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The Pitch Jazz Beat - January 4, 2017

Jazz Beat: Eboni Fondren, with the Joe Cartwright Trio

 JAN 4, 2017 1 PM

You’ve heard Eboni Fondren. She is the female voice asking you to turn off your phone before the start of every movie at every AMC theater. She has done voiceovers for TV commercials. She has sung in shows with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and at the New Theatre Restaurant. She co-hosts the weekly public-radio jazz-and-comedy series 12th Street Jump. But the best place to hear her is sitting back in a jazz club. Fondren is one of the most successful disiciples of Kansas City organ master Everett DeVan, who has trained a score of female vocalists. Her precise readings of jazz standards, which she seasons with a dash of R&B, fill a room with energy and delight. On Friday, Fondren joins the trio led by fellow 12th Street Jump regular pianist Joe Cartwright at the Green Lady Lounge. Do turn off that cell phone.

Neon Jazz Radio Interview - January 18, 2016

A Jazz radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christoper in Kansas City, Missouri. Giving listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions .. Jazz. From Miles Davis to The Bad Plus, the world of Jazz is our playground. Take a listen on KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) out of Liberty, MO on Saturday Morning from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and Sunday Morning from 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. Catch it on TuneIn Radio via the web.

KC JazzLark - July 27, 2015

Eboni Fondren at The Broadway Kansas City

She was out of town the better part of a year in theater productions. So, one of the best statements we can make about the state of jazz in Kansas City today is this: Eboni is back.

Singer Eboni Fondren takes the stage and takes control. And when she surrounds herself with musicians the caliber of pianist Charles Williams, bassist Tyrone Clark, drummer Mike Warren and saxophonist Ian Corbett, you know you’re hearing an ensemble without a weak link within earshot. 

That was the case a couple Fridays ago, on July 17th, at The Broadway Kansas City (formerly The Broadway Jazz Club). Photos are below, just in case you made the mistake of not being there. As always, clicking on a shot should open a larger version of it.

Eboni Fondren Quintet. Left to right: Charles Williams on piano, Tyrone Clark on bass, Mike Warren on drums, Eboni Fondren, vocals, Ian Corbett on saxophone.
Eboni Fondren sings
Charles Williams on keyboards
Bassist Tyrone Clark
Drummer Mike Warren
Eboni framed by Tyrone and Mike
Saxophonist Ian Corbett
Eboni at the microphone
Charles Williams and Tyrone Clark
Eboni Fondren

The Pitch Jazz Beat - February 13, 2014

Jazz Beat: Eboni Fondren Quartet, at the Broadway Jazz Club and the Green Lady Lounge

 FEB 13, 2014 4 AM

Eboni Fondren has a voice that drips with the blues and a seductive power — a song from her pulls you in, then knocks you around with a powerful, sultry swing. She's got quite the pedigree, too, having spent eight years singing with organist Everette DeVan, and she can still sometimes be heard sitting in with DeVan's Tuesday jams at the Phoenix. She has performed musical roles, and she has her own ensembles. Among the best is the Eboni Fondren Quartet, backed by the exquisite piano of Charles Williams. Two shows this week offer two chances to hear the group: Friday at the Broadway Jazz Club and Saturday at the Green Lady Lounge.

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Uniquley Kansas City - February 14, 2009

KCPT will feature a special on Kansas City and one of the segments will showcase me!

Tune in on February 19, 2009 at 8pm on PBS for this look into Kansas City's uniquley talented city!

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