**Second Show at 9:30PM**
Audrey Shakir was born into a musical family in
Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother was a great pianist, organist and vocal coach, and
her father loved to sing. Her parents loved all sorts of music, and she heard
everything from the classics to big band to small combos in the house. Even her
aunts and uncles directed and played for church choirs. Audrey has also passed
down her musical talents to her son, Walter Blanding, Jr. Walter plays saxophone
in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, directed by Wynton Marsalis.
Audrey Shakir moved to Atlanta in 1989. Since
then, Audrey has been performing in the Atlanta area, including several Atlanta
Jazz Festival performances. She was also nominated for the 1992 Coca-Cola Music
Award for “Best Blues Artist” and has been featured in several articles about
the Atlanta arts scene.