Etta Cox

Live at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
About The Artist: 

Etta Cox, Vocals
Al Dowe, Trombone
Jeff Lashway, Piano
Ron Horton, Trumpet
Lou Stellute, Tenor Sax
Tony Campbell, Alto Sax
Tony DePaolis, Bass
James Johnson III, Drums


Etta Cox, originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, has performed in the tri-state area for many years. She has appeared on Broadway in I LOVE MY WIFE, with Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, the 1940’s RADIO HOUR with Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as the starring role in Showtime’s production of THE ME NOBODY KNOWS. Locally she has appeared in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, City Theater's productions of FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, SPUNK, AVENUE X and CROWNS. She is well remembered for her starring roles in Ken Gargaro’s production of BEEHIVE and the Shakespeare Festival's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Her film career started in 1985 with SILENT WITNESS, starring Valerie Bertinelli and John Savage, LADY BEWARE, with Diane Lane and Michael Woods, CRIMINAL JUSTICE with Jennifer Grey an Forrest Whitaker, BUMP IN THE NIGHT with Meredith Baxter and Christopher Reeves and THE CEMETERY CLUB with Ellen Burstyn and Danny Aiello, WARRIOR starring Nick Nolte and THE NEXT THREE DAYS with Russell Crowe.

Ms. Cox was the co-host of the television talk show CITYLIFE for eight years. She and Al Dowe have been performing not only in the Pittsburgh area but New York, Atlantic City and Key West Florida. They were also the co-owners of the popular jazz club DOWE’S ON 9TH. They have opened for such names as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, David Brenner, Debbie Reynolds Donald O’Connor, Danny Glover, Ossie Davis, Mavis Staples, Mark Murphy and Allen Harris. She and Mr. Dowe made a premiere performance with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's production of SMOKIN’ ROSES with performances at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater and Wolf Trap.

Etta Cox has been voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Pittsburgh for 8 consecutive years and has received the Harry Schwalb Award for Excellence in the Arts, was selected as one of the 25 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN PITTSBURGH by Pittsburgh Magazine, voted Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, received Talk Magazine’s 2008 Walt Harper All that Jazz Award, 2001 Arts and Letters Award from the YWCA, and Lifetime Achievement Award from Covenant Church on the Hill for 2008. Ms. Cox earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Voice from Mt. St. Scholastic College and also attended Missouri University. She taught in the St. Louis, Missouri, school district for three years before moving to Pittsburgh. Ms. Cox is currently a Voice and Solfeggio teacher at CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts High School). She also teaches private voices lessons at the Karen Prunzik Broadway Dance Studio twice a week. As a member of Allegheny Center Alliance Church she realizes that in all things give God the Glory!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016  |  Concert at 7:30 PM  |  Pre-concert mixer at 6:30 PM
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberty
Tickets are $25 and include refreshments from The Livermore!

Beloved Pittsburgh jazz singer Etta Cox and her band, featuring Al Dowe, play a program of favorites!