Nancy Wright PLAYDATE!


Nancy Wright, one of the most highly respected and in-demand sax players on today’s blues, Americana and R&B scene, released her third album PLAYDATE! in September 2016, on the heels of her successful 2015 all-original Putting Down Roots release (voted top 20 blues album in Downbeat Readers Poll). For PLAYDATE!, Nancy continues to deliver original material but also delivers fresh renditions of blues/roots/Americana cover material. Nancy has been blessed to work with award-winning blues/roots artists, and the CD’s ten special guests draw from Nancy’s musical network: Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Frank Bey, Wee Willie Walker, Victor Wainright, Mike Schermer, Chris Cain, Terrie Odabi, and Jim Pugh.

“Nancy Wright has a winner with PLAYDATE! Her stellar tenor sax, singing and songwriting place her right at home in the very distinguished company with which she has surrounded herself, and show her mastery of blues, R & B and swing.”
– Dick Shurman, blues producer and historian

“Her tenor is, by turns, slathered with Noble “Thin Man” Watts
Southern-fried grease, robust with King Curtis soulfulness and
buffed to a gleam with pungent Junior Walker funk.”
— Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

Nancy Wright "Putting Down Roots"


Well-established as a top Blues sax sideman for more than 30 years, Nancy Wright released a new blues/roots CD in early 2015, adding vocal and songwriting dimensions to her artistry. “Putting Down Roots” consists of twelve blues/roots originals (six instrumentals and six vocals) spanning blues, R&B, New Orleans, funk, and gospel styles.

Nancy . . . and the band have nailed PUTTING DOWN ROOTS in every way possible”
– Dick Shurman, blues producer and historian

Saxophonist Nancy Wright has been blowing ‘em away on Bay Area stages for decades, but who knew she could sing like this? She’s a Junior Walker Jr. and a Bonnie Raitt blueslinger rolled up in one sweet, soulful package. “Putting Down Roots” is a major breakthrough for this accomplished, beautiful lady.
– Joel Selvin, music critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Nancy Wright-Blues Cruise-January 2015“One of the hottest blues sax players in the business, she is known for powerful, soulful, fascinating playing. Her sax solos are a highlight of any show she’s in.”
– John Orr, San Jose Mercury News

“ . . . Big, fat tone, warm vibrato, nice building of tension and release . . . some kickass blues playing and loads of fun to listen to . . .”
– Bruce Iglauer, President of Alligator Records

” . . . Wright (has a) naturally bluesy voice . . . a semi-shouting mezzo soprano that’s reminiscent in its approach to Ruth Brown and Dinah Washington . . . (she doesn’t) just sing the blues, (she) feel(s) them as well.”
– George “Blues Fin Tuna” Fish, Blues Blast Magazine

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