Musicians: Libby McDowell: vocals Mike McDowell: saxes, flute, harmonicas and percussion Mike Arenson: keyboards Rob Swanson: bass, guitar and percussion Jackie Browne: drums with Ron Reid and Scott Davidson on percussion ___________________ 'Captivating vocals and a savvy blend of jazz, blues, and Brazilian rhythms makes 'Joy' a CD that you will find yourself listening to over and over again. I particularly like the title track, 'Joy,' which is a feel good tune, reminiscent of a festive holiday song. Add this CD to your wish list, or buy it for yourself or a friend. You will be glad that you did.' -Derek M.A. Alexander, author of 'Brainchild,' ____________________ JOY reflects the place where several musical influences that shape Libby's artistry crystalize into a bright light of sound. A Philadelphia native, Libby Winchester McDowell began performing acoustic blues/folk music in North Carolina, both as a solo performer and in the duo Woltz and Winchester. She was the featured singer with Greensboro area jazz bands Mimosa and Salt and Pepper in the late 70s. In the early 80s, Libby moved back to the Philadelphia area from where she toured as a solo folk/jazz/blues performer at clubs and college venues up and down the East Coast. Libby moved to Delaware in 1985, where she continued to develop a jazz repertoire. In 1994, she and husband saxophonist Mike McDowell formed the acoustic jazz band Tate Street, performing jazz standards and ballads. Increasingly drawn to Brazilian rhythms, Libby and Mike reformed the band as The Libby McDowell Jazz Band, featuring a fluid mix of bossa nova, ballads, jazz standards, and blues.