August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Landis is a seven-Time Detroit Music Awards “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” Winner, along with being recognized for “Outstanding Traditional Jazz Group” and “Outstanding Jazz Composer” (co-winner with Rick Matle).
Landis draws inspiration from vocal artists Sarah Vaughan, Flora Purim and Joni Mitchell. Motown, Brazilian bossa nova and samba, classic rock and pop have also been influences in forming her soulful sound amalgam.
David Nathan, of AllMusic, writes, “Landis has an extraordinarily flexible voice and an uncanny ability to use it to great advantage. She scats, sings ballads, loves Latin rhythms, and can swing. She does jazz, rock, bebop, as well as Latin with absolute equanimity. Although having been on stage for more than 30 years, Landis has never fallen into a rut. Her work continues to exude vitality, excitement, diversity, and originality”.
Not content to simply sing and scat in the jazz vocal tradition, Landis takes the lead from vocal innovators Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin in expanding her vocal palette to include uncanny imitations of the harmonica, trumpet, flute, synthesizer, string bass and even drums.