Sylvia is a musical storyteller
She weaves moving and poignant tales using her classical technique, jazz sensibilities, and pure love of song
She’s Sylvia Mims, The Unclassified Singer!
Sylvia Mims is a rare talent, seamlessly blending a deeply-rooted jazz sensibility with classical training. Jazz pianist great Les McCann aptly describes Sylvia's voice, lauding it for its beauty, effortless range, and the rare gift of storytelling through song. Sylvia's timbre is like a signature: unique and making each song personal and each story genuinely lived; her extraordinary vocal range mirrors her genre spectrum: the Great American Song Book, contemporary Jazz, Bossa Nova, Broadway, Blues, and R & B.
Originally from Los Angeles, Sylvia was active in southern California, being the featured vocalist at the Swing Jazz City Orchestra, and performing at prominent Jazz hot spots such as Chadney’s, Ca’del Sole, Frankie’s, Lunaria’s, Micelli’s, The Money Tree, Pointe 705, Hotel Del Coronado, and The Loews Hotel, among others. Notable accompanying musicians include Tamir Hendelman, Billy Higgins, Earl Palmer, Bobby Rodriguez, Kendall Kay, Jamie Findlay, Dave Koonse, and Gene Bertoncini. In addition to live appearances, she has recorded with Karen Hammack, Putter Smith, and Roy McCurdy.
In the Tri-State area, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, as a winner in the American Fine Arts Festival’s Golden Voices of America competition, and numerous venues in CT and NY. Sylvia released her debut CD, Where Lovers Live, in November 2014 with legendary jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and musical director Donn Trenner. Among notable critical acclaims, renowned jazz journalist, Scott Yanow says, “She has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and a powerful delivery, hitting the center of every note. She puts a lot of feeling into the lyrics of each song, has attractive jazz phrasing, and swings at every tempo”
Sylvia’s sophomore CD, Rhapsody In Technicolor, has an array of colors, ranging from her tender delivery of The Nearness of You, to a Rhumbaesque version of Sting’s “Fragile”, and a uniquely modern jazz twist on the American folk song “House of the Rising Sun”. The musicianship is outstanding, featuring some of the finest East Coast talent, including Matt Dwonszyk on bass, Matt DeChamplain on piano, Curtis Torian on drums, Taber Gable on piano, Jonathan Barber on drums, Cesar Garabini on classical guitar, Jason Anick on violin, and Josh Bruneau on trumpet. Sylvia’s long-time friend and mentor Donn Trenner is featured on the album, including on Donn’s original composition “Here I Am With You”. Rhapsody In Technicolor is a musical anthology of soundscapes, each with its own unique color palette.