sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry
voice and powerhouse energy. She is a triple threat- a great songwriter,
vocalist and blows harp like there's no tomorrow...
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she began playing harmonica and
immersing herself into the Blues in 1987. Boston was an inspiring place
to be as she was surrounded by so many talented harmonica and horn
players. Her earliest childhood memories relating to music were
listening and singing along with her mother's Louis Armstrong and Billie
Holiday records. Her true passion though was in learning to play an instrument so at age 8 her grandmother set her up with accordion lessons..not exactly what she had in mind, but it was a start and lead to playing other instruments like guitar and bass guitar, and eventually finding the one instrument that truly resonated with her…the harmonica. She
knew this was her calling so she went looking for a job that she could
support herself while at the same time focusing on practicing
harmonica...that job was driving limos.
For the next 4 years she spent most of her time
behind the wheel of a big black stretch practicing her harp while
waiting for clients. Almost immediately she was out testing the waters
at jam sessions around town and within a year or so she had established
her own Blue Monday Night Jam at Wally's Cafe in the south end of
Boston, a stone's throw from Berklee College of Music, which she ran for
3 years... By then it was time to quit the limo job and go full time as
a musician which she has been doing since 1991.
Her next project was holding a steady Tuesday night gig which ran for 6
years at the Marketplace Cafe in the Historical Fanueil Hall...this was
different than a jam..it was more like an invitational jam where the
house band changed every week and featured different guest artists.
This was by far some of the best schooling she could have ever had,
playing with some of the most talented local, regional and at times
national artists that would come through town who had heard about the
"scene" at the Marketplace. But alas the place got sold and that was the
end of that...next stop...the road. Since then Cheryl has been touring regionally, nationally and internationally.
She has recorded on several cds with her most recent one, being her 1st
solo effort, "Blues Got Me" including 7 original songs, backed by a
stellar 7 piece band and produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on a
In 2001 Cheryl started sharing her gift and passion with others
teaching harmonica lessons privately and to groups. In 2007 Jason Ricci
introduced her to Jon Gindick who was holding one of his harmonica jam
camps in Dallas TX. It wasn't long before she got the call from Jon to
teach at his next camp which was being held in Tampa Florida later that
Cheryl now teaches at 4 camps a year, 3 of which are held in the
"Heart of the Delta" in Clarksdale, Mississippi at The Shack Up Inn and one to be in Ventura California.
The harmonica has brought her to many exotic places and afforded her a
wealth of wonderful experiences! So whether it's on a big festival stage
fronting her own band, playing an acoustic duo in some cozy little wine
bar, singing and playing with a 20 piece orchestra in Dallas TX,
touring around Italy, being a side person in someone else's band, giving
harmonica lessons on Skype or teaching at Jon Gindick's Jam camps,
Cheryl's beloved pocket pal is always close to her side ready for the
next musical adventure!
Cheryl is endorsed by Hohner and plays Hohner Marine Band harmonicas.
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