Jazz scene for twenty-five years, playing top venues and receiving high acclaim from critics and musicians alike. During her five year stint in New York City, she was Artist in Residence at Smalls and Cleopatra's Needle also singing at The Village Vanguard, Bradley's, Sweet Basil and other top venues. Kimberly has shared the stage with Jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Harry"Sweets" Edison, Marcus Roberts, Frank Hewitt, Barry Harris, Captain Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Von Freeman, and countless others.
In her hometown, Chicago, Kimberly just finished up a 10 year run as Artist in Residence at the world renowned Green Mill Jazz Club (Kurt Elling's home base), where she held court on Sunday nights, a highly coveted spot. Kimberly was also the original singer there as well with the Swing Shift Orchestra every Thursday for 15 years, garnering her the title "The Nightingale of The Green Mill Lounge".
Whenever Kimberly Gordon performs, she can literally hold a Jazz clinic: she has a unique talent that allows her to sing and tutor her audience simultaneously. Alternating her singing with rich explanations of each song's origin, its context within a particular film, or its relevance within Jazz history.Most importantly,she swings hard, very hard!
Kimberly is also a multi-columnist and features writer for Chicago Jazz Magazine to a dedicated 5K following.