“Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.”
— Ella Fitzgerald
A former “Raelette” with the legendary Ray Charles, L.A. native Tracey Whitney began performing with The Whitney Family at age 11. After touring with Ray, she spent 5 years singing solo in Japan before returning to her roots in Los Angeles. Since relocating to Albuquerque in 2012, she’s been thrilling audiences throughout the city with her unique brand of classic jazz and sophisticated soul in some of the city’s most notable venues, including a 7-month residency with her show, The Art of Jazz - in the Hotel Andaluz’s Casablanca Room, which was crowned “The Best Place for Jazz” in Albuquerque the Magazine’.
In addition to solo concerts including The Santa Fe Bandstand, St John’s College “Music on the Hill, Route 66 Summerfest concerts, Women's Voices and Ladies Sing the Blues at the Albuquerque Museum, she’s performed two Nancy Wilson tribute concerts (most recently at the Outpost Performance Space), a tribute to Nat King Cole with Horace Alexander Young at Paradiso in Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Philharmonic Gala in March 2020. Tracey has opened concerts for contemporary jazz stars Nathan East, Marc Antoine, Euge Groove, Will Donato, Darren Rahn and Julian Vaughn. Her third CD “Live at the Outpost Performance Space” was a 2017 New Mexico Music Awards nominee for “Best Vocal Performance.”
Let us customize your experience. The Art of Jazz with Tracey Whitney will give your event the sophistication and elegance you deserve with one of the best live shows in town! Email us in the INQUIRIES box below or call 505.312.8812 and together we'll perfectly tailor an evening you’ll remember for years to come!
MEET THE BAND: The Art of Jazz with Tracey Whitney features pianist Sid Fendley, bassist Rodney Bowe and drummer Wayne Johnson. For Tracey’s bio, click on the ABOUT button above.
Sid Fendley, Keyboards + Vocals: From Roswell via Dallas, Sid is a staple of the Albuquerque jazz scene, playing solo or freelancing with several bands, he also backed Albuquerque favorite Linda Cotton for 12 years. Owner of Mountain Road Recording Studios, Sid has taped over 15,000 commercials since he opened, working with many of the city's big ad agencies (you actually hear his commercials all the time). He’s also recorded many local musicians, including Linda Meyers, Michael Anthony, Michael Mauldin, Phil Lenk and Susie Tallman. Sid is the leader of the One Spiritual Center Band and has been performing with Tracey since 2014.
Rodney Bowe, Bass + Vocals: Born in Los Angeles, CA, bassist/vocalist Rodney was recently featured in Albuquerque the Magazine. A band leader in his own right, he’s performed regionally and internationally with a multitude of performers, including the Langston Hughes Project with Dr. Ron McCurdy, the National Dance Institute Music Ensemble, as well as freelancing with numerous other bands and productions. Rodney has performed with Tracey since 2017.
Wayne Johnson, Drummer: Born in New York City, Wayne Johnson attended North Texas State University, Jazz Studies, in 1975. Upon his return to NYC, he began playing with the Mark Estebaz Quartet. After 20-year hiatus, and a move to Albuquerque, he began playing with The John Lewis Quartet, New York Louie and Friends, Little Jazz Quartet, Inside Out Jazz Quartet, and the Andy Poling Trio. Wayne began playing with Tracey Whitney at the Hotel Andaluz in 2016 and has been gigging with her - and lovin’ it - ever since!