One of the most highly respected, in-demand sax players on the blues, Americana, and R&B scene, Nancy Wright stepped forward in 2009, releasing four critically acclaimed solo albums and receiving four consecutive Blues Music Award nominations. Seasoning from decades of “sideman” work (including John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, and Tommy Castro) is evident. With stunning command of the tenor sax, a fat rich tone and warm vibrato, she utilizes growls, sputters, honks and high-note wails while never losing sight of the strong melodies at the core of her trademark emotional soloing. Her naturally bluesy voice, ranging from soulful to saucy, is steeped in old school R&B. Living Blues hails her as “one of the brightest stars in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene and nationwide.” Backed by her Rhythm and Roots Band, she delivers solid soul blues, funk and soul jazz originals with fresh blues, roots, and Americana renditions.
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Nancy Wright follows up her very successful PLAYDATE! release with the smoking hot live recording Alive and Blue from the legendary San Francisco music club, The Saloon. Dripping with grease and soul, the 12-song set includes five of Nancy’s original compositions and showcases the relaxed interplay of veteran musicians.
“One of the finest tenor sax players in the country . . . Wright’s deep command of her instrument shows up on literally every track, whether playing blues, R&B, soul, or the deepest funk . . . one of spunky Vizztone Records’ jewels.”
– Joseph Jordan, Blues Music Magazine
“Emulation combined with innovation and syncopation, leading to an ovation . . . just listen to ‘Soul Serenade’ . . . demonstrates the meshed gears of this combo and the full strength and soul of Nancy Wright’s saxophone mastery.”
– Steve Daniels, Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine
“She’s cooking on all burners with the gas high . . . killer stuff that takes that greasy sax to places you’ve only heard in your dreams.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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Nancy Wright released her third album PLAYDATE! in September 2016, on the heels of her successful 2015 all-original Putting Down Roots release. PLAYDATE! delivers both originals and fresh renditions of cover material across soul blues, funk, blues, roots and Americana styles, with star-studded special guests drawn 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 shouts and purrs through her tenor saxophone . . .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
‘There is Something on Your Mind’ has always been a defining tune to see if sax players measure up and Wright literally blows the top off, taking it out to the deep end.”
– James Nadal, All About Jazz
“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
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Well-established as a top Blues sax sideman for more than 30 years, Nancy Wright released her blues/roots CD Putting Down Roots 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.
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, San Francisco Chronicle
“Nancy . . . and the band have nailed PUTTING DOWN ROOTS in every way possible”
– Dick Shurman, blues producer and historian
“Wright is a marvelous songwriter, a stunning sax player, a serene vocalist, and a par excellence record producer”
– Joseph Jordan, The Golden Gate Blues Society