Vocalist Sherry Williams, accompanied by the All Star Big Band, will sing some of the greatest hits of the swing era at the Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. as part of the 2012-13 Indian Wells Theater Concert Series.
Songs will include “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Stormy Monday Blues” and “Blame It on My Youth.”
As a high school student in San Bernardino, Williams got a chance to sing and tour with “The Young Americans.”
“That’s heavy stuff when you’re 16, but it gave me the foundation I needed,” said Williams.
Following “The Young Americans,” Williams became a member of Disneyland’s “Kids of the Kingdom” group and then worked with Roger Wagner and the UCLA Choir, both in Los Angeles and in Europe.
Williams has appeared on many television shows, including “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “The Glen Campbell Show,” “The Tom Jones Show,” “The Della Reese Show” and “Soul Train.” She has also toured with singers Andy Gibb and Johnnie Ray.
In 1976, Williams toured Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. She performed and polished her nightclub act on tour, developing the elegant style for which she is now known.
Williams also has acted in films and on television and has worked extensively in and around the Los Angeles and Denver areas in nightclubs and festivals.
She has recorded three solo CDs. In 1997, she released her first CD, “The Way You Love Me,” to rave reviews. Her second release, “A Taste of Sherry,” was on the 2003 Grammy ballot. One of the songs was used in the soundtrack of the film “The Core.” In late 2003, she released, “You Must Believe in Spring.”
Williams has worked with a multitude of jazz greats, and even shared the stage with the late Herbie Mann.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater box office at (760) 341-6909.
The Indian Wells Theater is located on CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St., in Palm Desert.
The remaining concert in the series is “Meet Me at the Copa – Latin Nights” on March 10. All concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.
For more information about “Swing Time” or any of the other concerts at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus, visit the Indian Wells Theater website.
For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.