Toni Lynn Washington, also known as Boston’s Queen of the Blues, will perform jazz and blues with the Frank Wilkins Quartet at the Woods Hole Community Hall Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 PM.
Ms. Washington has been entertaining audiences for more than four decades. She grew up in North Carolina and learned to sing in a church choir. Her music career began when her family moved to Boston, and the underage Ms. Washington slipped onto the stage at some of Boston’s best clubs.
After years on the road as the female lead for a popular rhythm & blues group, Ms. Washington moved back to Boston in the early 1980s. Her career took off when she became the female lead for the group Boston Baked Blues and eventually The Toni Lynn Washington Band.
Ms. Washington has released four albums and has garnered seven W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, the highest accolade for blues musicians. In 1999 she received “Album of the Year” and “Outstanding Blues Album” at the W.C. Handy and Boston Music Awards, respectively. Ms. Washington was awarded the Boston Blues Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and has logged more than 2,000 performances at major festivals and venues throughout the world.
Backing up Ms. Washington at the community hall will be the Frank Wilkins Quartet featuring Frank Wilkins on piano, along with Scott Shetler on reeds, bassist Dave Zox and percussionist Royal Hartigan.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.FalmouthJazz.org or in person at Eight Cousins Bookshop in Falmouth or Under the Sun in Woods Hole.