Lead Vocals, 1996-1998

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J Performing at Kenny's Castaways, New York City, November 22, 1998
Photograph by Marie Radford

J made her debut with The Professors in dramatic fashion at the International Communication Association show in Chicago, May 25, 1996. Until that time, everyone thought of J as being quite shy and reserved. And yet J was a talented and versatile blues vocalist waiting to be unleashed. An audience member at the Professors' gigat Kenny's Castaways on November 22, 1998, wrote of J's performance: "Chanteuse J has the uncanny ability to beguile an audience with warmth and humor, and then unleash her seductive voice like a striking panther. Be careful! She goes straight for the heart." J sang with the band from 1996-1998 and wrote the lyrics for the classic Dark and Stormy Day.

Here is J performing the blues classic "Five Long Years," recorded in Chicago, IL, May 24, 1996.

This page last updated July 6, 2013 by Gary Radford.
Many thanks to Kurt Wagner, Marie Radford, and Jon Oliver.