Wanda Cook, a premier songstress whose melodic vocal transports you back to the 60’s and 60’s, appears in various venues in and around Englewood, Florida.
We caught her performance outdoors at the Englewood Market on Thursday mornings, not the best of venues for this woman’s mellow silkiness. She really needs a classy, low-lit bar as those in which Ella and Dinah choraled their soft jazz and blues melodies.
Wanda is of that same genre as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. When she sings ‘Unforgettable’ you can just picture King Nat Cole in some smokey bar crooning as he did. Wanda channels the voices of the 60 and 70’s era, making you feel nostalgic for those gentle, softer times when singers coddled you in lyrics and tones that gave you comfort and warmth, tones lost to audiences of today. Jazz and blues afficionadoes in Canada will draw comparisons with Mollie Johnson, a fair and complimentary comparison to each of these great sounding songstresses.
Wanda performs regularly in the Englewood area in places such as Vino Loco and the Paraiso Mexican Grille, venues that have intimacy and coziness to better showcase this lady’s silky smooth vocals.