Monica Ramey

Selections from: Make Someone Happy (Cognito Music/2010)

For over a century traditional hotbed cities for jazz like New Orleans, New York, Detroit and Philadelphia have attracted generations of musicians the world over; Musicians seeking to add their names and voices to this rich tradition. Well step aside, as we see upstart communities across the country becoming important touchstones for jazz in their own right. Monica Ramey is a vocalist, born in a small town in Indiana. She studied music in Chicago, IL. After school Ramey moved to Music City, USA; Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a career in jazz. Her debut recording is titled, Make Someone Happy.

So how does someone from a small Indiana town make jazz a career pursuit? Monica explains.