Summer of Jazz’s Marvalous performer |

Summer of Jazz’s Marvalous performer

April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” One unanswered call to Marva Wright’s cell phone and there’s no mistaking who she is.

“You have reached the Blues Queen of New Orleans,” says her voicemail prompt, after “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye plays.

And fans have good reason to call her that.

Wright is an award-winning jazz, blues and gospel vocalist who has performed at venues ranging from the White House to a television special filmed in New Orleans for the National Football League’s 1991 Super Bowl, according to her Web site. The Post Independent was unable to reach Wright Tuesday as she traveled to Glenwood Springs.

She recorded her first song, “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. In 1999, Wright made the jump to the Silver Screen, playing the role of a singer at the pool in the Antonio Banderas-directed film “Crazy in Alabama,” starring Melanie Griffith and Meat Loaf.

According to her Web site’s biography, by Linda Seida of the All Music Guide, Wright did not turn professional until 1987 as she neared the age of 40. Wright is a mother of four, grandmother of 11, and on May 29, became a great-grandmother.

This year, she has regularly performed with her band at the French Quarter Bar at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. During a recent tribute to American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, she hosted a free Sunday gospel concert during Jazz Aspen’s June Festival in downtown Aspen. At the end of the month, Wright performs at the Poconos Blues Fest in Pennsylvania. In mid-August, she travels to São Paulo, Brazil, to sing.

Wright’s free outdoor performance takes place at 7 p.m. today in Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.

After today, one show remains in the eight-concert Summer of Jazz series. The always funky Rebirth Brass Band plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. The band celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2008.

To hear samples of Wright’s music, log on to, under the Discography link. For information about Glenwood’s annual jazz concert series, visit

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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