Tradewinds of My Dreams
Nita began her musical journey by entering into a rich family legacy of the love and study of classical music, both voice and cello. In a sense, however, Nita's true passion for music began when she found jazz. Nita spent several years studying jazz vocal technique beginning with bassist Carroll Dashiels, in North Carolina. Upon moving to the Baltimore area, Nita resumed her studies with Ethel Ennis, Stef Scaggiari, Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston, and most recently being mentored by Ruby Glover. Nita spent over a year and a half becoming active in the local jazz scene, sitting in with friends Bob Diener and Victor Dvoskin and performing at 'Twins Lounge' in Washington as part of the 'Emerging Jazz Artists' program run by Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston. Recently Nita has begun singing with 'The Art of Meaning', a pop group she met after joining Baltimore Songwriters Association (BSA). Nita, a former Vice President of the BSA and Paul Iwancio, the founder, perform as the duo, 'Take Two'. Nita was one of the winners in the'Billie Holiday Jazz Vocal Competition' in 2000. In 2004 Nita sang with Les Paul in New York City at The Iridium Club.