Renée Manning is a gutsy, soulful, jazz vocalist with blues and R&B leanings. You can hear Billie Holiday in her phrasing but were she a tenor saxophonist she would be closer to Houston Person or Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis than Stan Getz. Although she is bop-oriented and has been influenced by Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, she shows an awareness of jazz-influenced classic blues singers like Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, and Ma Rainey. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Renée attended New York’s Music & Art High School and can be heard on albums by hard bop/soul-jazz players such as David “Fathead” Newman and Nat Adderley. In the 1980s, Renée began a five-year gig as featured vocalist for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. She has made two albums: As Is and Uhm…Uhm…Uhmmmm.