“Phrasing with the sensitivity of a horn player, her intonation flawless” was quoted by
Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times, while others have crowned her style, and
showmanship of music, as the rebirth of Jazz.
Cheryl Conley native of Pasadena California, and the eldest daughter of Britt & Alice Conley,
remembers hearing the sweet sounds of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Etta James. Her
musical talent was apparent at an early age, chosen as lead in her second grade spring
program. Playing the flute by 5th grade awarded Cheryl a vocal scholarship in the 10th
grade to attend the USC Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts summer program.
Joining the Ike and Tina Turner Review as an Ikette during her senior year in high school,
Cheryl has been quoted saying “I wrote my mother a note and took off”. The Ike and Tina
Turner Review as set to open for the Rollin Stones in England in May, but Cheryl decided
graduating from High School in June was her first priority, so she elected to stay behind.
Cheryl hit the ground running, first recording “I Found Someone of My Own” with Columbia
Records pop group, The Free Movement in the 70’s, and later featured as lead vocalist with
The Cal State University Los Angeles Jazz Band opening the historical Playboy Jazz Festival in
1982. Cheryl was the first voice major to receive a music degree in Jazz Studies from
Cal State University Los Angeles.
Later years, Cheryl was standing performer at Palermo Restaurant in Hollywood,
Catalina’s Bar and Grill, The Hip Kitty, and Nick & Stef’s in Los Angeles, as well as, opening
two venues, Café 322 in Sierra Madre, CA, and Red White and Blues in Pasadena, CA.
In April 2008 Cheryl self produced her first production “A Tribute To Women In Jazz”. The
Show featured women who were influential beginning in the 1800’s. The show was a mix of
Impromptu moments, authentic costumes & brief bio’s of women that have contributed to
the eclectic sounds of jazz.
Under the TCB Montreux Jazz label, Cheryl will debut her album “Lemon Twist” on
February 18, 2010. Previous released albums: Tender Moments & Santa Baby. Cheryl
is truly a beautiful listening bouquet that has fully bloomed. Expect the sent of this beautiful
bouquet that can only be smelled through your ears.