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SCV resident to perform

Posted: September 18, 2008 8:51 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

So a doctor walks into a bakery ...

That might sound like the beginning of stale joke, but in this case the doctor is Tish Oney, DMA and the bakery is Los Angeles' famed Jazz Bakery.

On Sunday night Oney and her band will take to the stage for two sets of music to celebrate the release of her CD "Dear Peg," a 14-song tribute to the songwriting of Peggy Lee.

The album features faithful performances from Oney and her band that evoke the spirit of Miss Peggy Lee.

Her performance Sunday with the John Chiodini Quintet will reunite several members of Lee's band, with Chiodini on guitar, Chris Conner on bass, Bill Watrous on trombone and Bob Leatherbarrow on vibes.

Oney has been travelling with the Peggy Lee Project, which she said was really an outgrowth of her doctoral dissertation on "The Lyrical Genius of Peggy Lee." She received her doctorate in jazz studies from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Officially she holds a doctorate in musical studies.

"I've spent a lot of time learning and singing (Peggy Lee's) songs," said Oney, a four-year Santa Clarita resident who's been singing professionally since the age of 16.

Things really started to take off while Oney was studying at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she sang in a wedding band - "the best band in the city," as she put it, performing 100 nights per year while doing her undergraduate studies in medicine.

And while she works as a songwriter, arranger, vocal teacher, and also sings classical, jazz still holds a special place in her heart, since the first time she did a scat solo in high school.

"Jazz is very interesting," she said, going on to say that while a lot of jazz performance includes standards, if a performer is inventive enough there's always something new to add.

"They're songs worth keeping alive," she said.

The highlight of her career so far? She was quick to answer that it was performing at 2007's "We Love Ella!" tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in Los Angeles - MC'd by Quincy Jones - alongside the likes of Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Take 6.

Sunday marks the first time Oney will perform at the Jazz Bakery, and she's expecting a good crowd.

Located off Interstate 10 near Culver City, the Jazz Bakery is a seven-day-a-week nonprofit venue founded more than 15 years ago by Ruth Price as a place to showcase and preserve jazz music.

For more information on Tish Oney and her performance dates, visit


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