December 13, 1994 |
It's no secret that Los Angeles has a large number of first-rate jazz performers who have difficulty finding work, much less landing a recording contract. Music business professionals offer various explanations: a surplus of talent, the complexities of developing new artists, and so on. In the case of singer Stephanie Haynes, however, the only logical rationale for her mystifying absence from the roster of a major jazz record label has to be a kind of mass executive auditory myopia.
December 27, 1990 |
You think you were busy before Christmas. Singer Stephanie Haynes, who lives in San Juan Capistrano, says she traveled "about 600 miles" making gigs during one week in December, with a club date in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, the grand opening of a Japanese nightclub in Torrance on Tuesday, a stop at Chadney's in Burbank on Wednesday and a weekend engagement at a new nightspot, Central Park West, in Brentwood.
July 23, 1993 |
Singer Stephanie Haynes has her own version of the popular bumper sticker: "So many tunes, so little time," she complains good-naturedly. Haynes has a strong commitment to the American songbook in general, and jazz standards in particular, matched by few vocalists. "I'm not going to do a Stevie Wonder number anymore," she said. "I sang pop tunes when I started working professionally, but never again."
June 7, 1997
On Monday night, a group of seasoned jazz musicians will perform to help one of their own, jazz singer Stephanie Haynes. Haynes, who has no health insurance, was hit with big medical bills after an undisclosed illness last month. "[Being uninsured] is a common thing with musicians," said Jack Prather, who organized the event to help cover her expenses. Because she is recovering from surgery, Haynes will not attend.
January 8, 1994
To answer Leonard Feather's questions, "Where have all the great jazz singers gone?" and "Where are the new jazz singers coming from?" ("We Need a Unique Stylist, Not a Clone," Dec. 25), the finest female jazz singer I know of is alive and well and right here in Southern California. Her name is Stephanie Haynes. The audience is held spellbound as soon as the first notes are sung. But she doesn't just sing a lyric--she gets inside of it and lives it. She sings in Los Angeles and Orange counties, often accompanied by Dave Mackay, at such places as Leows Santa Monica, Lunaria, Jazz Bakery and others.
January 22, 1994
To answer Leonard Feather's questions, "Where have all the great jazz singers gone?" and "Where are the new jazz singers coming from?" ("We Need a Unique Stylist, Not a Clone," Dec. 25), the finest female jazz singer I know of is alive and well and right here in Southern California. Her name is Stephanie Haynes. Although influenced by some great predecessors, she has a unique and sophisticated style that is distinctly her own--no tricks, gimmicks or smoke and mirrors but a beautiful, richly textured voice that has matured into a finely crafted instrument.