"I feel like some jazz today,” says American singer Eve Corneliuos. She is simply too cool to manifest her limitless love for jazz in a matter of fact tone.
The high-octane singer has one of those honeyed voices you cannot forget, like that of Diane Reeves or Patti Austin. Like the gemstone carnelian, known for its metaphysical and healing properties, Corneliuos’ voice evokes some sort of magic.
Her vocal acrobatics let her juggle jazz, soul and blues like a bunch of oranges. Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald were among the major inspirations for Cornelious, born in Newark, NJ, and raised in Newport News, VA.
According to one Jazz Times critic, Willard Jenkins, "Eve's voice has a beautiful, charming lilt and warm sense of humor that can turn deep and affecting when dealing with certain blues hues. She is blessed with a skilled sense of swing and never overuses her considerable scat technique."
The vocalist has enjoyed a remarkable career, touring across Europe, Japan, and Cuba with Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Chucho Valdez, Mulgrew Miller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Mark Whitfield and Tim Warfield.
She has recorded with Norman Conners and Ramsey Lewis and performed at festivals around the world, including Monterey, Montreaux and the JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.
Currently a jazz vocal teacher at East Carolina University, Cornelious shares her love for music with her soulmates, following the mood of her album, I Feel Like Some Jazz Today.