Regina is...the songs of Dinah Washington

by Regina Marie Williams

Released 2004
Released 2004
Jazz, ballads and blues conveyed with tenderness and sass and shaded with the grand legacy of the gospel and the spirtual.
Regina is a former member of the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness recording with them at Jimmmy Jam and Terry Lewis' Flytime Studios in the late 1980's. And although a featured vocalist on the Two Queens One Castle soundtrack, written and co-produced by Grammy nominee jevetta Steele, this is Regina's first solo effort.

Regina is a Southern California transplant. Finding her way to Minneapolis Minnesota 25 years ago by way of Sesame Street Live. Where she rehearsed for six National Tours.
Minneapolis is now what she considers home.

Ms Williams has performed predomminantely in theater; Penumbra Theatre (The only black theater in Minnesota and boasts company members such as Pulitzer Prize Winner, August Wilson), The Guthrie Theatre in Regina Taylor's Crowns, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Dinah Was. But she has done commercials (Best Buy,Minnesota Lottery) Industrials (Mixed Blood Theater/Health Partners and other live performances (Guest Vocalist for 2004 Aquatennial at the renouned 1100 seat Ted Mann Concert Hall. She belongs to Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild as well as AFTRA and has for over 20 years.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune crowned her Best Actress of the year (2003) in a Musical. In Minneapolis where it seems every Actor is working, that is consider quite an honor.

Regina is...the songs of Dinah Washington was musically produced by the founder, arranger major piano man, Mr. Sanford Moore of the extraordinary MOORE by FOUR. The cd features vocalists, T. Mychael Rambo (jazz cd SIMPLY) and jazz phenom Dennis Spears. On bass is Gordon Johnson, Sax and flute is Dave Karr who called Ms Williams before the recording date to confirm. He had made a comittment and if he wasn't going to be available for Ms Aretha Franklin he wanted to call and let her know to book with another sax player. He was able to do both gigs. Drummer Steve Jennings also played with Ms Williams for the fabulous runs of Dinah Was at both Penumbra and the Ordway.


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