Abbe Buck is a singer of jazz standards. Her interpretations of songs from a bygone era hark back to the days of the big band and supper club era. She brings the verve of a band singer to her stylings, along with an infectious sense of humor. "Abbe Buck, Saloon Songs, Vintage Style" will have you asking for song requests! Artist Biography Artist: Abbe Buck, Vocalist Genres: Jazz / Cabaret / Traditional Popular Music. Members: Abbe Buck, Edmond Charles, Music Director. About the Artist: Abbe Buck, a native Chicagoan, began to listen to the big bands of Woody Herman and Gene Krupa in Junior High. She began voice training at age 10 and singing professionally (and playing slide trombone) while in ninth grade. Miss Buck had subsequently worked with several big bands including the Marie Landis Big Band in Philadelphia during the 1980s, and several trios and quartets in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. Miss Buck stopped singing to marry and raise a family, but by chance revisited her love of singers and songs during a chance meeting with the late, great Rosemary Clooney. She claims that she learned how to by listening to the phrasing and ''storytelling'' on the albums of Miss Clooney and other singers of the boomer generation, such as Bea Wain, Margaret Whiting and Bob Stewart, all who became friends of Abbe Buck. It was Miss Clooney, who mentored Miss Buck after hours in clubs like Michael's Pub and Rainbow and Stars, and urged her to record ''Big Band Swing and Saloon Style" CD, the songs from a bygone era", which remains a seller on AMAZON Editorial Reviews...Abbe Buck's ''Songs from a Bygone Era'' celebrate the true ''swing'' idiom ...traditional jazz...pop...).
Buck takes where she learned how to sing very seriously, by keeping the genre of true traditional pop and jazz alive. Very few singers today understand it is both words and music along with phrasing that made a singer knew have a unique style all of their own long before before Miss Buck began to sing, harking back to the days of the great Billie Holiday and Mildred Bailey "The singer today is aided by amplification and will lip-sync off of a recording. Not me." Miss Buck says.. She goes at everything she sings live, and her voice is right from the heart and gut reaching to the very last seat in the audience. Miss Buck is proud to have cared about many of the vocal giants that have come before her. She has been a board member of The Society of Singers, a non-profit organization with headquarters in Los Angeles, where she was co-board member with Sy Kravitz (Lenny's father) and Mercedes Ellington. The Society of Singers or "SOS" as Abbe affectionately refer to the organization "is dedicated to assisting vocalists who are in their twilight years or are infirm, who have never received royalties for recording during the big band or rock and roll eras. They provide assistance, funding and other support that would otherwise not be able to happen for these individuals "Proceeds from Buck's CD ''Big Band Swing and Saloon Style'' go directly to the Society of Singers organization. ''One wish I have is to keep this music alive --after all, it is our history. It must pass on and be enjoyed by new generations. By working with Society of Singers I had another chance to do this."
Buck is equally comfortable in a room of 50 or an audience of 2500 + plus. Big or small, she lives to entertain. She calls herself, "the last of the throwbacks" from the days of the Hollywood Palace, when entertaining as well as the voice meant something to the audience.
Abbe Buck mainly performs with Edmond Charles on keyboard and his jazz combo, staffed with talented musicians of alto saxophone, trumpet, upright bass and drums. Abbe seeks to work with musicians that have a traditional pop and jazz vibe, that hark back to the days of Anita O'Day, Billy Eckstein, Roy Eldridge and Carmen McRae. "I seek to keep an era alive that is leaving us very quickly. Edmond Charles and I perform the music from the wonderful eras of the 1920s through the 1960s. I like to sing songs like "Bye Bye Blackbird," and see how many remember the song, and who will be singing it with me from the audience. For those who don't know it, it is fun that they will ask me, 'Are there recordings of it?', 'Can I hear it later?' ...And I will say, yes, and the song is living history, it is one hundred years old. I believe it is very important to communicate the music to the past for the generations who still want to listen to it, and for future generations who wonder, what is this music all about? We can take our audiences back in time. And when I get requests, or the audience joins me, what is a surprise is how the songs bring back the feelings so many used to feel, as well as this sense of discovery, and these great feelings can go on for days after we entertained." Abbe Buck says. And watch what happens after you have a chance to meet Abbe Buck. Make a date.